David Robinson

David Robinson’s new work continues his investigations into the human condition with extraordinary vision, skill, and sympathy.

David Robinson’s  imaginative renderings of the eternal vagaries of human activity; his masterful classical figures – Atlas, Daedelus,Telos, Onus, like Sisyphus and Tantalus, represent archetypal myths of meaning. They appear to witness their own creation, to know themselves, and as viewers, seeing them, we come to know ourselves.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

David Robinson studied at OCA (now OCAD) with sculptors whose works adorn monuments around the world (many of them war monuments) and who inculcated in David the sense of public responsibility that his work has come to embody  both in scale and subject. His atelier and gallery at 1000 Parker, now in its 20th year, is a magician’s workshop in a myriad of sizes, materials, and subjects. Known equally for his tiny highly detailed bronze figures balanced and perched on edges and his life- size and larger figures, head and equestrian studies in bronze, cement and iron, David’s work examines the human condition with an eye for the eternal gesture. He shows regularly and widely from Houston and Calgary to Vancouver (Winsor Gallery) Palm Springs and Salt Spring Island. His work is in public and private collections across the continent with his latest commission – Daedalist – just installed at the new Fort McMurray Airport in Alberta.
ARTIST STATEMENT
My sculptures are the working outcomes of waking dreams, born under the same sign as their nocturnal counterparts. That is, the same quickening of the mind that gives rise to a briefly sustained but absolute belief in some as yet untapped potential. The trouble is that very few of the gems that one gleans in this mental state can survive the journey back across the threshold of the conscious mind. Most of them burn up upon entering the solidifying atmosphere of mass and volume.

 

1964

Born in Toronto, ON

1979

Fine Arts Program, Central Technical School, Toronto, ON

1982-85

Fine Arts Program, Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, BC

1985-87

Honours Graduate in Fine Arts, Sculpture Program, Ontario College of Art, Toronto, ON

1987-88

Teaching Assistant, Sculpture Program, Ontario College of Art, Toronto, ON

1997-98

Sculpture Instructor, Vancouver Academy of Art, Vancouver, BC

 

Currently working in Vancouver, BC

Exhibitions

2014

New Works, Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

 

Dead Reckoning, Duthie Gallery, Saltspring Island, BC (solo)

 

Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2013

Form and Figure, Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, California

 

Solo Exhibition, Duthie Gallery, Saltspring Island, BC

2012

Bridge, Lookout Gallery, Regent College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (solo)

 

Terminal City Club, Vancouver, BC (solo)

2011

Corpus/Geist, Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB (solo)

 

David Robinson Recent Works, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC (solo)

2009

2011

Corpus/Geist, Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB (solo)

 

David Robinson Recent Works, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC (solo)

2009

Group Exhibit, TBA, Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX

 

Works on (in) Paper (working title) , Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB (solo)

2008

Group Exhibit, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2008

Newzones Gallery – David Robinson Recent Works