Object Detail

About the Work
"James Robinson does not so much make paintings as torture them. His rough and ready canvases always look strung up rather than displayed, more worked over than worked on.
Robinson’s paintings always bear the marks of the actions and processes of their making. His best-known works are slashed, stitched, cut, seared and burnt. Cryptic messages are inscribed into heavily textured and layered surfaces, that are often bloated with foreign objects such as sand, stone, grass, nails and broken crockery. Robinson grants free reign to the imaginative and instinctual processes of art-making. His art never sits still, and is highly charged with a manic energy"
Real Art Road show essay- Aaron Lister
940 x 890 x 75 mm
mixed media on hessian
White painting with thick impasto areas that have cracked. Ghostly figures emerge from the paint, rows of pencil tally marks. Some pinks and dark colours emerge through the upper layer of white paint.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Tylee Residency exchange, 2009.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Jun 2009



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