Pop art by colour blind Justin

Justin with a selection of his art work at Robertson Fine Art. Pic: Steven Brown
Justin with a selection of his art work at Robertson Fine Art. Pic: Steven Brown

A colour blind artist from Fife is hoping to build on his success of last year which saw his work shown at the National Gallery.

Justin Robertson (33), from Thornton, was one of the many artists from around the world who featured in the ‘Making Colour’ exhibition at the famous London gallery late last year.

Justin has also signed with top art gallery Robertson Fine Art, based in Glenrothes.

Mainly working in a pop art style with acrylics on canvas, Justin is well known for his take on iconic stars of music and film.

Studying at Glenrothes College, where he achieved an HNC/HND in Art in Design, Justin was heavily influenced by his figure and life tutor Scottish artist Ian Mcleod. He then went on to study a BA in computer arts at Abertay University but decided that painting was where his heart lay.

Justin said: “Last year was when it all came to together for me.

“With the exhibition and then signing to Robertson Fine Art gallery, it’s just fantastic.”

Being colour blind hasn’t held Justin back and has seen him bring many a musician to life with a stroke of a brush.

“It was music that really helped me get into painting,” he added. “I’m a fan of Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison – who was my first portrait – so that’s where the pop art comes into my work.

“A few years ago I started experimenting with skin tones,” he continued.

“With the help of the internet and just some practice, I’ve got better at my work.”

Justin is now working on a more contemporary piece.

He said: “The piece I’m working on just now is of a woman at a piano, which is a bit different to my other stuff.

“But I’m still learning every day and getting better.”

For more information about Justin’s work, visit www.robertsonfineart.co.uk/artists/justin-robertson

From stage and silver screen to canvas

Justin is well known for his pop art still artwork featuring iconic stars of the music world and the big screen.

His first piece was of Doors legend Jim Morrison, of whom he says: “The Doors opened the door for my artwork.”

His other work has included screen sirens Charlize Theron, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn.

Justin also puts his love of music on to canvas and has painted music stars including Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger and Oasis star Noel Gallagher.

To see samples of Justin’s work, visit his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/justinrobertsonfineart.