Robert Lally grew up in Salford, Greater Manchester and now has a studio in the area where he produces his popular mosaic artwork.
He started producing mosaics for many years, producing over 100 pieces. Rob's mosaics are often Inspired by a variety of sources, including international icons and much wider cultural references including the glamour and style of the great Hollywood eras and the musical icons of pop culture.
Rob takes great personal pride in every picture he creates, and with every work his goal is to produce a piece of art of the very highest aesthetic quality. His work speaks for itself and each commission carries a personal commitment to meet and exceed the client's expectations. The resulting artwork is something to treasure and enjoy for many years to come.
Rob's commissioned artwork will start with an enquiry from someone who has seen his work displayed, or enjoyed browsing the gallery on his website.
Clients will present a photo, or series of photos, from which Rob will discuss with them the best ideas for a final layout.
He will then source tiles from his supplier British Ceramic Tile, which will be hand-shaped for use in the artwork, with colours specially chosen to suit the subject matter.
Each project is generally worked on from start to finish, with no new projects started during that period. Average project time is 4-6 weeks.
His final ceramic mosaic artwork pieces can often be seen hanging in venues such as David Lloyd Leisure Centres, The National Football Museum, Puccini's in Ashton, Nottingham Forest FC and The Marriot Hotel in Worsley.
Rob’s work at Chesterfield FC
Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium boasts two excellent examples of Robert Lally Mosaic Artwork, one inside and one outside.
The exterior work, a head & shoulder of Dave Blakey, the man who’s played more times for The Spireites than any other player. In 2014 a group of supporters set out to raise money to build a brand-new Memorial Garden at the stadium’s location, with a target of £35,000 set.
Fundraising was going well so there was to be some potential spare money to add features not originally in the plan and as Dave passed away in March 2014, organiser Phil Tooley felt remembering him in the Garden was appropriate. The previous year, Phil had visited the National Football Museum and saw some of Rob Lally’s work for the first time, in particular a poignant portrait of the late Gary Speed, so Phil contacted Rob to ask if he would be able to do a greyscale portrait of Blakey. Details were agreed and the eventual artwork was unveiled by Dave’s widow, Kathleen along with the Mayor of Chesterfield. Kathleen, who’d not seen the mosaic before the unveiling and was unsure exactly what was being revealed was clearly moved as were many others at the gathering when the building at the Garden was completed in the summer of 2014.
The mosaic proved to be an extremely popular landmark and in 2017 Phil contacted Rob again to ask if he could reproduce a photograph, taken by photographer Alan Roe, of Chesterfield’s record goalscorer Ernie Moss. Ernie suffers from dementia and cannot communicate any more and when Spireites played another former club of his, Port Vale, it was deemed to be Ernie Moss day, so the target was to complete the mosaic by that date and unveil it in its main foyer location.
The image, a family favourite, was unveiled by Ernie, his wife Jenny plus daughters Nikki and Sarah plus other members of the family who, like Kathleen Blakey, had no idea what they were unveiling. Again, emotions were plentiful.