The Little Black Gallery is proud to exclusively represent Rob Munday – the world’s leading holographic artist.
The Little Black Gallery launched Munday’s new series of photographic light sculptures NATURALIUM at Photo London 2017. New works will be exhibited at The Little Black Gallery 26 October – 7 December 2017. Whilst several of the pieces from the series will be exhibited by Christophe Gollut at The International Interior Design Exhibition in Brussels in September 2018.
Rob Munday graduated in 1983 with a BA (Hons) in Scientific and Technical Graphics, the first degree outside of the USA to specialise in the fledgling fields of computer graphics, television and video together with the more traditional subjects of photography, graphic design and illustration. In his final year he taught himself the new medium of holography and became one of the UK’s first generation of holographers. Early achievements included creating some of the first ever holograms of living animals, making the world’s first micro-computer generated hologram and, as a co-founding member of staff, helping to establish and run the world’s first post graduate degree in holography at the Royal College of Art, London.
Working as both an artist and a technical innovator, and specialising in portraiture and natural subjects, he has created many unique holographic works and light sculptures which can be found in collections and galleries throughout the world. These include The National Portrait Gallery, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Royal Collections Trust and the UK Government Art Collection in London. His portrait sitters have been many and varied and include Her Majesty the Queen, the film actress-director and UN ambassador Angelina Jolie for Guerlain, and fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld for AnOther Magazine / Chanel.
Rob’s most prestigious job to date came in 2003 when he was asked to co-create the first ever official holographic portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. The portrait was conducted as a creative collaboration between Chris Levine (artist) and Rob (holographer). The portrait was commissioned by The Jersey Heritage Trust / The States of Jersey to commemorate the island’s 800 allegiance to the English Throne. In 2011, and utilising the same portrait, The States of Jersey commissioned Rob to create the world’s first holographic postage stamp to contain a holographic portrait of a Head of State to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The portrait can also be seen adorning the world’s first £100 bank note and was featured on the front cover of TIME Magazine.
In 2013, Rob created the world’s first 24 carat gold holographic portrait miniature and in doing so brought into being a brand new portrait medium. The portrait received its inaugural public viewing at the Royal Miniature Society’s prestigious annual exhibition in 2013 and was described by both Elizabeth Meek, the President of the Royal Miniature Society, and the Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo, the Chairman of the Federation of British Artists, as ‘extraordinary and spellbinding’ and ‘the future of portrait miniatures’.
Rob has also created holograms and light sculptures for many companies including Guerlain, Christian Dior, Chanel, Mont Blanc, De Beers, John Calleja, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Ferrari, British Airways, Disney and Warner Bros.
In 1991, and in order to create his his art, Rob designed and built the world’s first 3D digital hologram printer and created the world’s first digital holograms. He is recognised as a pioneer in the development and implementation of digital holography and has won many awards for his technical innovations.
Rob was awarded the prestigious Saxby Medal by the Royal Photographic Society for his creative and technical achievement in the field of three-dimensional imaging and holography.