Developing and evolving his traditional techniques of landscape painting Robin’s art shifted dramatically from traditional landscape works to these new inspired architectural, regional scenes. These works are simplified executions of nature and refined representations that express a deep personal response to the terrain and the wonders of nature. It is a truly inspirational show that reveals an artist at the top of his profession.
After nearly 60 years in the comfort zone, painting and perfecting great representational art, admired by collectors across the world, Robin Alexander Elliott has changed direction. Still using the skill of the brush and palette first learnt under the tutelage of the great Frank Auerbach, Robin has looked at the landscape differently and created stunning vistas. No longer does the oilpaint portray what the eye can see, now it creates the essence of the landscapes; using bold line, complex patterns, geometric shapes and a mastery of colour, only possible after years of practising, Robin portrays the world anew.
As Robin explained, this new direction is not about being different, for difference’s sake. It is not about creating a shock, more about viewing it through a different lens, but still using the mastery of the brush to portray it. As Robin writes the, “concepts shifted dramatically from Traditional Landscape works to these new inspired architectural, regional scenes. These works are simplified executions of nature and refined representations that express a deep personal response to the terrain and wonders of natural world.”
Drawing inspiration from Portugal and the landscape of Sussex and Kent the paintings portray scenes of everyday life through a new prism, from The Tawney owl Barn, to The Golden Eagle plays the waiting game, or Thistles in Alcaria Val de Vaca Algarve all show a changed perspective. These works along with the other 30 paintings on display in the exhibition are a testament to the ability of an outstanding artist, who knows his craft, to change at an age when official retirement was a distant memory.
Meet the artist from 12-3pm on Saturday 21 March.