Rob Hain was born in Dorset in 1952. He studied at Banbury School of Art and Loughborough College of Art, where he graduated in Fine Art in 1977. After turning professional in 1981, Rob Hain has established a career from his adopted Scottish Borders. His love of Scotland is evident in his subject matter, which embodies his playful approach to fine old architecture and social traditions, which are rendered in a bold, colourful and quirky style. His work on Glasgow's Italian Centre gained him a Civic Trust Award and a Saltire Award and he has a growing reputation, reflected in the increasing number of collectors, both nationally and internationally.
Rob Hain sums up his approach in this way: "I try to bring out the soul of a place and its people. Not all buildings aspire to greatness but physically serve to function, which can be a challenge when such architecture runs riot; to subsequently achieve a good result is all the more rewarding. I enjoy altering the perceived colours in our environment with which we are familiar; for example, by turning the road into a rich red in order to show off the pale coloured buildings they frame. A sense of identity is what we all crave and a dearly-loved building can be invested with many memories. I give such buildings extra prominence by enlarging or moving them to visually dynamic positions within the composition. All artists set out to elicit a response in the viewer. I feel that my work has achieved its aim when we step back as the viewer and our response is to smile."