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Ian Robinson

About the artist

Ian Robinson’s work is concerned with obsessions and the back-stories of collections. Working mainly in still life he portrays his personal associations with these items in an attempt to capture the spirit, the soul, and the physiognomy of objects and ourselves as it is revealed through our passions.

Excerpt from A-N Review, 15 October 2012, Anna McNay:

For artist Ian Robinson, his photorealistic “portraits” of the objects of collections began when he was still at college, and he started to paint pictures of his own record collection. Upon moving to London, he suddenly found he had access to numerous other collections, including those of Sir John Soane, Cassiano Dal Pozzo, and Aby Warburg, and his focus switched from music to literature. He would visit the collections, make drawings and take photos, and then scale these up, sometimes by hand, sometimes by projecting the photograph on to the canvas, and paint them in minute detail over a period of months. The results are documents of documents, catalogues of catalogues, copies and replicas […] Robinson is a young man, with talent and a passion for his work, and so I can only surmise that his series will continue to grow.

Robinson has a First Class Ba (hons) Fine Art : Painting from University of the Arts London – Wimbledon College of Art – 2011. He is currently employed as an Artist in the studios of Patrick Hughes.

Robinson’s work has been exhibited widely including shows in London, Bristol and Barcelona.

Winner of the Bryant & Keeling painting prize- Painting Now 2014
Shortlisted for the Griffin Art prize 2012
Eighth month Residency at The Muse at 269 Portobello Road in 2012
Shortlisted for the Guasch/Coranty Foundation International Painting Prize
Featured on the front cover of Artist Newsletter magazine July/Aug 2011
First prize in the Landmark Plc Fine Art Award 2011
Work in Landmark Plc Collection at Heron Tower, London