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Doug Robinson  Bio  ·     ·  Exhibitions:   Curated by Lynn Ruscheinsky click to view video



Doug Robinson's work represents a playful merging between traditional painting and photo realism.  Robinson steers a course between mid 20th century modernism and his contemporary milieu.  Through deploying classical portrait geometry and optics his paintings generate an ironic play of underlying geometries that bring to presence scenes densely layered with conflicting narratives.

Robinson articulates the disconnected nature of our every day.  Consistent with post modern practices in the photographic arts, Robinson is guided by the discipline of deconstructing the strictures of both representationalism and formalism. 

Always aware of the larger historical lineage out of which painting has emerged, Robinson's works are systematically governed by a strength of line and classical techniques used in the ordering and manipulation of perception.  Both cerebrally and viscerally his work stands as an important contribution to the world of contemporary visual arts.




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Doug Robinson - Sheena - click for larger image

Sheena
77.5 x 48 Inches 
acrylic on linen
Doug Robinson - Manny's F&B Show Bar - click for larger image

Manny's F&B Show Bar
36 x 48 Inches 
acrylic on linen
Doug Robinson - False Creek - click for larger image

False Creek
27.5 x 44.25 Inches 
acrylic on linen
Doug Robinson - Vancouver Art Gallery Shop - click for larger image

Vancouver Art Gallery Shop
77.5 x 48 Inches 
acrylic on linen
Doug Robinson - Millie at English Bay - click for larger image

Millie at English Bay
77.5 x 48 Inches 
acrylic on linen
Doug Robinson - Van Art Gal Does The G7 - click for larger image

Van Art Gal Does The G7
27.5 x 44.25 Inches 
acrylic on linen
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Doug Robinson - Mission Fair - click for larger image

Mission Fair
27.5 x 44.25 Inches 
acrylic on linen
Doug Robinson - Duck Pond - click for larger image

Duck Pond
42 x 34 Inches 
acrylic on linen
Doug Robinson - Alex - click for larger image

Alex
77.5 x 48 Inches 
acrylic on linen
Doug Robinson - Van Art Gal - click for larger image

Van Art Gal
27.5 x 44.25 Inches 
acrylic on linen
Doug Robinson - Fat Guy - click for larger image

Fat Guy
27.5 x 44.25 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
Doug Robinson - Tilt A Whirl - click for larger image

Tilt A Whirl
34 x 42 Inches 
acrylic on linen
Doug Robinson - Violence Between Consenting Adults - click for larger image

Violence Between Consenting Adults
44.25 x 27.5 Inches 
acrylic on linen
Doug Robinson - Pork & Rabbit - click for larger image

Pork & Rabbit
44.25 x 27.5 Inches 
acrylic on linen
Doug Robinson - Cowheeler Supreme - click for larger image

Cowheeler Supreme
48 x 77.5 Inches 
acrylic on linen
Exhibited at Artropolis 2001, and the B.C.Festival of the Arts, Robinson’s “Cowheeler Supreme”
is a wryly conceived portrait of a young woman smoking click here for more...
Doug Robinson - Annie O'Brian - click for larger image

Annie O'Brian
77.5 x 48 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
Doug Robinson - The Olympians - click for larger image

The Olympians
58 x 94 Inches 
acrylic on cotton
Doug Robinson - End of the Day - click for larger image

End of the Day
21 x 34 Inches 
acrylic on canvas
Doug Robinson - Dear Me - click for larger image

Dear Me
21 x 34 Inches 
acrylic on linen
Doug Robinson - Titian Formula - click for larger image

Titian Formula
42 x 34 Inches 
acrylic on linen
Please email the gallery to view more works by Doug Robinson.


Biography
Born in 1945 in Wolfville, NS, and raised in Noranda, Que, Doug Robinson began to paint at age 10.  He was always fascinated with mathematics and its paradoxes, and it was during his involvement in the Dome Show at the Vancouver Art Gallery in the early 1970's, that he was inspired to apply mathematical calculus to painting.  

Robinson was also intrigued as a child by the classical Greek pictorial ratio known as the Golden Section and he began to apply it directly to his work.  Fully taken by the rigour of arranging his compositions mathematically , he later extended his analytic process to the use and understanding of colour.

Doug Robinson's work has been critically reviewed in several issues of the visual arts magazine, Artichoke.


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