Robert Perry - Artist of the Black Country
A true son of the Black Country, Rob was born in 1944 in the old Brockmoor House Pub which was kept at that time by his Grandmother, Victoria Chuter (nee Warren) while his Grandfather, Alf, worked at the Earl of Dudley’s Steelworks in Brierley Hill, always known as “The Earl’s” before becoming “Round Oak”
Leaving the Brockmoor House when Rob was 6 months old, the whole family (seven in all) squeezed into a two bedroom terraced house in Lawnswood Road, Wordsley until Rob was 5 years old when his parents managed to get the brand new two bed-roomed council house at 50, Ryder Street, Wordsley, where he spent his formative years. These were adventurous times for Rob and his friends, exploring and playing in the vicinity, Tack Wood, The Osier Beds, Bells Mill, or cycling along the canal towpaths past Glassworks, Foundries, Clay-mines, Brick kilns, Steelworks, scrap-yards, derelict industrial buildings and the local countryside, Kinver Edge, Gothersley and Highgate Common These experiences engendered an enduring love of the Black Country and a spirit of adventure, exploration and travel which has never left him.
His interests are extremely wide and somehow always make their way directly or indirectly into his art. His inherited Black Country mechanical and practical skills have enabled him to convert a Renault Trafic van into a comprehensively equipped “Mobile Studio” (in which he has done over 300,000 miles) and maintain his 1977 DUCATI 900 and the 1930 500cc Scott Flying Squirrel which he bought when he was sixteen years old and has been riding continuously ever since (59 years!) and on which he is still regularly seen riding in the area.
Following on from this he has been spending some years painting panoramic views, day and night, of the Black Country from Turner’s Hill and Darby’s Hill, Dudley, three examples of which are on permanent display on the ground floor of Russells Hall Hospital.
Rob’s commitment as a Peace Campaigner has lead him to spend many years working in the battlefields of the two World Wars, particularly those of the First World War where he has been made an Honorary Citizen of the town of Albert, the epicentre of the Battle of The Somme in 1916 (the battle in which three of his Great Uncles were killed)
Rob with friends, sledging on Fox Bank Wordsley (since levelled)
Left to right. Rear rank: Kenny Banks, Georgie Smith, 2 unidentified, Alan Marsden. Middle rank Roy (Soccer) Fereday,
Front rank Eddy Loach (Trevalen) Rob Perry, Jeff (Stemmy) Wall, Iris Fereday. 1955
TITLE: Black Country Night
Ryder Street sketch
TITLE: NwpA3-02 3.00am 18 October 1988. Stuart Crystal Glassworks. Size A3. Oil.
Ford Transit van in Station Road
TITLE: 10Dp36x72-01 3.45pm, 23 April 2010. View North-East from Darby's Hill, Dudley. Towards Tipton, Wednesbury, Bilston. 36x72 inches. Oil
TITLE: 5.15pm, 2 July 2013. Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. From the Pozieres Road near Mouquet Farm. The names of over 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known graves are inscribed on this huge memorial arch. A3. Gouache-watercolour