Robert Sawyers was an artist whose greatest gift was the ability to perceive the intrinsic beauty in the most mundane object, and to transform those visual experiences and memories to beautifully painted canvases, which were exhibited throughout Europe and Central America. Additionally, he was a teacher, world-traveller, linguist, and humanist, and an enthusiastic cyclist.
After studying at the Beckenham School of Art (1940-42) in Greater London, and the Royal College of Art (1942-45), he was awarded the Herbert Baker Travel Scholarship to Florence, Italy.
After studying in Florence, Sawyers began his teaching career at Leeds College of Art in 1947. As a teacher, Robert always found time to encourage his pupils as well as other contemporary painters.