Fiona Robinson

Drawing | Weymouth, Dorset, United Kingdom
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Artist Statement

I draw because I must. It is what I do. I am fascinated, obsessed by edges and the edge of each drawing is as important as what is going on inside those containing, constraining boundaries. I work with line, making it work for me, making it express what I want to communicate and making it respond to what I observe, think and hear. I often start with layers of tone or free expressive marks then overlay them with ruled lines or layers of slow controlled considered lyrical lines. I make my best drawings on paper now, on hot press smooth surfaces, using charcoal, graphite chalks and wax. Sometimes other materials too. My drawings touch on things that I am interested in, landscape, trees, music and texts. Repetition and process are important elements. My most recent work made in response to John Cage's In a landscape 1948 marries my interest in open spaces with music. Before these the measured and considered meter of Bach is reflected in the works made in response to the Bach Suites for unaccompanied Cello. Work made in response to the first Modernist house built in the UK by the Swiss American Architect William Lescaze, High Cross House at Dartington in Devon, examined the design and structure the contrast of brutal line with soft curve and the way in which sound echoed through the different spaces and hinted at memories of earlier echoes of music making and words read aloud. The unstable landscape drawings, which moved very quickly into the music drawings, registered the instability of being at sea in a small boat. I matched the repetition of the disorientating, destabilising lines with Alain Robbe-Grillet's short story La Plage where repetition gradually reveals the narrative and played a tape of the text on a loop alongside the drawings.

Recent Work

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About Fiona Robinson

I studied in London, Oxford, BA in Fine art and HIstory of Art at Oxford Brooks University and Portsmouth, MA in Fine Art Painting at University of Portsmouth. I have exhibited widely in the UK Europe the United States and Australia and have works in public and private collections Worldwide. I was elected an Academician of the Royal West of England Academy in 2013. I was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2012 and in 1998 when it was at Cheltenham. I won the Royal West of England Academy Drawing Prize in 2011, The University of Bath Painting Prize in 2007 and was a Prizewinner in the 4th Australian International Drawing Bienale in Melbourne in 2007.

Recent exhibitions include,

ParisCONCRET Le long de la ligne;
Christies London, Illuminating the Future,
Baroni Gallery London From Surface to Structure,
Atkinson Gallery Millfield Tetra;
Alsop Gallery Bridport, Parallel lines of Enquiry;
Masters and Pelavin, New York, A field Guide to getting lost

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Artist Statement

I draw because I must. It is what I do. I am fascinated, obsessed by edges and the edge of each drawing is as important as what is going on inside those containing, constraining boundaries. I work with line, making it work for me, making it express what I want to communicate and making it respond to what I observe, think and hear. I often start with layers of tone or free expressive marks then overlay them with ruled lines or layers of slow controlled considered lyrical lines. I make my best drawings on paper now, on hot press smooth surfaces, using charcoal, graphite chalks and wax. Sometimes other materials too. My drawings touch on things that I am interested in, landscape, trees, music and texts. Repetition and process are important elements. My most recent work made in response to John Cage's In a landscape 1948 marries my interest in open spaces with music. Before these the measured and considered meter of Bach is reflected in the works made in response to the Bach Suites for unaccompanied Cello. Work made in response to the first Modernist house built in the UK by the Swiss American Architect William Lescaze, High Cross House at Dartington in Devon, examined the design and structure the contrast of brutal line with soft curve and the way in which sound echoed through the different spaces and hinted at memories of earlier echoes of music making and words read aloud. The unstable landscape drawings, which moved very quickly into the music drawings, registered the instability of being at sea in a small boat. I matched the repetition of the disorientating, destabilising lines with Alain Robbe-Grillet's short story La Plage where repetition gradually reveals the narrative and played a tape of the text on a loop alongside the drawings.

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About Fiona Robinson

I studied in London, Oxford, BA in Fine art and HIstory of Art at Oxford Brooks University and Portsmouth, MA in Fine Art Painting at University of Portsmouth. I have exhibited widely in the UK Europe the United States and Australia and have works in public and private collections Worldwide. I was elected an Academician of the Royal West of England Academy in 2013. I was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2012 and in 1998 when it was at Cheltenham. I won the Royal West of England Academy Drawing Prize in 2011, The University of Bath Painting Prize in 2007 and was a Prizewinner in the 4th Australian International Drawing Bienale in Melbourne in 2007.

Recent exhibitions include,

ParisCONCRET Le long de la ligne;
Christies London, Illuminating the Future,
Baroni Gallery London From Surface to Structure,
Atkinson Gallery Millfield Tetra;
Alsop Gallery Bridport, Parallel lines of Enquiry;
Masters and Pelavin, New York, A field Guide to getting lost

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