Ian Robinson paints collections. This painting is painted directly onto a beautifully carved wooden panel and is hung directly on the wall. The still life shows a sketchbook that belonged to the photographer Saul Leiter who was a painterly photographer. Perversely, Ian Robinson is a photorealistic painter. Ian Robinson, Saul Leiter sketchbooks, 2017, Oil on panel, unframed, 28 x 36cm
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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