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Brian Robinson: Tithuyil (Moving with the Rhythm of the Stars)

August 23 1898 (condensed title)

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Brian Robinson: Tithuyil (Moving with the Rhythm of the Stars)


Tithuyil (Moving with the Rhythm of the Stars) is a selection of prints and mixed media works created by Torres Strait Islander artist, Brian Robinson. The graphic style in his practice combines his Torres Strait Islander heritage with a strong passion for experimentation, both in theoretical approach and medium, as well as crossing the boundaries between reality and fantasy. The results combine styles as diverse as graffiti art through to intricate relief carvings echoing images of Torres Strait cultural motifs, objects and activity.


Learn more about Brian Robinson's work:

Video produced by the National Gallery of Australia.


This exhibition compliments a further selection of works by Robinson that will be on view at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection in Charlottesville, VA from February 11 through May 31, 2020. For more information visit Kluge-Ruhe's website.


About the Artist

Brian Robinson was born in 1973 on Waiben (Thursday Island) and is of the Maluyligal and Wuthathi language groups of the Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula, and is a descendant of the Dayak people of Malaysia. He grew up in the idyllic tropical surroundings of the Torres Strait Islands, located between the tip of Cape York Peninsula and Papua New Guinea. During this time he gained valuable knowledge and appreciation of the culture of his people and was particularly influenced by the myths and legends of the Torres Strait, and the traditional motifs and natural carving ability of the Islanders. Now Cairns-based, Robinson is known for his printmaking, sculpture and public art in which he uses a variety of techniques.


In 2004, Robinson completed internships with both the National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia and has since collaborated on an exhibition with the Museum developed specifically for their Gallery for First Australians. Until August 2010 he was Exhibitions Manager and Deputy Director of Cairns Regional Gallery and, despite the demands of these positions, he continued to develop a strong arts practice. Robinson left the Gallery to concentrate on his art practice full-time, commencing with a 12-month Artist Residency at Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking Studio, Cairns. He is an award-winning artist and his work is held in all of the major public collections in Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia.


Brian Robinson will visit the Kluge-Ruhe Collection as a resident artist from February 8 – March 8, 2020. He will work with UVA students in the printmaking and sculpture studios at UVA, and will give a number of public talks.


Image: "August 23 1898 – Today I collected with much zeal, through the barter and exchange of gifts, ancient artefacts belonging to a race of Indigenous Australian’s known as Torres Strait Islanders. Wooden masks, pearlshell pendants, smoking pipes, dance objects, and a strange device called a USB flash drive were amongst the items obtained.  A.C.Haddon", 2012, etching.


For further information email: Cultural.RelationsUS@dfat.gov.au.