Worcester, United Kingdom, 1981


“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing”. George Bernard Shaw

My work is about how to paint a figure. Frequently myself. I want 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. I 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. I want my pictures to be as dark allegories of psychological states, but that can be fun too.

John Robinson’s work can be found in public collections around the world. He was born in Worcester UK in 1981 and studied art at Falmouth University and Byam Shaw school of art in London.