Brad Robertson has painted all his life. Born and raised in the coastal town of Mobile, Alabama, his earliest inspiration was the landscape—the indigenous pines and oak trees, and the waters of Mobile Bay. The coastal landscape is still a major source of inspiration for Robertson.
At Auburn University Robertson spent time studying architecture and industrial design. During his time in college an art professor nurtured the foundation for what would eventually become Robertson’s career as a professional painter, encouraging his unique ability to work with color and texture to create depth, complexity and expressiveness.
Robertson earned his BFA in graphic arts in 1999, leaving painting behind for a time and moving to Atlanta to work as a full-time graphic artist at a production company. After a few years he decided the structure and monotony of big-city life was not for him, and began to think of his roots in Alabama.
Robertson moved back to Alabama in 2002, lured back to the more relaxed coastal way of life. Since then Robertson has become an award-winning artist with collectors throughout the United States. Still based in Mobile, he is active in the local art community and says he cannot imagine doing anything else for a living. He considers good music an integral part of the artistic process and tries his hand at fishing in his spare time, though he admits he should probably stick to painting.
- BFA, Auburn University 1999
- Art Comes Alive National Competition, Juror Award, Art Design Consultants, Cincinnati, 2014
Selected one of 50 Top Emerging Artists of 2014/2015 by Art Business News Magazine
Selected one of Mobile Bay’s 2013 Class of 40 Under Forty
Lagniappe Nappie Award: Best Art Gallery 2013 – Robertson Gallery
Alexandria Museum of Art September Competition Honorable Mention, Alexandria, LA, 2012 (National Competition)
Lagniappe Nappie Award: Best Art Gallery 2012 – Robertson Gallery
Energen Corporation Grand Prize Winner, Birmingham, AL, 2011
Energen Corporation Non-Representational Winner, Birmingham, AL, 2010
Arts Council Design Selection, Mobile, AL, 2009
Energen Corporation Non-Representational Winner, Birmingham, AL, 2006
Space 301 People’s Choice and Mobile Press-Register Art Show Winner, 2005