Robert Tombs in Vancouver on May 13, 2016

The Alcuin Society is pleased to have as a speaker the Ottawa-based artist and graphic designer Robert Tombs, an award winner in the recent Alcuin Society’s 34th Annual Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada and designer of the catalogue Robert Tombs: Index. Graphic Works 1985-2015. Robert will be introduced by his colleague Professor Marina Roy of UBC’s Department of Art History Visual Art, and Theory. Marina is an artist, writer and an essayist in “Index”.

This event is sold out. Please email if you’d like to attend.

This illustrated talk, free and open to the public, will be given at The Post 750 Hamilton Street, Vancouver BC V6B 2R5 at 7 pm in the East Studio. Please join us for this rare opportunity to meet Robert Tombs and learn about his work.

Access to The Post is on Hamilton Street, across from the entry to the underground parking lot of the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch. A clearly marked sign at the sidewalk indicates the path, up a series of steps and walkways to the entrance of the building. For those wishing to avoid stairs, access to The Post is also available through the CBC building, directly adjacent to the north.

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Robert Tombs: Biography

Robert Tombs is a Montreal-born, Ottawa-based artist/designer whose practice is centred in graphic design, photography and installation. As a graphic designer, he works collaboratively with artists, art galleries and university presses in the creation of printed matter. A travelling retrospective, Robert Tombs: Index. Graphic Works 1985–2015, organized by the Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, opened at the Owens in October 2015, and Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery in December 2015. The photographer Thaddeus Holownia has called Index a “landmark collection of works … that is an exploration of the art of graphic design in the hands of a master.”

His experimental practice in painted installation includes L’Occupation (ParisCONCRET, Paris, France); Empire (Modern Fuel Artist-run Centre, Kingston, Ontario); Die Erfurter Fenster (Erfurt Window) (glassbox, Erfurt, Germany); and Brigus Mark (Brigus, Newfoundland). Tombs’s exploration of the methods, materials and meaning of painting have been described by artist/writer Marina Roy as “site-specific painted installations, created under the rubric ‘The Morality of Paint’, experiments with, and meditations on, paint in relation to physical and historical space, bodily and optical experience, and memories of loss and death.”

In 2014, he created the L’Arène imprint under which he publishes his own work, beginning with Robert Tombs/L’Occupation. Tombs’s work has received 34 awards and is included in a number of public collections including Artexte, Canada Council Art Bank, National Gallery of Canada Library, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Yale University, and Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. His studies include a BFA from Mount Allison University and a MFA from Yale University. Tombs was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2008.

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“Robert Tombs: Index. Graphic Work 1985–2015” Published by Owens Art Gallery and MSVU Art Gallery, 2015


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“Gordon Monahan: Seeing Sound. Sound Art, Performance and Music 1978–2011″ Published by Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 2011