Bob Broadley was born at Esher, Surrey in 1939, who was the son of George Broadley (1903-1978). Bob’s father was a storeman at the R.A.F maintenance unit, and his wife Jane (1901-1991), married at Burnley Lancashire in 1929. In early 1939 the family was living at 96 Widdrington Road Coventry, with George and Jane and two of their children. Bob studied Graphic Design, stained glass, silk screen printing, lithography and photography at Kensington School of Art, now Kingston University from 1955 to 1959. After University, he joined an advertising agency from 1962 to 1982, during which time he was involved in packaging graphics and later designed and made toys and furniture.
In 1982, Bob commenced painting, developing and reinventing his now familiar popular style of work. Often figurative in style, he also enjoys portraying landscapes, by letting the oil make its way, but then expresses the piece with his strong and still graphic effect. Also, Bob has exhibited at several locations such as Bow House Gallery, Barnet; John Russell Gallery, Ipswich; Byard Art, Cambridge; Wiseman Gallery, Oxford; Thompson’s Gallery Aldeburgh, Suffolk; and Mall Galleries, London. Between 1990 to 1995, Bob was accepted at the Royal Academy Summer show, and his painting was held in Europe and New York private collections.