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Gary Robinson

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'Art may be defined as the middle quality between a thought and a thing. The union and reconciliation of that which is nature and of that which is exclusively human. It is the figure landscape of thought.'

My paintings are formal reconstructions of real experiences and could be seen as equivalents for the circumstances in which they originated. I use crooked squares, single images handwritten notes, and spontaneous marks as tools in my work to engage the viewer.

I am concerned with the physicalities of paint, a sense of place and wonder, and how to convey this. These particular paintings are the result of four years of looking at a simple field and an independent tree on the outskirts of my hometown. I have a tendency to isolate certain images and by doing this highlight the ordinary beauty that surrounds us all. All things can be found in these field and tree paintings. There is life, death, renewal and an element of protecting the history of both. In a way, they are like portraits of something caught in a glimpse.

The tree paintings are of one tree, separated from the rest on a hill top. It acts like a sentry, overlooking the community, protecting it like a guardian. The Streetheads connect the rural with the hustle of urban living.

I would use handwritten notes in the work and these lines can flicker in and out of visibility, emerging from and then vanishing beneath layers of paint. Some of these notes are addressed to the viewer while others are more like my own mutterings. Each work would be similar to single frames that have ended up on the editing floor. I have taken these and given them a new lease of life. I hope that this work has a new life and that when viewed they awaken themselves and the viewer. It is a collaboration between both.




1988     Letterkenny R.T.C. Art and Design


1989     National College of Art and Design (Fine Art Degree)


Solo Shows:



2001 “Tracings” One Man Exhibition – Atrium Gallery, Longford


2004 “Portal Paintings”  Market House Gallery, Monaghan


2006 “Portals and Vessels” Origin Gallery, Dublin.


2007 ’10 Paintings’ The Dock – One man show – Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim


2007 Boodles Emerging Irish Artist - One man show - Dublin


2007 ‘Open’ - Atruim Gallery -  Longford


2009 ‘In-between Lines & Circles’ - Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar


2011 'A Field in Ballagh' – The Origin Gallery – Dublin


2012 ‘My Crooked Field’ – Galway University Hospital Arts Trust


2012 ‘Fields and Converscapes’ – The Customs House Gallery – Westport


2014Ballina Arts Centre –


2014 – The Luan Gallery – Athlone


2014 – NUIG Arts - October


2014 – ‘This Tree on a Hill’ – The Origin Gallery Dublin


2014 - Gary Robinson & John Kingerlee – Cill Rialaig Arts Centre


2015 – The Market Place Gallery – Armagh


2015 – Gary Robinson & John Kingerlee – The Origin Gallery – Dublin





Group Exhibitions:


1998 “Emerging Artists” Atrium Gallery, Longford


2002 “Group Show” Cross Gallery, Dublin


2005–08–10-12  Boyle Arts Festival


2005 Participant in the Lough Ree Arts Festival


2006 Roscommom Arts Centre   group show with Anthony Pilbro


2007 Christmas Show - Bridge Gallery - Dublin


Purple Onion Gallery - Summer Exhibition Group Show.


2008 Claremorris Gallery - Group Show with John Shinnors, Donal Teskey.


Bad Art Gallery – Dublin


Leinster Gallery – Dublin


Lavit Gallery – Cork


Gordons Gallery – Derry


Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition 2010


2011\14 Doorway Gallery Dublin


2011 Caldwell Gallery Belfast


2006 \ 2013 Origin Gallery Dublin


2012 Customs House Studios Westport, Co. Mayo


2012\14 Kennys Gallery Galway


2013 - Engage Longford Group Exhibition


2014 Selected artist - Ross Fine Arts Summer Exhibition


2014 McKenna Gallery Summer Exhibition







1997 Fire Station Studios – Buckingham St. Dublin, Residency with

Shane Cullen Inner City Project.


2006 Residency in Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat Centre – Kerry




Ireland and England – Monaghan County Council – Monaghan V.E.C.

           Longford County Council – Boyle Civic Trust – Office of Public Works



1999 Public Sculpture Commissioned by the National Millennium Commission, Longford


Office of Public Works




Longford Leader




Midlands Arts & Culture Magazine


The Whole Planet is a Garden – the Genius of John Kingerlee


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