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 documents of documents, catalogues of catalogues, copies and replicas. Robinson has a First Class Ba (hons) Fine Art : Painting from University of the Arts London - Wimbledon College of Art - 2011. He is currently employed as an artist in the studios of Patrick Hughes.