Wil­liam Robin­son: ANThi eo­brinsspone e

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Art Almanac - - Art In Aus­tralia -

Art his­tor­i­cal text wrapped in a yarn. This new ti­tle from Nick Earls on artist Wil­liam Robin­son frames the 81-year-old painter’s story with ten­der re­flec­tions from the horse’s mouth; ‘Life teaches you how to be an artist,’ he says. We ex­pe­ri­ence a chrono­log­i­cal rec­ol­lec­tion that fo­cuses on the par­al­lels and in­ter­sec­tion of art and ev­ery­day life. Robin­son muses on the value of grow­ing a prac­tice over many decades as the pair dis­cuss de­vel­op­ments in style, art deal­ers, cu­ra­tors and ex­hi­bi­tions as well as mov­ing house, rais­ing a large fam­ily, teach­ing and coun­try life. A key-note is Robin­son’s con­nec­tion to land­scape, lead­ing to art­work about ‘sen­sa­tion rather than de­scrip­tion.’ This small book is not il­lus­trated but clearly evokes the artist’s aes­thetic.

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