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Meet the Tutor: Robert Ives

By 15 June 2022February 14th, 2023No Comments
  1. What do you do at WWAS? I am a printmaking tutor who has been at WWAS many years, because of my love of the Co-operative art centre. I have done many jobs to make WWAS a happy space to teach, mostly building to modernise the teaching areas.
  1. Tell us about your artistic/career journey to this point. From a young age in London I spent my time making things and drawing a lot which slowly formed into art in my teens. I became a toolmaker on leaving school, making plastic injection moulds and on the weekends visiting the Tate Britain, theatre and jazz concerts. I came to Australia in 1971 which was a wonderful time as the world was going through a craft revival which I embraced becoming a silversmith and making sculpture. In the late 80’s I organised a life drawing group which led me to going to East Sydney Tec and taking a certificate course in Printmaking, further studies doing the Diploma, the year after I finished the college became the National Art School. Winning the Waverley Art Prize in Printmaking, I was asked to start a printmaking course at WWAS. This led onto teaching printmaking at Willoughby Workshops and Pine St Creative Art Centre. Printmaking is referred to as the toolmaking of art, so my life does go a full circle.
  2. What is your favourite thing about WWAS The people who come to the centre.
  3. If you could share a meal with three artists living or dead, who would they be?  Providing they could all speak English, Rembrandt, Picasso, Jim Dine and Kiki Smith, all great printmakers.
  1. What inspires or motivates you?   Nature, people and books
  1. What is your proudest accomplishment?  My Daughter
  1. Where is your favourite holiday destination?  Europe
  1. How would your friends describe you? Quiet. I am a listener
  1. What do you do when not creating or teaching?  Play with the Grandchildren and be with my friends.