Robert Marsden is best known for his extraordinary and uncompromising minimalist metal sculpture. His work has been characterised by the critic Mel Gooding as ‘belonging to that specifically modernist type of the sculptural architectonic’. He works on a variety of scales from tabletop sculptures to monumental outdoor pieces. His most recent series of pared down forms draw attention to the subtle permutations of their patinated brass components and the particular spatial relationships that come into play at the juxtaposition of one shape with another.
He studied at the Royal College of Art and is represented by Marsden Woo Gallery, London.
1969 Royal Society of Arts Bursary
1972 Gift of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
1972 Crafts Advisory Committee Setting-up Grant
1977 Yorkshire Arts Association Individual Artist's Award
1995 London Arts Board Visual Arts Award
1983 Robert Marsden, Crafts Council Sideshow at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
1990 Robert Marsden, The Sculpture Court, Royal Institute of British Architects, London.
1992 Robert Marsden - Metalwork, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.
1992 Robert Marsden - Sculpture, Parnham House, Beaminster, Dorset.
1997 Focus on Robert Marsden, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear.
1999 Bryan Illsley and Robert Marsden, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London
2004 Robert Marsden – New Work, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London (solo)
2006 Robert Marsden – New Work, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London. (solo)
2009 Stark Reality, Marden Woo Gallery, London (solo)
2011 Robert Marsden – Contradictions, Phil Sayer – Manhattan in Moscow, Marsden Woo Gallery.
2014 Robert Marsden and Jock McFadyen, Marsden Woo Gallery, London.
2016 Robert Marsden and Maria van Kesteren, Marsden Woo Gallery, London.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1973 The Craftsmans’ Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
1974 Every Man a Patron, Crafts Advisory Committee Gallery, London.
1975 Liberty’s 1875-1975', Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
1977 Crafts In Question - New Directions of the Seventies, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.
1977 Masterpiece, British Crafts Centre, London.
1977 Explosion, Goldsmith’s Hall, London.
1979 Homespun to Highspeed - A Century of British Design 1880 -1980', Mappin Art Gallery, City Art Galleries, Sheffield.
1980 Made in Yorkshire, Leeds City Art Galleries, Leeds.
1983 British Crafts, Westminster Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
1983 Containers, Galerie Ra, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1985 A Collection in the Making, The Crafts Council Gallery, London.
1986-87 8th European Silver Triennial 1986, Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, Hanau, West Germany, Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, City Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
1987 Lifestyle Europe, Sunshine City, Tokyo, Japan.
1988 Contemporary English Craft, Miharudo Gallery, Mejiro, Tokyo, Japan .
1988 Sotheby’s Decorative Arts Award Exhibition, Sothebys, London.
1988 Alison Britton, Maria van Kesteren, Robert Marsden, Galerie Kapelhuis, Amersfoort, The Netherlands.
1988 Expositie, Jäger Interieur, Amsterdam, The Netherland
1990 Bryan Illsley, Misa Jelnikar, Robert Marsden, Galerija ARS, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
1991 Can’t Stop Me Now, The Crafts Council Gallery, London.
1993 Visions of Craft, 1972-1993', The Crafts Council Gallery, London.
1993-94 On the Edge, Art Meets Craft, a touring exhibition from Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Kettles Yard, Cambridge to The Crafts Council, London; Wrexham Library Arts Centre, Clwyd, North Wales; Aberystwyth Arts Centre, University College of Wales; Cleveland Crafts Centre, Middlesbrough.
1993-94 Een Schitterend Feest', Contemporary European Silverwork, ('Antwerpen 93'), The Provinciaal Veiligheidsintituut, Antwerp, Belgium; The Provinciaal Museum, Sterckshof, Belgium; 'Interieur 94', Kortrijk, Belgium; The Mead Art Gallery, University of Warwick, Coventry.
1993 20th Century Silver, The Crafts Council Gallery, London,
1995 Craftworks, The Barbican Centre, London. Organised by The London Arts Board.
1997 Contemporary Metalwork from the Crafts Council Collection, The Barbican Centre, London.
1999 The Pleasures of Peace - Mid century Craft and Art in Britain, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich and tour
1999-00 Studio Metalwork, Robert Marsden and Steven Follen, Rochester Art Gallery, Kent
2001 Silver Lives – Contemporary Contrasts at the Gilbert Collection’,
The Silver Gallery, Gilbert Collection, Somerset House, London.
2005-06 Making it Yours: Metal, the Crafts Council Gallery, London.
2005 Transformations: The Language of Craft’, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
2007 Hidden Treasures, The Hub, Sleaford, Lincolnshire.
Crafts Council Collection
Shipley Art Gallery
Birmingham Museum & City Art Gallery
Sheffield Assay Office
National Gallery of Australia