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Rob lives in East Toronto and has been working as a full time artist since 2004. In 2018, he experienced a devastating studio fire that destroyed everything but he survived and is in the midst of a great comeback story!
In the 16 years since Rob became a professional artist, he has completed about 1650 works of art! He has shown in over 160 juried & solo exhibitions and has participated in The Toronto International Art Fair, The Artist Project, The Winter One of a Kind Show and numerous art-trade shows.
Rob is thrilled to have his art in the permanent City of Toronto's Art Collection, and in the private collections of several Mayors, Alex Lifeson, Stuart McLean and Ann Marie MacDonald. You will find his art and his commissions in many private collections all over the world from Istanbul to California.
Rob has been profiled in Argyle Magazine, Neighborhood Living Magazine, The Society for Commercial Archeology, Spacing Magazine and many others. He has been featured by The Jealous Curator (which is kinda a big deal for him!) and recently on NEON podcast.
Rob's acrylic paintings are intentionally upbeat and humourous. His vintage-inspired work is instantly identifiable! It is playful, mostly clever, slightly twisted, and often has a "pocket-sized" political edge. Rob, as a professional artist, entertainer, activist, and smarty-pants is always looking for new ways to challenge and amuse!
SIGN LANGUAGE SERIES
As a child of the 70's, Rob Croxford was mostly raised by television and movies. Advertising and pop culture became his religion and the wisdom he gleaned shaped his sensibilities as an artist. As a result, Rob's paintings are a carnival of colour and whimsy. This theatricality has been through-thread in all his artwork.
Text has always been a central feature in Rob's compositions. There is something seductive about typography. He loves how a font can tell a story with a single flourish. Vintage lettering and signage gently manipulates us to feel a sense of longing for the past. Perhaps that is why his entire art career is shrouded in the bleary haze of pop-culture nostalgia.
Rob's new series of paintings "Sign Language Series' is the culmination of all his obsessions. By integrating iconic movie quotes into the landscape of well worn roadside signage he is merging pop culture, nostalgia and humour. This blend of elements creates something familiar and yet completely new!