Robert Groves (artist)

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Robert Groves
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Robert Groves (born 1935[1]), sometimes known as Bob, was a British artist, and a co-founder of the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England,[2] whose name he coined, inspired by his interest in icons[3]

He is an Associate of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.[4]

His 2007 exhibition and book, First Light, were inspired by the gardens at Packwood House.[5]

His painting Abstract in Blue (1968) is in the permanent collection of the University of Birmingham.[1]

Recalling the creation of the Ikon Gallery, Groves said:[6]

There was a paucity of places for artists to exhibit in Birmingham. We thought there must be scope to do something in the second city. But we wanted to do something with a bit more spice and there was definitely a real need for something a bit more contemporary in Birmingham at the time.


  • Watkins, Jonathan, ed. (2007). First Light. Ikon. ISBN 9781904864295.


  1. ^ a b "Robert Groves (b.1935)". Art UK. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  2. ^ Watkins, Jonathan; Stevenson, Diana, eds. (2004). "Interview - Robert Groves". Some of the best things in life happen accidentally: the beginning of Ikon. Birmingham, UK: Ikon Gallery. ISBN 1904864023.
  3. ^ "Robert Groves: First Light". Ikon Gallery. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Abstraction at the RBSA". Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Ikon First Light". Ikon Gallery. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  6. ^ Norman, Joseph. "Some Of The Best Things In Life Happen Accidentally - At The Ikon | Culture24". Culture24. Retrieved 28 May 2018.

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