A research visit to the Roald Dahl Museum in Buckinghamshire gave Ian an insight into Dahl's unique method of writing on yellow notepads, using wide margins for notes and comments. His manuscripts were made from the tear-off sheets and kept in bundles. Ian was given permission to sketch and work in the archives, resulting in this technically brilliant study. A wonderful and unique painting on linen, presented in a smart tray frame, for fans of James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the BFG, Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox...
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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