Robert Tombs is an Ottawa-based artist and arts administrator who practices graphic design, photography, painting, site-specific installation, curating, self-publishing and advocacy. He was elected President, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2018. His studies include a BFA from Mount Allison University and a MFA from Yale University, where his thesis was “Light Years: The Glass Paintings of Josef Albers 1918–1932.” As a graphic designer, he works collaboratively with artists and art galleries in the creation of printed matter. A travelling retrospective, Robert Tombs: Index. Graphic Works 1985–2015, organized by the Owens Art Gallery, opened at the Owens in October 2015, and Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery in December 2015. His experimental practice in painted installation includes Brigus Mark (Brigus, Newfoundland); Die Erfurter Fenster (Erfurt Window) (glassbox, Erfurt, Germany); Empire (Modern Fuel Artist-run Centre, Kingston, Ontario); and L’Occupation (ParisCONCRET, Paris, France). Tombs’s exploration of the methods, materials and meaning of painting have been described by artist/writer Marina Roy as “site-specific painted installations, created under the rubric ‘The Morality of Paint’, experiments with, and meditations on, paint in relation to physical and historical space, bodily and optical experience, and memories of loss and death.” As an outgrowth of his experience as Senior Designer, Cornell University Press from 1999 to 2003, in 2014, Tombs created the L’Arène imprint under which he has published Robert Tombs/L’Occupation (2014) and Brigus Mark (2016). Tombs’s work has received 37 awards to date and is included in a number of public collections including Artexte, Canada Council Art Bank, National Gallery of Canada Library, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Columbia University, Yale University, and Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.