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William ROBINSON Morning with flooded gums 1991 (detail) | watercolour on paper | QUT Art Collection | Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by William Robinson, 2018

William Robinson: Elixir of Light

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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 Gallery tours
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Tuesday - Thursday, 10am - 4pm

William Robinson Gallery tours

Guest curator

Maureen Hansen


4 July 2019 - 14 June 2020

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