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Earth, Fire, Air, Water
In the Morning
Sandy Bay
After the Storm
Remnants of the Storm
Ding Swing
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Richard Robinson Paintings
Richard Robinson. B. 1975. Professional artist living in idyllic Ruakaka in Northland, New Zealand. Having trained and worked as a graphic designer for several years, Richard took the leap as a full time artist in 2001 when he travelled to Europe and held his first solo exhibition in London. After painting his way around Europe, Richard and his wife Helen returned to New Zealand and settled in Ruakaka. His subsequent exhibition of Northland coastal scenes was a sellout success and he has built on that reputation of excellence since then. In 2002 he won the Telecom Art Scholarship for Northland and in 2005 was selected to feature in the both the "Art New Zealand Today" book for 2006 and New Zealand's "12 Contemporary Artists" calendar for 2007. Meanwhile he's opened his own studio/gallery and taken on a tutoring role.
Self Taught.
2002 Telecom Art Award.
Selected Commissions/collections:
Many and varied.
Single Exhibitions:
6 solo exhibitions.
Group Exhibitions:
11 group exhibitions.
Artist's Statement:
Having lived in Whangarei for most of my life I can't help but be biased when it comes to thinking about beautiful places. In the countries I have travelled I'm sure most of the people feel similarly towards their own homelands. It just feels right to your eyes. However, familiarity often breeds contempt and after returning from my travels I've often noticed that scenes I pass regularly in New Zealand, however magical, would stir me less than they did the times before. It wasn't until I began painting my homeland at the beginning of 2002 that these familiar scenes once again became new and exciting.I return to the beaches I've seen so often through my childhood and am filled with a new sense of wonder. A beach is so much more than sand and water. What is that feeling you get when you step onto a beach? How can you paint that? I can't. What I can do is show you a beach with no footprints, no people - a vast expanse of pristine sand which invites you to walk its length.Here in Northland I see this daily. The beaches here are so many and some so long, the tracks of seabirds are often the only ones to be found. And yet I don't think I have ever felt alone on such a beach. There's something about being there: a sense of peace, of wholeness, something healing. To walk in the shade of a tree that's generations old, on a deep blanket of sparkling shells and rocks - the product of millennia, to hear the crashing of a wave who's origin was a gust of wind countless miles over the horizon. These are the things you return with, and these are the memories I want to stir with my paintings.So when I look for inspiration I need not look very far. The coastline of Northland provides an endless stream of wonderful imagery. However, change is our only constant and I already feel the call to paint the great mountains and lakes of the South Island. But wherever I go I will ever be a painter of the one thing - light. New Zealand has a very special light upon it because of its position on Earth - a longitude shared only in part by South America and Australia. It is also the first country to see the light of each new day, which means the thoughts of the world begin here every morning. My thought for the day - you're only here for a short time, so spend it doing something you love.Favorite quote: "When someone buys a work of art it gives the artist permission to create another
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