After graduating school at North Hollywood High, Shields left for Canada to join a traveling circus as Robbie the Robot. Discovered by Marcel Marceau at the age of eighteen, he was offered a full scholarship at Marceau’s school in Paris. His apprenticeship was short lived as he felt the need to develop his own style and pry mime loose from its artsy pedestal.
He chose San Francisco as his outdoor stage and for seven years used his wit, sensitivity, imagination and agility to fascinate his audience. As San Francisco’s main tourist attraction at the young age of 19, his talents led him to a television show as half of the famous duo, Shields and Yarnell. Shields and Yarnell also won the Las Vegas Entertainers of the year award two years in a row and together appeared on over 400 national television shows. Robert Shields’ original scripted television special Toys on the town earned Shields and Yarnell an Emmy.
Robert Shields was also the director of clowns for Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey Circus. As Red Skelton once put it “There are perhaps thirty five great clowns in the world. Robert Shields may be the best one there is”.
Transitioning between Creative Mime and Creative Jeweler, Sculptor and Painter was a natural progression for him.
His fascination with design, color, texture and form leads to sublime and captivating one of a kind. The results of his constant pursuit of fresh and exciting concepts have rendered his work exceptional and collectable.
His exclusive jewelry designs have been collected by numerous celebrities such as Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Whoopee Goldberg and Shirley McLain.
Robert Shields now resides in Sedona, Arizona with his wife and cat where he continues to Sculpt, Paint, Design Jewelry, and Write Comedy.
To learn more about Robert's work, please visit his website: http://robertshields.com