Robert Rush

Robert Rush was born in 1978 in Guildford, Surrey. He trained at Central St Martins and the Royal Academy Schools. He lives and works in London.

Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Mud Museum, London (2016); Don't Drop it Roby!, Rod Barton, London; Rough Music, Cass Sculpture Foundation, West Sussex; Wasters, Edel Assanti, London (2015); Mr and Mrs Andrews, Transition gallery, London; Drawn Together, Gig Munich; Flat packed and Wrapped, Punk Sheep Gallery (2014); At Home, 137 Graham Road, London; JUGHEAD, 43 Inverness Street; Painting over, studio 1.1, Redchurch Street London; Even Clouds, studio 1.1 Redchurch Street. London (2013); New Work (Fuck you Mr; Death!); Art First Project Space; Temples to the Domestic Clifford Chance building, London (2012); Painting Over, Studio 1.1, London (2011); Social Space, the Fort, Fortress studios, London; Riviera Achilles, Caledonian Road, London; Fold, London (2010); Jerwood Contemporary Painters (2009); Planetarium, APT Gallery London; Gambit, Lorem Ipsum Gallery, London (2008). He has been included in Bloomberg New Contemporaries.

Robert Rush started out as a painter but has gradually moved into working with ceramics. Drawing on several different kiln techniques the discipline of ceramics appeals to him because of its marginalised history. Rush uses ceramics in order to flirt with the boundaries of art and craft and question the parameters of what art is, should and could be. His aesthetic is often deliberately 'unfinished' which again reinforces this question of what art should look like. His work is reminiscent of outsider art; art made by artists who have typically had no professional training or do not seek to professionalise their practice. All of these aesthetic nods, present in Rush's practice, produce a body of work that antagonises rigid determinations of taste and hierarchical assumptions of what art should be.


Robert Rush