Robert Macdonald, was born in 1935 in Spilsby in Lincolnshire but spent much of his early life in New Zealand. Macdonald, a painter, printmaker and author, has become well known for his paintings of landscapes and farming life around his home in the Usk Valley near Brecon.
Robert does not see himself first and foremost as a landscape painter, but much more persistent has been an urge to explore psychological aspects of painting and printmaking, to create works that draw on the inner imagination and embrace legend, myth and the irrational.
As a student at London Central School of Art and the Royal College of Art, he was deeply influenced by the psychologist Carl Jung. Jung’s theories of inner archetypes – the universal unconscious and the interpretation of life as a mythic journey towards wholeness, helped him make sense of his own childhood upheavals and the forces at work in his own painterly process.
One of Robert’s etchings, ‘Journey to the Sorcerer’, is held in the the V&A print collection.