William ROBINSON \'Morning with flooded gums\' 1991 (detail)

William Robinson: Elixir of Light

Past exhibition

William Robinson has a profound understanding of observed natural light. In his work, small brush strokes of complementary colours bustle in directions to create form, and we see morning and afternoon light fall naturally over mountains and everyday objects. Painting in an unapologetically 'South East Queensland' light, Robinson uses colour to infuse his paintings with atmospheric qualities that evoke reverence and meditation.

Guest curated by Robinson's past student, Maureen Hansen, a practising artist herself, Elixir of Light brings together oil paintings, pastels, lithographs, watercolours and gouache works that celebrate the artist's extraordinary gift of colour perception. A 21st-century alchemist, Robinson takes metal from the earth—pure cadmiums, cobalt from lapis lazuli for Matisse blue, Aureolin yellow, transparent gold oxide—arranging these elements in a way that allows one's perception of their environment to be awakened.

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William Robinson: Elixir of light cover

William Robinson: Elixir of light
Essay by Maureen Hansen

6 pages
Available at Old Government House

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4 July 2019 - 14 June 2020