Enriching the Arts

Featured Artist: Robert Chelmick, ASA

Robert Chelmick, The Joy Project - W.O. Mitchell

Robert Chelmick, The Joy Project – W.O. Mitchell


As a photographer and mixed media artist, Robert (Bob) Chelmick, ASA has exhibited from coast to coast in Canada, as well as internationally, and authored two books featuring his images. He credits an interview encounter in the 1980s with Canadian author and photographer Freeman Paterson as inspiration for his career as a visual artist.

Bob is also an award-winning radio and television host and producer (CBC, CTV, CKUA (The Road Home)), and is the creator of the web radio station Road Home.

Chelmick Wild Things

Robert Chelmick, Wild Things

He was born in Edmonton, grew up in Alberta and Ontario, studied media arts at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation at Maharishi European Research University.

Bob lives and works in a cabin-in-the-woods, northwest of Edmonton with his wife Janis Beaton, and the dogs, horses and the occasional coyote or moose (see @bobnthedogs on Instagram).

Robert Chelmick, Human Form - Woman

Robert Chelmick, Human Form – Woman


ASA: Could you tell us about your influences?
Bob: New Brunswick photographer Freeman Patterson, who wrote the Forward to the book Flying Colours, had a profound influence on my taking photography seriously as a mode of creative expression. Studying the 20th century masters helped open my eyes. But the progress of image making technology has had the most lasting influence, always informed by the possibilities and the pitfalls thereof.

ASA: Which body of your work would you consider most successful to date?
Bob: The international touring exhibition ‘Flying Colours – Design on the Wing’ is still the most widely seen and successful body of work.

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