Robert Scriven has been drawing and painting all his life. His early career involved a short but productive sojourn at an advertising agency where his illustrative talents were highly valued, after which the 22 year old Robert, left to form Scriven Art Studios, an advertising, design and print studio.
It was as a result of stretching the envelope and endeavoring to produce ‘something different’ for his clients that Robert, the designer, cartoonist and illustrator, developed a range of unique illustrative styles and techniques which contributed to the continuing success of Scriven Art Studios in the oftentimes difficult and deadline driven world of advertising. After many very successful years, Robert decided that the time had come to pursue his true passion: producing fine art and it is the skills acquired in the use of all mediums during the “advertising” years that Robert is equally comfortable working in all mediums from crayon to water colour and pastels to acrylic but he revels in the creamy consistency, depth of colour and workability that he feels only oil paints can deliver. Robert’s work is characterized by stunning portrayals of single flowers or leaves, rendered in oil on board. They are unique in that the edges of the works are cut to the shape of the bloom which plays on the realism of his approach. These are amplified to many times life-size, leaving the artist scope for exploration of his subject in exquisite botanical detail and subtle nuances of vibrant colour. The keen attention to light and texture further captures the delicate translucent qualities of his beautiful subjects. Today, Robert paints full time from his studio in Auckland. His works are in private collections worldwide, including London, Zurich, Dubai, Singapore, the USA, Tuscany, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.