Robert Pengilley was born in 1944 in Surrey, England and trained at the Wimbledon School of Art in London. For many years he worked as both a lecturer and teacher. Later he returned to a life of studio work and travel – visiting and painting West Africa, Spain, Italy, San Francisco and New York.
Robert’s painting has a unique, loose and evocative style. The scenes which he depicts have a romantic, richly detailed quality – warm with charm and character. Over the years his distinctive style has won Robert many awards, including the Leverhulme Travelling Scholarship in Europe, the David Murray Scholarship in Landscape Painting with the Royal Academy, the Arthur Phillips Landscape prize, the Tumut Art Prize and the Canberra Art Prize. He has been hung in the Archibald and exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. His works are prized by many corporate collections such as the Australian National University, The High Court of Australia and the Australian Embassy. His work was selected by Hon. Bob Hawke as a Gift from Australia to the People’s Republic of China.
Robert painted the Canberra Mural in 1985/86 that was in London Circuit which has since been re-appropriated in Robert’s beautiful Avoca Beach Studio.