You Are an Artist

Artist and Associate Professor Bob and Roberta Smith releases a new book.

Date: 18 August 2020

You Are an Artist , the latest book by Bob and Roberta Smith, artist, activist and associate lecturer in Fine Art at London Metropolitan University’s School of Art, Architecture and Design starts with the premise that we have all been enrolled in the world- and the world is an art school.

Drawing is an important part of learning to communicate, and above all else, life is a conversation, making art a vital part of human existence. You Are an Artist helps the reader work out what kind of artist they are and what they can achieve, combining thought- provoking meditation on art practice with practical exercises, projects and creative prompts that encourage creativity and self-expression.

This collection of entertaining, at times startling, and often evocative narratives bring to life a series of lessons about the nature of art and inspiration. Illustrations of Bob’s own riotous paintings and installations are set alongside discussions of time, place, looking, thinking, stealing and becoming, with enlightening forays into the history of art and creativity. Providing ideas, tips, and practical examples from Bob’s own work as an art teacher and activist, You Are an Artist is for everyone who wants to be an artist and needs a creative push to take the plunge. In the book.

Bob and Roberta Smith, a.k.a. Patrick Brill, is a celebrated British contemporary artist, activist, writer, broadcaster, musician, art education advocate, and keynote speaker. He is a Royal Academician, and in 2017 was awarded an OBE for services to Art. Bob is a patron of The Big Draw and the National Society for Education in Art and Design. He sat on the Tate Modern Council and was recently a trustee of Tate. He is also a Trustee of Art UK and a contributor to the Guardian. He has extensive experience of teaching and is Associate Professor at the School of Art and Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University. He has curated numerous public art projects, including the 2013 Art Party to promote contemporary art and advocacy. His works have been exhibited internationally, and are in collections in Europe and the United States.

Read more about the book in this interview with Bob and Roberta Smith.

You Are an Artist is published in August 2020 by Thames and Hudson (RRP £14.99)


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