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Bob Dewar

Bob Dewar

Bob Dewar was born in the Simpson Maternity Pavilion in Edinburgh. He was incubated for a while before his family moved to Arbroath. He still remembers being pushed, aged one, through streets near the Abbey in a high pram whilst wearing a blue hand-knitted beret.

He was first published nationally at fifteen – sans beret. He illustrated about forty books for Oxford University Press and Birlinn among others. He regularly contributes illustrations to the Scottish Field and, for fifteen years, drew political and social commentary stuff for The Scotsman. He has been married to novelist Isla Dewar for two hundred years and lives deep in the Perthshire/Fife countryside where Isla and he feed tame pheasants from the kitchen window with digestive biscuits.

“I think I’m very fortunate to have earned my living as a cartoonist and humorous illustrator since I was seventeen. It means that for a long, long time I have been paid to amuse myself doing what I love – drawing.”

Bob’s first solo exhibition, in conjunction with Birlinn Books and showing Bob as an exhibiting artist in his own right, was based on illustrations from the book “Soor Plooms and Sair Knees,” Resonant to several generations, it was met by huge acclaim and a near sell-out show.

Example of Artist's Work

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This Artist at Doubtfire

character building

6th July - 10th August 2019


30th July - 10th September 2016

August Works on Paper

2nd August - 30th August 2014

Soor Plooms and Sair Knees

5th April - 30th April 2014