James Robinson, a versatile mixed media artist, finds deep inspiration in the rich tapestry of landscapes that surround him. Originally from Christchurch and currently making his home in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Robinson boasts a strong artistic education, having successfully earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the prestigious Otago School of Fine Arts.
Robinson’s artistic endeavors have graced galleries globally, blurring the lines between personal and universal. Noteworthy accolades include the 2007 Wallace Art residency in New York and a dual residency at McCahon House Titirangi and Tylee Cottage, Whanganui, in 2008.
In 2019, Robinson clinched the People’s Choice award at Wellington’s Parkin Award with ”In and Out.” a monumental piece from his Pyramid series. His creations brim with urgency, honesty, and directness, with his drawings serving as poignant introspections into his psyche.
James Robinson’s artistic journey is a testament to his transformative power of creativity and experimentation. His visual language constantly evolves, adapts, crosses boundaries and speaks volumes, and inviting viewers to partake in a rich tapestry of emotion, reflection, and innovation.
”For me...making symbolic surfaces that hark to memory of ancient being. The interconnection of our lives in the bigger nervous system of the planet, gives me a meaning beyond culture.
Theres something shamanic. Playful, powerful and otherworldly I'm attempting to communicate with A beast on the otherside...inside that has knowledge and insight.
The arts a language I make up as currency to carry information and energy” - James Robinson