About the Artist - Robert Hefferan
Robert Hefferan Like pieces of a story, it is intended to involve the viewers as they fill in the details of the narrative. Why is she sitting on the piano? Is she waiting for someone?
Born in 1968 in Warrington, Cheshire, England, Rob Hefferan is an exceptionally talented figurative artist. His work not only captures the unique character and warmth of each subject, but transcends form to suggest the living, breathing essence of the individual.
Working predominately with oils and acrylics, Rob’s work is both eminently understandable and intensely familiar. His varied body of work celebrates the joyous and multifaceted forms that human beings express with limitless imagination and wit. Rob captures the personality of each of his subjects with honesty, integrity and above all, a sacred appreciation for the unique spirit embodied within us all. His heartfelt response to humanity is woven into the very fabric of each outstanding portrait, earning him the reputation of one of the finest contemporary realists of his generation.
Although every painting Rob creates is individual, each one shares the same inner radiance and startling realism that tricks the eye into looking twice to see if the painting is actually a beautifully composed photograph.
Rob was the only member of his family with artistic talent. He studied art at Padgate Art School. It was there he discovered acceptance, where freedom of thought and expression were encouraged.
His exceptional versatility as a designer and illustrator won him a number of prestigious contracts, ranging from high profile advertising campaigns to providing artwork for children’s books.
Manchester Art Gallery provides an oasis for Rob, where he spends long hours in reflection. With an insatiable passion to learn new techniques, he finds much to feed his unquenchable hunger to grow and evolve.
In 2003, Rob’s first exhibition of work was greeted with wide critical acclaim, so much so that every painting was sold during the course of the exhibition. His work is now in demand and sold globally to art collectors and private individuals who appreciate his unique style, earning him the reputation of one of the most celebrated and collectable artists. Today Rob Hefferan is at the forefront of contemporary figurative art.
Rob’s wife, Wendy Satchwell, is also a highly respected and successful abstract artist with collectors from all over the world. The two met at an art exhibition. Her work being the complete opposite of his, abstract and organic with amazing use of color, it seems the saying “opposites attract” couldn’t be more true.