'Australia: Defending The Ocean'
United Nations, New York / 5 - 30 June 2017

*'Ocean Guardian', 2017 - Artist Proof 2 - cast aluminium with carved mineral, 110cm wingspan x 155cm long x 10cm. (c)Photo-Luis Lim

'Charms to defeat the Kracken', 2015
98 x 59 cm, linocut printed in black ink from one block. Edition 1/20. (c)Photo Mick Richards

'Reef Guardian 1', 2017
70 x 100 cm, linocut printed in black ink from one block. Edition 1/20.(c) Photo Fany Saumure
'Feeding the family pets', 2017
45cm x 65cm, linocut printed in black ink from one block. Edition 1/20. (c)Photo: Fanny Saumure

Read Brian Robinsons's statement

Brian Robinson is a celebrated Indigenous artist of his generation, a leader in his field in Australia and his community and, in recent years, is developing a strong international reputation. His work is considered highly innovative, with a unique blend of the organic and manmade. It speaks to popular culture (for example drawing on the influence of Lego and Marvel comics) and to more traditional art historical concerns, but is also informed by his Torres Strait Islander heritage and familial experience. Robinson said, “My creations are seemingly incongruous concoctions where motifs and characters are co-opted into the spirit world of the Islander imagination, which are then intertwined with historical narrative, personal history and humour.”

Robinson has been recognised with awards and grants both within the arts and in a mainstream arena. He received the national Western Australian Indigenous Art Award in 2013 ($50,000). Earlier he was awarded an Arts and Culture Recognition Award from Cairns Corroboree (2001), was recognised with funding from the Australia Council (1998, 2003), and received Professional Development monies from Museums Australia (1997). His leadership has also been recognised outside his industry with the award of Young Australian of the Year (2000).

Robinson’s sculpture is also visible in the urban environment with high profile public art projects in many Australian cities, spanning Perth to Mackay. It has been acquired for the collections of national and state institutions in Australia, and is consistently supported when exhibited at commercial galleries.
In 2016 Robinson was one of six Australian Indigenous artists invited to participate in an international exhibition held at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco on the topical themes of oceans, biodiversity and environmental preservation. On this occasion, Robinson’s sculptural installation Malu Githalal, which used a traditional incised design (seen in Torres Strait Islander linoprints) over three colourful crabs, featured on the exterior of the Musée Océanographique. This image was broadcast, through the exhibition publicity, all over the world.

Also last year, Robinson was selected to develop the masterwork commission for the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef. This large public artwork will be sited on the mainland in Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, and offered an opportunity for Robinson to develop an extravagant aesthetic and gravitas, drawing international attention to the fragile environmental situation of the reef.

In 2017 Robinson will be included in the prestigious National Indigenous Art Triennial, hosted by the National Gallery of Australia (26 May to 10 September). He will create new work directed toward the exhibition theme, which acknowledges the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum (which resulted in the removal of Australian constitutional provisions that discriminated against Aboriginal people.

Robinson is represented by

Full exhibition's webpage

* 'Ocean Guardian': Brian Robinson has been commissioned by Tourism Tropical North Queensland to create a major iconic public artwork – The Citizens
Gateway – for the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef. The sculpture will be celebrated at an international launch on The Esplanade in
Cairns in the second half of 2017. The commission is primarily funded by the Cairns, Queensland and Australian Governments.
A version of the “Stingray” is featured at the United Nations headquarters exhibition in New York City.
The work is also available in editions of 5 for institutional and private collections.


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