Murray Robertson

Sometimes, something you see or hear once can haunt you for decades to come and never quite leave your mind. So it is for me, with the early work of Murray Robertson. Of all the Scottish artists featured in this blog so far, Murray Robertson is the first one that I can’t say I’ve ever met personally, so if he reads this it will come out of the blue to him. I first saw some of these images in the Glasgow Print Studio back in the early 1990’s, and was immediately struck by the intricacy and orginality of their narrative content. As a writer, I find it almost unbelievable that someone could create these works without having first written an entire novel in which he sets out the rules of the perverse and esoteric alternative-universe in which these seems to be set. Long-extinct wild animals of Great Britain like wild boar share scenes with what seem like ancient Pictish warriors who are attired in anachronistic metal armour, in front of industrial technology from the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. But this is not the corny parallel world of Steampunk (was the term even in common use when these pictures were made?) but, it seems to me, something altogether more idiosyncratic and Scottish. The disturbing prevalence of violence and primitivism alongside hints of menacingly pollutive technology…. all hint that the contemporary reality we live in now may not be quite what we think it is.
I’ve seen a lot of pictures since, but few have struck me deeper or left such an indelible mark or made me so curious as to the vision and intent of their creator. So if you’re out there and reading this, Murray…. get in touch and talk about these magnificent images.
You can see more of Murray Robertson’s work at his personal website, called: Certain Errors.

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