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Exhibitions and Events

Current Exhibition


The blue pools, Springbrook to Beechmont, 2000
oil on linen 206.5 x 263cm
QUT Art CollectionPurchased through the William Robinson Art Collection Fund, 2013

7 November 2017 – 12 January 2018


William Robinson (1936-) is recognised as one of Australia’s most important contemporary landscape painters, celebrated in particular for his original and powerful approaches to depicting the Australian environment through a multi-dimensional viewpoint. For over five decades, he has produced works of great originality and vision that have informed a new vernacular of the Australian landscape.

William Robinson: Genesis is the first major international exhibition of the artist, now aged 81.

The exhibition explores the rich experimental
spirit and inimitable mastery of Robinson’s works on paper to show that, rather than being a minor interest, this medium has contributed greatly to the development of his contemporaneous canvases.


Springbrook to the sea, 1997
Watercolour 18 x 36 cm
Private collection, Brisbane

Since the 1960s, Robinson has produced hundreds of works in watercolour, graphite, gouache, and ink, as well as lithographs and etchings, created both as studies related to paintings and as independent works.

The exhibition brings together a selection of rarely seen works alongside those that have been exhibited more widely, allowing the viewer to clearly see the development of Robinson’s distinctive use of colour and the artist’s move towards the multidimensional perspective for which his large landscape paintings are so acclaimed.

The inclusion of a select group of major paintings, such as The blue pools, Springbrook to Beechmont 2000 and the Archibald Prize winning self portrait, Equestrian self portrait 1987, further reveal connections to his works on paper. They illustrate how, over time, this often overlooked medium has contributed significantly to Robinson creating a pure, singular style that has seen him become one of Australia’s greatest living artists.

William by lamplight, 1990
Lithograph 56.5 x 56.5 cm
QUT Art Collection
Purchased 1990


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