Rob McLeod grew up in Glasgow and attended the Glasgow School of Art. He came to New Zealand in 1972 and has painted, and taught art and art history here for over 30 years.
In 1981, when asked about how he painted in contrast to what he painted, Mcleod replied: ‘I like paint…, using it. How I paint is more important than what I paint.’ By layering on the paint until he has made a substantially weighty work, McLeod makes known his love of the medium. Influenced by de Kooning and Pollock, Mcleod has arrived at his style of painting through experimentation. (Layering on the Paint, 2000)
More recently McLeod has been mining the rich vein of imagery in comic books and childrens cartoons. McLeod now paints on plywood, layering shape and forms and applying lurid colour with expressive bravado.
McLeod has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and had a retrospective at the Wellington City Gallery in 2012.
His paintings are in most major New Zealand collections, including Te Papa - Museum of New Zealand.