Ian Robinson paints objects in collections. Frederick Horniman collected a huge range of objects from around the world in the eighteenth century (now bequeathed to the nation in the Horniman Museum). He collected many different types of ornate books from bibles to volumes reflecting world travel and trade. Here are three travel 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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