Jim Robb has called the Yukon his home for over 50 years. He specializes in recording by camera, ink or watercolour and pastels the "Colourful Five Per Cent", a phrase he coined to describe the colourful and unusual characters and historical buildings of the North. He defines his drawings as the "exaggerated truth" where shapes, angles, colours and features of his subjects are emphasized and embellished to express their inner strengths and character. Jim uses his keen eye and his familiarity and rapport with his subjects to produce sensitive paintings and photographs.
Robb's passion for collecting and promoting Yukon's past and present is taking many directions. "The Colourful Five Per Cent Illustrated" is a magazine series featuring Jim Robb's drawings, photographs and stories. It also includes many fine works by other Yukon artists, past and present. Dedicated to Yukon's legacy, it is said to be "read in all the better cabins" anywhere.
Besides the Five Per Cent magazines, Robb's work is featured in a series of art cards, numerous limited editions, and in the Yukon's permanent art collection. His work was recognized in 1984 with an award from the Yukon Historical and Museums Society. In 2003 he was awarded the Order of Canada.
Robb has an exhibit of a sampling of his collection of artwork and Yukon artifacts on display at the MacBride museum in Whitehorse. The exhibit, entitled "The Litter and the Glitter", will be on display until 2013.