United Kingdom, 1981


John Robinson’s work is about how to paint a figure. Frequently himself. He wants to revisit the popular theme of self portraiture and do it in a new way. The work is often quite small scale and is executed in raw umber on canvases. He lived in Madrid for a few years, initially as artist in residence at the Prado Museum and inspired by the dark spaces of Goya and the allegories of Velazquez. He wants his pictures to be as dark allegories of psychological states, but that can be fun too.