Rob Trains

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Rob Trains
Born Robert Cole Gill, Jr.
September 3, 1947
New Rochelle, New York
Residence Oakland, California
Nationality American
Occupation Artist

Rob Trains (born Robert Cole Gill, Jr. in September 3, 1947 in New Rochelle, New York) is a modern contemporary artist from New York. He worked for Andy Warhol in 1966, and was one of the first projectionists for the film Empire.[citation needed]

Early life

Robert Cole Gill Jr. was the first of two sons born to nurse Mary Edith Lowrimore and chemist Robert Cole Gill.

In 1965, Trains attended Ohio State University.

In 1987, Rob Trains received an honorarium from The San Francisco Arts Commission. In 1988, "Metallic Man" and "Historic Man" represented a shift in his work. "Metallic Man" was a series of self-portrait sculptures depicting him as an industrial worker. It incorporated works of art made of industrial materials on view at the San Francisco Open studios throughout 1986 and 1987; it was reviewed by Michael S. Bell, curator and writer for Visual Art Access: "The barely restrained exuberance of Rob Trains' painting and sculpture sustains our appreciation for the raw joy an artist can bring to visual life... Trains is a maturing leader worth watching."[1] "Historic Man" is a collection of supersized oil on canvas portrait heads of great men history and myth. Vicky Chaet, a contemporary art critic and consultant called the "Historic Man" series, "his strongest statements to date... While Trains' composition is direct and simple, his paint application is not.... On these huge canvases, seemingly wild paint application looks deceptively loose and easy. This is actually well-controlled bravado by an experienced painter." [2]

So I Married An Axe Murderer

In 1992, Rob Trains' artworks were chosen to be used on the set of the Columbia Tristar film, So I Married an Axe Murderer with Mike Myers. His work is visible in the stairwell and the apartment of Myers' character, Charlie.[3]


  1. Bell, Miachel S., Visual Arts Access, 1986
  2. Chaet, Vicky, San Francisco, 1989
  3. Woods, Cary, & Schlamme, Thomas, 1993. So I Married an Axe Murderer [Motion picture]. United States: Tristar Pictures.