Bob and Roberta Smith RA
Born: 3 February 1963
Elected RA: 11 December 2013
Bob and Roberta Smith is the pseudonym of the artist Patrick Brill. Born in London, he studied at the University of Reading from (1981-1985) and Goldsmiths College (1991).
He trained as a sign painter in New York and uses text as an art form, creating colourful slogans on banners and placards that challenge elitism and advocate the importance of creativity in politics and education.
His best known works are Make Art Not War (1997) and Letter to Michael Gove (2011), a letter to the UK Secretary of State for Education reprimanding him for the “destruction of Britain’s ability to draw, design and sing”.
His curatorial projects include Art U Need: An Outdoor Revolution, which transformed public spaces in the Thames Gateway (2005-2006), and Peace Camp at The Brick Lane Gallery (2006), an exploration of artists’ perceptions of peace. A regular speaker at conferences and symposia, he initiated the Arts’ Party Conference 2013, a forum for artists and organisations to debate the role of art and design in schools.
As well as hosting a radio show called Make Your Own Damn Music on Resonance FM, Bob and Roberta Smith is a writer and musician, often performing with the Ken Brasley Playboy band. In 2009, he was appointed as a Tate Trustee and he is currently Associate Professor at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University.
Bob and Roberta Smith RA - Selected CV
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2013 Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, UK
The Butler Gallery as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland, UK
2012 Hales Gallery, London, UK
2011 Pierogi Gallery, New York, USA
2010 Hales Gallery, London, UK
2009 Galerie Kusseneers, Antwerp, Belgium
Cesane Manzo Gallery, Rome
2008 Tate Britian, London UK
Hales Gallery, London, UK
Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
2007 Galerie Kusseneers, Antwerp, Belgium
Peer Gallery, London, UK
Selected Group Exhibitions
2013 The National College of Arts, Pakistan. British Council touring exhibition
2012 Somerset House, London, UK
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, UK
Red Star Gallery, Beijing China. British Council touring exhibition.
2011-2012 National Gallery, Tirana, Albania, British Council touring exhibition
2011** Olympic Poster Commission LOCOG
Galerie Munsterland, Munsterland Festival, Germany, Emsdetten, British Council touring exhibition
2010 Tate Britain, London UK
Hayward Gallery façade, London, UK
Minsheng Art Gallery, Shanghai, China
2009 Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK, British Council touring exhibition