Robert Bigelow, was born 1940 in Los Angeles, California, Canadian artist and printmaker Robert Bigelow graduated in 1967 with a BFA (Major in Painting) from the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles.
Bigelow taught painting, drawing and lithography in Western Canada from 1967-1971 at Simon Fraser University, Capilano College and the Vancouver School of Art (Emily Carr) in Vancouver, BC and was a guest lecturer at the University of Calgary in Alberta. Robert Bigelow worked as a printmaker from 1971-1978 for prestigious American print houses such as Gemini G.E.L, Tyler Graphics, Cirrus Editions, Petersburg Press and the Tamarind Lithography Workshop.
In addition to collaborating on print editions with artists: Josef Albers, Jim Dine, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Tony Onley, Man-Ray and Frank Stella; Robert Bigelow worked closely with Robert Motherwell on his paintings, collages and prints during a position as Motherwell’s Connecticut studio manager from 1975-1978. Here is the letter of recommendation from American artist and printmaker Robert Motherwell.
Returning to Canada in 1978, Bigelow worked until 1995 as Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University in Montreal. With an extensive exhibition history, Robert Bigelow’s works have been collected by: Portland Art Museum – Boston Museum of Fine Arts – Pasadena Art Museum – Los Angeles County Museum – Museum of Modem Art – National Gallery of Canada – Bank of Montreal – Shell Canada – Air Canada. Robert Bigelow lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.