Using (a) repertoire of symbolic and expressive elements, John Robinson’s paintings and prints develop richly evocative responses to the nature of the land, of life and of our experience. Although they possess considerable visual appeal, they are never purely decorative. There is always a departure point, a cue to suggest further contemplation, an invitation to speculate on and to consider the issues that have generated these images and that, embodied in symbol and emotional evocation, are contained within them. Energy as the ever present, always changing, all embracing factor, to be pursued in a search for truth and meaning, locates these works within the domain of philosophy, a visual parallel to one of the eternal quests, an understanding of the nature of the universe.

VIEW SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND REPRESENTATION

EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

1966-2009 Held over 24 Solo Exhibitions in Victoria NSW and SA
1962-2007 Numerous Group Exhibitions held nationally and internationally including Japan, USA, Canada and the UK.
1976-1983 Druckma Press was established. George Baldessin, John Robinson and Les Kossatz were the founders. They printed their own works also editioning for other contemporary artists such as Fred Williams, John Brack, John Olsen, Noel Counihan and Clifton Pugh
1974 Geelong Art Gallery, Print Purchase Prize Award
1975 Australian Visual Arts Board, Special Projects Grant
1977 Australian Visual Arts Board, Direct Assistance Grant
1980 Australian Visual Arts Board, Special Projects Grant
1983 Queensland Art Gallery Purchase Prize
1999 Outside Study Program, La Trobe University, Bendigo
2000 Visiting Artist, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

REPRESENTED

Australian National Gallery, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria
Art Gallery of SA
Queensland Art Gallery
Queen Victoria Art Gallery & Museum, Launceston
Museum and Art Gallery NT, Darwin
Parliament House Canberra
Print Council of Australia
Regional Galleries – Ballarat, Benalla, Bendigo, Burnie, Geelong, Mornington and Swan Hill
University Collections – Flinders, La Trobe Melbourne, La Trobe Bendigo, National University, Canberra
and many other institutional, major corporate and private collections

John Robinson, Double Circle, 2002, acrylic on canvas, 230 x 173cm $18,000
John Robinson, Double Circle, 2002, acrylic on canvas, 230 x 173cm $18,000
Blue Shift, 2008, Acrylic on canvas, 210x170cm $16,000
Blue Shift, 2008, Acrylic on canvas, 210x170cm $16,000
Compelling call, 1989, Acrylic on canvas, 168x213cm
Compelling call, 1989, Acrylic on canvas, 168x213cm
Descent,1986, Acrylic on canvas, 83x76cm
Descent,1986, Acrylic on canvas, 83x76cm
John Robinson, Dispersed Comet, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 172 x 200cm,
John Robinson, Dispersed Comet, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 172 x 200cm,
Night Detail, 1987, Acrylic on canvas, 83x106cm
Night Detail, 1987, Acrylic on canvas, 83x106cm
Nucleus, 2000, Lithograph ed 10, 40x40cm
Nucleus, 2000, Lithograph ed 10, 40x40cm
Pyramidal Heap II, Lithograph ed 2/30, 30x76cm
Pyramidal Heap II, Lithograph ed 2/30, 30x76cm
John Robinson, Screen, 1973, acrylic on canvas, 167 x 213cm $16,500
John Robinson, Screen, 1973, acrylic on canvas, 167 x 213cm $16,500
Nucleus, 2000, Lithograph ed 10, 40x40cm
Nucleus, 2000, Lithograph ed 10, 40x40cm
John Robinson, Red Shift, 2006,  acrylic on canvas, 172 x 230cm $18,000
John Robinson, Red Shift, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 172 x 230cm $18,000