Roberts Gallery Blog
Roberts Gallery Blog

InTouch: A Magazine for Alumni

Director, Paul Wildridge, has been featured in the latest edition of Western University’s Ivey Business School alumni magazine.  Here is how the interview went below.

Paul Wildridge grew up in the gallery, purchased by his grandfather and father in 1947, and started working there shortly after graduating from Ivey.  He now operates with his wife, son and daughter. 

What make Roberts successful?

My father set the ground work for our business.  He had an impeccable reputation for honesty in handling clients and artists, and we’ve kept to those traditions.  We’ve continued to look for new artists as well as carrying on with historical work.

In the digital age, is there still a place for bricks-and-mortar galleries?

The business has certainly changed in recent years.  There’s been a real growth in art fairs, the use of social and digital media, and auctions.  I think there’s a place for all of it.  I still plan to be here every morning, sweeping the front walk and opening the door!

How do you select the art you handle?

Looking at art is like wine tasting– it takes experience and it develops over years.  But at the end of the day, the only criterion we have is whether we connect personally to the art.  We have found over the years that we won’t be successful by trying to offer what the market is looking for.