Rob Cleland & Fayetteville Physical Therapy’s Wall

Rob Cleland
Rob Cleland

Charleston artist, Rob Cleland, is the Fayetteville Arts Coalition’s first muralist. He painted the side of the Fayetteville Physical Therapy building, which is one of the first things weary travelers see as they make their way from 19 into downtown Fayetteville.

Rob brings a wealth of talent and experience to the project.

A professional artist since 1986, Rob began his career airbrushing t-shirts in the Charleston Town Center, while sidelining freelance illustration and graphics for T-shirt maker, Balzout Inc. He continues to design graphics and has created logos for Charleston hot spots such as the Tricky Fish, Bluegrass Kitchen, Frütcake and Charleston Bread. You can also find Cleland doing caricatures at “Live on the Levee,” a summertime Friday-evening music venue at the Haddad River Front Park.

Rob was selected to design & paint the first East End Main Street Mural, as well as the Westside Main Street Mural project. This was a collaborative effort involving local school kids, Capitol Clay Arts and art friends and fabricators to paint, fire, mount and install a tile mural consisting of six 3’x6’ panels. A similar collaborative—a tile mural at the new Westside Elementary School and, most recently, one of the interstate pillars in the Charleston’s Pier to Peer project round out his public mural resume.

Cleland’s work also shows at Charleston’s Taylor Books and Tamarack’s David L. Dickerson Gallery. He’s been selected for numerous juried exhibits, participates in group shows and contributes art regularly to charity functions.