Artist from Olney has a double celebration as he prepares for city showcase

Edward Robinson
Edward Robinson

Artist Edward Robinson from Olney says he has two things to smile about.

The first is the birth of his grandson, James, five weeks ago.

The second is that he has had another painting accepted into the ING Discerning Eye exhibition 2018 which will be held at the Mall Galleries in London.

Edward said: “This year has been momentous. I am so delighted to be a gramps and I know James’ sister Beatrice will be a doting big sister. They’re still a bit too young for a trip to the exhibition at the Mall Galleries but I am encouraging them to appreciate my artwork.”

The ING Discerning Eye exhibition, which opens on November 15, is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world - two artists, two collectors and two critics. It provides an unusual opportunity for works by lesser-known artists to be hung alongside contributions from internationally recognised names.

Edward’s work features a limited palette to keep unity within the painting. He said: “Elements of an abstract nature emerge as a consequence of simplifying the subject with a variety of type effects, textures and a limited palette. Ideas will be triggered after on-the-spot expressive drawings are created to shape and simplify form.”

After completing a graphic design and illustration course at Great Yarmouth School of Art (now Norwich School of Art), Edward moved to London working for some of the leading design and advertising agencies. During his career Ed obtained several national and international design awards and became a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers.

Often choosing to draw the viewer in with directional light, Edward will translate the ambiance of a scene at a particular moment in time. Incorporating collage and mixed media as well as his key technique of manipulating printed type and newsprint to create an exciting interplay of textural effects.

Edward continues to be moved and exhilarated by his surroundings, still surprised by the combinations of shapes, colours and textures he sees before him. He is less preoccupied with a topographical correctness, he just prioritises on recreating what he has seen and his own emotional response to the subject. Edward arrives at a natural balance between the representational and the abstract.

Since becoming a professional artist Edward’s work is now held in private collections worldwide. His subjects include busy markets, urban scenes and seascapes.

Contact Edward on 07790 857567 or visit www.edrobinsonart.co.uk