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Signet Contemporary Art London

Ian Robinson

Born in Northumberland, Ian Robinson worked in the Oil & Gas Industry until moving to London in 2007 to study painting at Wimbledon College of Art. During a residency at Notting Hill’s Muse Gallery, the artist achieved his first solo show  in 2011. He is currently based in southeast London. 

Creating oil paintings inspired by people’s passions and their collections such as lovingly rendered and curated records, magazines, books and iconic objects. The artist’s milieu evokes nostalgia and are visually reminiscent of pop art. Ian’s imagery revels in the collected material found in museum collections, libraries, second hand shops, auctions, private collections and UK pop culture. Approaching the conflicts of the past and present, Ian’s paintings raise a dialogue that emphasises the way analogue subjects face replacement from newer, digital technology. Capturing a senses of wonder, his pieces have a retro aesthetic, focusing on analogue artefacts of the past. This shows an understanding of the unique stories and emotions that are tied to physical objects. His process involves extracting found objects from second-hand stores and car boot sales, incorporating everything from musical collectables to books. 

Paintings, prints, and drawings are available on enquiry.  Work is for sale with various online platforms such as Rise Art, Affordable Art fair, artfloor, Artrepublic (prints) , Artfully sorted, G&C Gallery, Signet contemporary, Saatchi Art and with Joanna Bryant projects. Ian had exhibited within the UK and internationally, as far as Barcelona. What’s more, in 2012 he was awarded the Bryant & Keeling painting prize from the Church Street Gallery in Great Missenden.

Selected solo exhibitions

  • 2021
    Retro Still-life, Ground level gallery, Shoreditch, London
  • 2012
    Guasch Coranty International Painting Prize, Sala Tecla Sala de l’ Hospitalet, Barcelona
  • 2012
    Collections, The Muse Gallery, Portobello Road, London

Selected group exhibitions

  • 2020
    New Lights Northern Art prize, Scarborough Art Gallery, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle. Bankside Gallery, London & Tullie House Museum, Carlisle.
  • 2019
    Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London
  • 2018
    Still life, G&C gallery Tunbridge Wells
  • 2018
    Derwent drawing prize, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London.
  • 2017
    ING Discerning eye, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London
  • 2017
    12 Hughes, HIx gallery, Shoreditch London