Colour is all-important in Robin's work. When he looks at the world, it is colour and movement that excites him the most: the glint and flicker of light through trees, sunlight on shingles, evening sunsets, fairgrounds, harbours, etc. His work is both representational and abstract.
The representational works evoke atmosphere and space through gesture and colour. They are a visual equivalent, rather than a depiction, and aim to communicate something of the sensations evoked in me by what he sees.
The more abstract paintings concentrate on the relationships between colours. In them, Robin is trying to distill his visual experience to its essence.
Robin's paintings are in private collections in Britain, France, Spain, the USA, Hong Kong and Australia.
Robin's work is mainly in watercolour with white gouche. Using not only brushes, some very large, but also paint scrapers of all kinds and sizes. Whereas for many years he worked directly from nature, over the past ten years Robin has found that he prefers working in the studio from drawings, colour sketches and photographs done on the spot, as I like to reduce the view to the essential elements that recreate his initial reaction.
1944 Born in Meriden, Warwickshire
1961-65 National Diploma in Design from Coventry College of Art
1965-66 Obtained a Postgraduate Diploma, Liverpool College of Art
1974 -83 Head of Putney School of Art, London
1983 -85 Head of Fine Art, Sir John Cass School of Art, London
1985-86 Dean, Sir John Cass Faculty of Art & Design, London
1986 -95 Vice Provost, London Guildhall University
1987 Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
1994 Freedom of the Goldsmiths Company
1994 Freedom of the City of London
2002 Elected a Member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
St. Cuthberts Mill Prize, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, 2002
The Artist Prize, Royal Watercolour Society, 2000
Rowney Prize, Royal Watercolour Society, 1993
The Debra Manifold Memorial Award, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, 2011
The Neil Meacher Memorial Prize for Drawing, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour Annual Exhibition, 2014
The Turner Medal and Award, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour Annual Exhibition, 2014
Royal Watercolour Society Summer Exhibition
The Hunting Art Prizes, RCA London
The Watercolour & Drawings Fair, Park Lane
ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
Singer & Friedlander Competitions, London
The Laing Art Competitions, Mall Galleries, London
Featured Artist in ‘The Artist’, September 2001
Featured Artist in ‘Artists & Illustrators’, October 2001
Introduction to Drawing, by R. Hazlewood, Arcturus Publishing, 2004