Chair of Arts, Design & Science, University of the Arts London

Rob Kesseler is a recent NESTA Fellow at Kew and Research Fellow at the Gulbenkian Science Institute, Portugal, he exhibits internationally and his award winning series of books on Pollen, Seeds and Fruit are published by Papadakis, London. For his contribution to plant imaging he was recently made Fellow of the Linnean Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Rob's work represents nature within contemporary culture through collaboration with scientists. It is an exploration of life at a microscopic level through a range of microscopy processes, situated at the liminal territories at the intersection of art, design, applied art, craft and science.

Employing a variety of imaging processes and styles, from digital photography and scanning electron micrography to spontaneous ink drawing, Rob's work strives for a sophisticated coordination of hand, eye and intuition to reveal a hidden world lying beyond the scope of the human eye, producing work that lies somewhere between science and symbolism.

Experience

  • –present
    Chair of Art, Design & Science, University of the Arts London

Honours

Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Fellow of the Linnean Society, Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society