6 July – 5 August
Exhibition goes live at 10am on 6 July
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Painting in his light-filled studio on the north Norfolk coast Tom Robinson’s abstract oils evolve over months to create complex, rhythmic planes of overlapping colour and space. His work sits within a history of British painterly abstraction where the language of the brush takes the lead over any personal or formal qualities and the success of Robinson’s painting is defined purely by colour, the touch of the paint on canvas, tension and space.
Starting with a one-dimensional idea of colour and form Robinson gradually establishes a structure and colour key, describing his work as ‘reaching for something hovering behind the surface: the meta image’. The paint is applied thickly, soaking brushes in pots of paint rather than a palette. Then reworking the paint, scraping it back with chisels or small planes of wood planes.It can take over a year to finish a painting and Robinson places great importance on time for contemplation. He works surrounded by paintings at various stages of completion. It is an instinctive yet considered way of working. Each painting is balanced and compact, elevating rather than mitigating the tension and visceral energy of his mark-making. His understanding of colour is subtle and often surprising. Colours bounce forwards and sink back, giving them a three-dimensionality akin to relief sculpture.
Robinson attended The Byam Shaw and The Royal Drawing School in London. He lives and works in Norfolk. He was shortlisted for the the Gilchrist Fisher award in 2010 and the Contemporary British Painting Prize in 2021.