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William Robinson

William Robinson


William Robinson was born in Queensland in 1936. Initially training as a primary school teacher, he was awarded a scholarship to study art at the Central Technical College from 1955 to 1956. After Graduating, Robinson began work as an art instructor, a career he would continue until 1989, when he retired as head of the painting department at the Brisbane College of Advanced Education to focus solely on his art. 

Robinson held his first exhibition in 1967, and exhibited consistently throughout the 1970s. He came to national prominence in the 1980’s when he was selected for inclusion in Australian Perspecta in 1983 and The Sixth Biennale of Sydney in 1986. Since that point Robinson has been considered one of Australia’s leading landscape painters. His works are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art and most major Australian state and regional collections. He has been awarded a number of prestigious prizes, including the Archibald Prize in 1987 and 1995, and the Wynne Prize in 1990 and 1996.    

Robinson is widely recognised for his unique interpretation of the Australian landscape, along with imaginative portraits and narrative scenes. Today Robinson is considered one of Australia’s foremost living artists, with a William Robinson gallery opening at the QUT campus in Old Government House in 2009. 

Awards

1956 Godrey Rivers Medal
1969 Fred and Eleanor Schonell Prize, Redcliffe Art Contest, Redcliffe
1970 David Jones Painting Prize
1972 Eleanor Schonell Prize, Redcliffe art Contest, Recliffe
1987 Aberdare Art Prize, Ipswich City Art Gallery
1987 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1990 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1991-92 John McCaughey Memorial Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1995 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1996 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1998 Honorary Doctorate, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
2002 Honorary Doctorate, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
2004 Queensland Great Award
2005 Honorary Doctorate, Griffith University, Brisbane
2007 Awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), Canberra
2009 Chancellor's Outstanding Alumnus Award, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

Selected Exhibitions 

1967, 1969 Design Arts Centre, Brisbane
1971, 1974  Leveson Street Gallery, Melbourne
1975  Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education, Brisbane

1977 Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane

1978 Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane

1980 Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane

1981  Farm images, Armidale City Art Gallery, Armidale
1982  Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane
1984  Ray Hughes Gallery at Reconnaissance, Reconnaissance Gallery, Melbourne
1985  Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1986, 1988,  Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane

1989  Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane
1989  Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education, Brisbane
1991  'Creation landscape: Water and land', lithographs, Ray Hughes Gallery stand, International Print Fair, Sydney
'Selected works from the University Art Collection', Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
1992  Darren Knight Gallery, Melbourne
1994  'Insights: William Robinson', University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
1994, 1996  Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1995  'William Robinson: New ceramics in collaboration with Errol Barnes', Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1997  Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane
1998  Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
2001  Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane
Australian Galleries, Works on Paper, Sydney
Australian Galleries, Works on Paper, Melbourne
2001-02  'Darkness and light: The art of William Robinson', Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2002  Australian Galleries, Sydney and Melbourne
2003  'William Robinson: The revelation of landscape', SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington
Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane
2003-05  'Place and memory: The graphic work of William Robinson', QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, touring to Gold Coast City Art Gallery; Cairns Regional Gallery; Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery; New England Regional Art Gallery, Armidale; Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery; Wagga Wagga Art Gallery; and Stonington Stables Museum of Art, Deakin University, Melbourne
2004  'Self portraits', Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane
2005  Australian Galleries, Sydney and Melbourne
Redcliffe City Art Gallery
2006  Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane
2007  'The French lithographs', Philip Bacon Galleries
Australian Galleries, Sydney and Melbourne
2008  'A life in lithographs', Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
2009  Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane
'Realms of vision: The art of William Robinson', William Robinson Gallery, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
2010  'Ekka series 1-20', Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane
Australian Galleries, Sydney and Melbourne
'Hinterland: The rainforest works of William Robinson', William Robinson Gallery, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
2011  'William Robinson: The transfigured landscape', William Robinson Gallery and QUT Art Museum, Brisbane
Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane
2013 'Australia', Royal Academy of Arts, London
'The Farmyards', William Robinson Gallery, Brisbane
2014 Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane

Collections

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Vatican Museums, Vatican City
Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland
Australian Pint Workshop Archive, Melbourne
Benalla Art Gallery
Bendigo Art Gallery
Burnie Regional Art Gallery
Cairns Regional Art Gallery
Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast
Ipswich City Art Gallery, Ipswich
Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane
New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale
Newcastle Region Art Gallery
Parliament House, Canberra
Redcliffe City Art Gallery
Rockhampton Art Gallery
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Stanthorpe
State Library of Queensland, Brisbane
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
UC Art Collection, University of Canberra
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga O Waikato, Hamilton
Griffith University, Brisbane
Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne Art Collection
Melbourne State College, Melbourne
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
University of New South Wales, Sydney
University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
University of Tasmania Fine Art Collection, Hobart
ANZ Bank
Artbank
Brisbane Grammar School
IBM Australia
JP Morgan Chase
Macquarie Bank
and private collections