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Robert Platt

Robert Platt

Associate Professor, School of Art & Design


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Curriculum Vitae

PhD (Painting) Kyoto City University of Arts, 2010 M.A (Painting) The Royal College of Art, 2001 P.G.C.E (Art & Design) London Institute of Education, 1997 B.A (Hons) (Fine Art) Nottingham Trent University of Art & Design, 1996


Artist Robert Platt joined the School of Art & Design faculty in 2011. Prior to this he undertook international research in Japan at Kyoto City University of Arts, successfully completing his PhD in Painting in 2010. His research explored the boundaries and interrelationships between nature and optics in a theme he calls ‘Huntorama’, his interpretation of the mediated landscape. In particular he is interested in the frame through which we tend to observe landscape and the tendency to project images and ideas onto nature that are the result of imported cultural constructs. His research explores complex contradictions between aesthetic conventions in our social relations to the natural world, whilst exploring the ways in which technology informs, challenges and interacts with paintings history and representation.

Platt often presents painting as a dynamic confluence of large-scale wall installation, spatial interventions, sound collaboration and phantasmagorical spectacles, demonstrating a commitment to expanding the possibilities of painting in new interdisciplinary crossovers. His knowledge of the practical and functional aspects of the Japanese art world, in addition to his varied and frequent collaborations with specialist areas not traditionally associated with Art & Design informs his innovative approach to practice-based research and teaching.

Platt has held teaching posts at numerous institutions, including Kyoto Saga University of Art, Kyoto University of the Arts, and Hanazono University in Japan, and the Arts University College at Bournemouth (UK). As an artist he regularly exhibits in commercial galleries in Tokyo, London and New York as well as numerous international projects and major art fairs. He has been awarded various prizes, awards and grants and his work has featured in Frieze magazine and Art Review in addition to publications in Japan.


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