Dirk Robertson is a Shetland-based artist whose large-scale paintings boldly interpret legends and folklore from around the world. 

Drawing monsters age 4 (1990) 

Dirk with "Ymir" (2015)

Since he was a ‘peerie bairn’ he has found his refuge and passion in art.  Devoting his time to drawing all through his school days, then into college.  Robertson developed a style of storytelling through paintings, depicting otherworldly characters and elaborate landscapes in colourful acrylics. 

This unbridled artistic approach to tales of gore, trickery and cosmic realms creates an immersive experience for the viewer. Robertson’s paintings capture the elements of time, movement and emotion to portray a single legendary moment, whilst his precise background detail simultaneously tells a much greater story.

Bazils mural (2014)



   Robertson’s artistic storytelling style has led the him to create large murals in Shetland, Aberdeen and New Zealand.  Contributing poster, teeshirt and CD artwork to the Northern Scottish metal scene. And now focusing his attention on illustrating the ancient Scandinavian viking manuscript, the Prose Edda.



Dirk's influences include surrealist painters H.R. Giger, Dali, Bosch and Alex Grey.  Heavy metal album artists Derek Riggs, Ed Repka and John Baizley.  Line art by Gustave Dore and Robert Crumb.

Exhibition poster 2019

PUBLIC SHOWS

 

Old Haa Museum, Burravoe

Exhibition – Gods and Monsters

June 2019

Shetland Museum and Archives

Exhibition – Gods and Monsters

April 2019

The Outpost, Burra

Mural – “The Watering Hole”

August 2018

 

Heavy Metal Buffet Music Festival

Exhibition – Dirk Robertson Art

August 2017

Bazils Hostel and Surf School

New Zealand

Mural – “The Legend of Tane Mahuta”

January 2017

 

Heavy Metal Buffet Music Festival

Exhibition – Dirk Robertson Art

August 2016

Krakatoa, Aberdeen

Mural – “Parrots and Pirates”

November 2015

Peerie Shop Café, Lerwick

Exhibition – Dirk Robertson Art

October 2015

Heavy Metal Buffet Music Festival

Exhibition – Dirk Robertson Art

August 2015

The Moorings, Aberdeen

Mural – “Tiki”

November 2014

Heavy Metal Buffet Music Festival

Exhibition – Dirk Robertson Art

August 2014

Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland

Exhibition – Shetland Open

April 2014

Bazils Hostel and Surf School

New Zealand

Mural – “Legend of Poutini”

January 2014