Born in North Devon Robert Mountjoy studied first at Cheltenham then Bristol University. As a young impressionable art student in the 1970s he was confronted with a spectrum of styles to explore: Bauhaus, abstract expressionsim, Post war realism and the ‘kitchen sink’ school . Robert emerged as an abstract painter but with a closer affinity to the British Modernists than the American expressionists.
“My abstract paintings had always been constructed through the motifs and forms found in landscape. I began to explore still life paintings centred around objects with some personal meaning – a great uncle's watering can, my mothers shopping basket. I now choose to paint simple subjects set in beams of strong light. The highlights and shadows that were abstracted in my early paintings are now appreciated for what they are. These shadows, reflections and luminosity are now the main subjects.”