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This England
© the artist. Photo credit: Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, mima

This England 1986

Bob Robinson (b.1951)

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, mima

Painter and draughtsman born in Newtownstewart, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. From 1968–71 he was a drawing office apprentice with Rolls-Royce, then studied fine art at North-East London Polytechnic and at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham, where he settled and where he studied low life for his subjects, tinged with an element of fantasy. Showed in Midlands, had a solo exhibition at Derby Museum and Art Gallery in 1980 and in 1981–2 was included in the tour Fragments Against Ruin, organised by the Arts Council, which holds several examples. Robinson latterly showed with the Treadwell Gallery, based in Aigen, Austria. On its website he explained that the subjects of his paintings “are usually the commonplace or mundane to which I add a narrative.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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