Rob
Stephenson

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Life is an ongoing exploration of ’things’. After 50+ years of discovery and creation, I am now at THAT junction, on THAT road where design crosses paths with abstract expression, visual communication and surrealism. Out of the resulting chaos springs my art. Being multidisciplinary allows me the freedom to meander through myriad mediums. Scrutinising them, analysing them, learning about them and then applying them, to bring together things that have not been seen together before. The Artist Trebor (Rob) draws inspiration from everywhere. He creates witty, satirical and thought-provoking sculptures and artworks. He grew up in a small rural community called Ohariu Valley, 15 minutes out of Wellington, New Zealand. As a boy, he would sit and draw and paint at every opportunity. He would draw on anything and everything, much to his parent’s dismay. Walls. Doors. Windows… anything. Even paper sometimes. After his high school art teacher recognised his talents he studied for 3 years full-time – plus night school – at what was then Wellington Polytechnic, graduating in 1984. From there he pursued a career in Art Direction, working in some of the world’s big-name multinational ad agencies in Wellington, Sydney and Brisbane, creating many award-winning campaigns. He’s been a Senior Art Director and Associate Creative Director with many of those agencies. He currently runs his own Design Consultancy, The AD Man, which has been creating graphics and marketing materials for the past 20+ years. He is a truly creative thinker with design skills across all media. More recently he has turned back to the ‘art-world’ creating in both 2 and 3 dimensions. Since early 2021, he has exhibited at the internationally acclaimed Swell SculptureFestival 2021 & 2022, Sculptures On The Edge, Sculpture In The Vines – Sirromet Winery (his large ‘Heart’ purchased by Sirromet Wines), the Ekka and many other exhibitions, selling a few pieces and getting a couple of commissions along the way. He has also been accepted to exhibit at this year’s ‘SWELL Sculpture Festival 2023’, ’Ephemera Seaside Sculptures 2023′ in Townsville this July and the Australian Wearable Art Festival 2023 on the Sunshine Coast in August.

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