Robert Sangster

Robert Sangster’s work is rich in historical references, with nods to colour field and action painting techniques used by artists like Motherwell, Frankenthaler, Kline, and Still from the American Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1950s to 1970s. He channels these pioneers in his surface treatments, producing highly expressive and dynamic results.

Sangster is fascinated by what he describes as “perfectly balanced apparent randomness.” He explores incidental smudges and fingerprints to reveal details and nuances in textural depth. His studio incorporates a range of mixed media including wood, stucco, paints, glazes and wax.

Sangster is also heavily influenced by the colourful stage lighting of live music performances. His extensive travel has allowed him to observe and take inspiration from a variety of cultural lenses, and, with nearly 30 years of experience, he has worked across the US and Canada. In addition to furniture, millwork and carpet design, his surface treatments have been developed and adapted for countless private and corporate client projects.

Free from the tyranny of the repeat

“When I’m designing a pattern I think about what it means to place this pattern, this image on the wall, the history of that concept and how to make it relevant today. Why it works with Rollout is because this is their vision as well.”