The Still Point of the Turning World
07 th- 31st March 2012, Private view 6th March, 6-8pm
Artist talk Thursday 15th March at 7pm
“Robin Richmond is one of the finest painters working in Britain today,” (Art Review)
In this, her eighth one-woman show at Curwen and New Academy Gallery, Robin Richmond has
expanded her vocabulary and extended her range to capture the spirit of a skill too long eclipsed by
contemporary art – traditional easel painting. Having said this, her work is neither narrative nor
descriptive, nor transcriptive and her paintings of landscape attempt to evoke a sense of place,
rather than to define it.
Robin Richmond, As Fragile as our Clay; Rome, from the studio window, oil, casein & acrylic on linen, 120 x 100cm
These paintings tread a very delicate threshold between figuration and abstraction, a line which she
walks with complete assurance and authority. Formal painting skills are celebrated and with the use
of antique skills such as glazing and a subtle use of layering, she creates a rare poetic atmosphere.
Like a palimpsest these images are glimpsed rather than directly seen.
First and foremost Richmond would say she is a painter of Light. In this she is of the tradition of
Turner as much as with Rothko and the Abstract Expressionists with whom she feels a great affinity.
In her exhibition catalogue entry she writes of her work;
“It is more an evocation of a feeling; a kind of emotional weather map where physical and mental space
collide, where the “world is at our feet as fragile as our clay.”
This affectionate nod to Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage is not entirely coincidental; in that Robin
was brought up in Rome and has taken a Grand Tour herself in the last two years. In a sabbatical
from her London life she has travelled widely. This show includes paintings derived from and inspired
by, long stays in the High Andes, the Amazonian rainforest, Italy, France, Scandinavia and the United
Robin Richmond lives and works in London and South-West France. She is the author of 7 books,
and is a regular contributor to numerous art journals. She has work in a number of museum
collections, as well as many private and corporate collections. She attained both her Fine Art BA and
her MA in Art History at Chelsea School of Art. She has been a fellow and Artist in Residence at
Yale University, USA since 2003. Her work will be the subject of a major retrospective at the
Château D’Excideuil in August 2012.
Robin Richmond, Swathe; Amagansett; Long Island NY, acrylic on canvas, 46 x 60cm