ROBI N RI CHMOND
3-31 March 2016
Private View Wednesday 2nd March 6-8pm
Artist’s Talk Tuesday 15th March, from 7pm
Auvézère River, France, 2014
acrylic on gesso panel
71 x 56cm
Curwen Gallery is delighted to celebrate its twenty year-long creative association with Robin
Richmond by an exhibition of new work and the publication of a stunning new book, entitled Living
This is the first book published of Robin Richmond’s work, and contains a revelatory essay by the
artist, a section devoted to work from the last five decades, along with all her new work which will
feature in a major exhibition during March. This, Richmond’s 11th one-woman exhibition with
Curwen Gallery, will contain over one hundred paintings from a very productive last two years.
The title of the exhibition and of the accompanying book, is deliberately ambiguous, referring both
to the experience of observing the living landscape, and living the landscape as an artist in her work.
Over the last two years, Robin's work has developed a new formal freedom and it can now no
longer be described as being either fully abstract or fully figurative - rather occupying a fertile place
where neither reductive term applies. The paintings embrace accident and chance in their increasing
emotional and technical fluidity and as she says herself, " It is not a matter of making the painting, but
finding the painting. It is drawing out not drawing on."
This collection of wonderfully atmospheric paintings allows the viewer a window into diverse
landscapes ranging from the desert plains and mesas of the American Southwest; the wild seas of the
Atlantic; the dying sunsets on the Venetian lagoon; the slate mines of Cumbria; the rivers of rural
France; and the strange geologies of the Corsican calanches. Richmond’s obsession with the transient
effects of light and weather upon these landscapes is a recurring and captivating force within the
work. Always a committed, eloquent and brilliant colourist, the new paintings combine Richmond's
lyrical control of her medium with a passionate commitment to her subject, the living landscape.
An informal talk by the artist will take place in the gallery on Tuesday 15 March, 7pm, all welcome.
The book, ‘Living Landscape’ will be launched at the private view of this exhibition, Wednesday 2 March,
6-8pm. Copies of the book, published by Curwen Gallery in association with White Stork Press, will
available to purchase for £30 each.
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