Born in 1954 in London, England, Robert Scott-Mitchell moved with his family to Australia in 1955. He studied at the Tasmanian School of Art from 1975-78, completing a Bachelor’s in Visual Arts majoring in Filmmaking. He was awarded a Post-Graduate scholarship by the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board to study Puppet Animation in Poland and Czechoslovakia 1979-80.
In 1997 he completed a Master’s Degree in Digital Media Design at the University of Western Sydney, before teaching Interactive Media and Digital Animation at the University of Technology Sydney, as well as at the University of Western Sydney and the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney. Since 2003, in addition to his own art practice, he worked extensively with his wife, the artist Lindy Lee, contributing portrait photography, digital and Giclée printing to her work. He has collaborated with many renowned artists including Tatzu Nishi on the Kaldor Project for the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2010. He launched a fine-art printing and digital imaging service, Blackstone Images, at the Sydney Opera House in 2005. Scott-Mitchell has over 30 years experience in the visual arts, ranging from documentary filmmaking and TV, 3D animation, web-design and stills photography to collaborations with some of Australia’s leading artists and designers. He won the National Photographic Portrait Prize in 2007 with a study of Lee, capturing her contemplation of life and death during one of her exhibitions.
Scott-Mitchell and Lee moved to the Northern Rivers in New South Wales in 2014, where they both continued to produce work. Sadly Rob passed away in June 2021 after a brief but intense illness.