Ian Robinson, Roald Dahl Idea Books, 2017, Oil on panel, 40 x 69 cm. Ian Robinson paints objects in collections. Throughout his life, Roald Dahl kept what he called his 'Ideas Books' - old school exercise books he used to write down inspirations for stories as they came to him. This is how The BFG began - as a note in one of Roald's books, scrawled in pencil, revisited years later and published when Roald was 66. The Ideas Books books are now stored in the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre archive. Here are three idea books from the collection, painted in photographic detail but with a painterly faded beauty and charm.
Ian Robinson's work is concerned with obsessions and the back-stories of collections. His photorealistic paintings of the objects of collections began when he was still at college, and he started to paint pictures of his own record collection. Upon moving to London, he suddenly found he had access to numerous other collections, including those of Sir John Soane, Cassiano Dal Pozzo, and Aby Warburg, and his focus has switched from music to literature. When he visits the collections, he makes drawings and takes photos, and then scales these up, sometimes by hand, sometimes by projecting the photograph on to the canvas, and paints them in minute detail over a period of months. The results are ...
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