About the Artist

Mosaic as a medium for artistic expression has been to the forefront of Robert Field’s creative life for more than a decade. Prior to this he had painted in oils, acrylic, gouache and water colour since the early 1970’s.
Before taking early retirement from teaching, during which time he had held various Art and Craft posts, he started travelling widely in the Roman world studying and photographing mosaics. This took him to Italy, North Africa and the Near East, Cyprus and Spain and later in search of Norman mosaics in Sicily and to Greece and Turkey to see Byzantine examples. Following this he began to study Victorian and modern mosaics which he has examined and photographed extensively in Britain as well as in Europe and America.
In addition to being a founder member of the British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM) he also served for a number of years on the committee of the Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics (ASPROM) and is a member of L’Association Internationale pour l’etude de la Mosaïque Antique (AIEMA) whose conferences he has attended at a variety of venues around the world.

A successful author, Robert Field has written six books on geometric patterns which have sold almost 90,000 copies world-wide. These are used by many people as a source of creative design in subjects as diverse as embroidery, patio paving, knitwear and quilt making. His work has also appeared in the following books:

The Mosaic Decorator’s Sourcebook by Rosalind Wates, David & Charles/Quarto Publishing 2000

Classic Mosaic by Elaine M. Goodwin, Apple Press 1999

The Human Form in Mosaic by Elaine M. Goodwin, Crowood Press 1999

The Art of Decorative Mosaics by Elaine M. Goodwin, Crowood Press 2007

Im Labyrinth sich selbst entdecken by Gernot Candolini Herder spektrum 2001

Mosaic, Techniques and Traditions by Sonia King, Sterling Publishing 2003


Born in Kent in 1939, and now living in Dorset, his mosaics have been displayed in a number of galleries in Britain and at Chartres in France. In 2001 he received an ‘Investment in Individual Artists’ award from Southern Arts.

From painting he turned his attention to mosaics in order to make replicas and reconstructions of Roman designs, but soon realised they had potential as a medium for creativity going far beyond the boundaries of craft work. "Although I deeply admire the results other artists achieve with light-reflecting smalti and marble in their work," he says, "my own artistic needs are met for the moment by using, for the most part, unglazed ceramic. With these I can cover my full creative range be it abstract, naturalistic, geometric or replicas."