An experienced that shaped but did not define me

THE STARGATE CONNECTION

ROBERT’S LINK TO THE STARGATE SG1 TV SERIES

Give an artist a blank canvas and he or she will paint on it an image from his or her mind’s eye. The same is true of brothers Mark and Robert Davidson. Back in April, 1962 the brothers left their native England to move to Canada. Fifteen years after crossing the pond they opened an art gallery together. Mark got his first taste of showbiz when he worked as an extra on the 1982 feature film First Blood starring Sylvester Stallone. Robert then became involved in the business and from that point on it was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. 

Fortunately back then, Vancouver was in the infant stages of film and TV production so there were plenty of opportunities. The brothers first job was as set dressers for the ‘made for TV’ movie A Nice, Pleasant, Deadly Weekend. After that the Davidsons continued working together on other TV films as well as TV series such as Macgyver, Two sliders, Strange Luck, Neon Rider and The Hat Squad. 

Their big screen credits include Payoff, K2, Narrow Margin and Chaindance. It was Richard Hudolin who then hired them for the first season of Stargate SG-1. “We knew going into Stargate that if all went well we’d be working for wo seasons” recalled Mark. “However, after half way through we found out that the series was being picked up for a third year. It’s hard to believe that we wrapped up our seventh season back in September, 2003”.  “As a set director you’ve got to have a very strong visual sense and know how to follow through with your vision. Being brothers, Robert and I tend to think a lot alike and that can be sometimes a bit scary” laughs the set director. However, it seems to have worked in the brothers favour having gained high acclaim and praise from their set involvement involving multiple awards gained. 

WORKING ON SET YOU HAVE TO HAVE A STRONG VISUAL SENSE AND KNOW HOW TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH YOUR VISION

Since the Stargate days the brothers parted ways to pursue their separate endeavors  with Robert returning to his artist roots of canvas painting. This allowed Robert to really expand his passion of creating deep meaningful world, mind, dream and landscapes. The imagery of Stargate can still be seen in Robert’s work and vice versa through his distinct style and imagination that gives rise to these incredible works of art. 

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Humble beginnings as an amateur canvast artist
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Experience and awards gained from working on Stargate SG1 and the vision of this universe
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A return to artistry and the passion of creating incredible paintings

As a fan of Stargate or no knowledge of the series, there is no doubt that Robert is one the most creative, bold and imaginative artists known. Everyone dreams and everyone imagines. The appeal of his artwork therefore spans across all ages, cultures and on every other level your imagination can allow. 

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