Since leaving the Royal Academy Schools Robin has continually developed his work as well as teaching part time. He is, at present, a lecturer in Painting at University Campus Suffolk. His subjects include landscape, still life and figurative compositions.
He works in different media including oil paint, acrylic paint and pastel. His work has evolved in three decades, but he still uses drawings as a source as well as exploring drawing in its own right as an art form in charcoal and/or graphite.
Having come from a modernist tradition Robin is interested in the flatness of the image and the effect of layering colour as part of the synthesis and refinement of the subject.
Pastel as a medium has always interested him and he loves the clarity of the colour as well as the ability to extend tonality and subtle changes of light and dark. The physicality or materiality of the paint or pastel is as important as the subject and the two have to co-exist to form balance and harmony, and this is what he strives to achieve.
Born in Ipswich in 1952
Studied at the Royal Academy Schools 1977-80
Canterbury College of Art 1974-77
Ipswich School of Art 1972-74
Include Turner Gold Medal, and The David Murray Studentship Award for Painting in Landscape whilst at the Royal Academy Schools.
More recently with The Pastel Society, the La Maison Pastel Prize 2013 and The Laing Landscape Prize.
John Russell Gallery Ipswich 1986/87/91/20014
Ip Art Water Front Gallery, Ipswich 2009
Chapel Gallery Essex
The RA Students East Anglian Group
Winfield Arts and Mandels Gallery Norfolk
The First Reynolds Club Exhibition Royal Academy Schools London
Six in Suffolk Wolsey Gallery Suffolk
Cork Street Open, Exhibition
DFn Gallery New York
Royal Academy Summer Show
Cadogan Contemporary Gallery London