David Robinson


David Robinson demonstrates a great command of media and skill as a figurative sculptor. The artist's sculptures juxtapose themselves in urban architectural settings, demonstrating a modernistic approach to a very classical domain in art - the nude. Robinson holds deep reverence for imagery and symbolism and this, combined with his noteworthy skill, allows the viewer to participate in the allegorical through contemporary form.

These striking sculptures incorporate materials ranging from traditional bronze, iron, steel and silver to polymer-gypsum, cement and hydrostone and range from intimate to overwhelming in size. While Robinson's work is primarily figurative, he often adds psychological and mythological elements to his subjects through the use of strings and cables, which both connect and dissociate his figures from their environment and further describe the inherent tension that exists. Robinson's sculptures explore dichotomies such as gravity and flight, religion and secularism and individuality and mass culture. Through his artistry, he is able to bridge these massive discordances into single poetic gestures.

Of his practise Robinson states:"Whatever else can be said of it, figurative sculpture is an accessible receptacle of the human imagination. It is architecture with a human face and, as such, it is a germane reflection on the structure of the city. These works are to inhabit the city, where our own human presence is so often incidental to the larger visions that fuel its artifice. They are to project into the city a sense of place, connected not only by the bricks and mortar of urban infrastructure, but by the infrastructure of a human community without which a city is no place at all."

Education
1979            Fine Arts Program, Central Technical School, Toronto, ON
1982-85      Fine Arts Program, Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, BC
1985-87      Honours Graduate in Fine Arts, Sculpture Program, Ontario College of Art, Toronto, ON
1987-88      Teaching Assistant, Sculpture Program, Ontario College of Art, Toronto, ON
Solo Exhibitions
2013 Solo Exhibition, Duthie Gallery, Saltspring Island, BC
2012 Bridge, Lookout Gallery, Regent College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
          Terminal City Club, Vancouver, BC
2011 Corpus/Geist, Newzones Gallery, Calgary, AB
          David Robinson Recent Works, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009 Works on (in) Paper (working title) , Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB
2007 Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB
2006 Maquettes and Lesser Digressions, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB
2005 A Broken Beauty, Gordon College, Wenham, MA – (traveling)
          Precipitations, Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX
          Surface Tension, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB
2004 Device and Desire, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB
2003 Device and Desire, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB
2001 The Sculpture of David Robinson, Gallery Telpaz, Kanata, ON
2000 Interval, Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1999 On Holy Ground, Reflections On Biblical Images, Lookout Gallery, Regent College,
              University of British Columbia,Vancouver, BC
1998 Mass and Memory, Various Works by David Robinson, Bau Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1997 Inhabitants, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
1996 Makeshift Matter, Lookout Gallery, Regent College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
1993 Recent Work, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
          London Life Young Contemporaries, London Regional Art Gallery, London, ON (traveled)
Group Exhibitions
2009 Group Exhibit, TBA, Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX
2008 Group Exhibit, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 Newzones Gallery - David Robinson Recent Works
          The Art of Politics, Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX
2007 Inaugural Exhibition, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
          G’ddy up, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB
               “31”, Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX
2002 Exploring the Figure, Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver, BC
          Annual Group Exhibition, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2001     Four Sculptors, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB
          Annual Group Exhibition, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton, AB
          Myth Begotten Monuments, Ceperley House, Burnaby, BC
1998 Introductions, gallery artists, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB
              Metaxu, group exhibit, Amelia Douglas Gallery, New Westminster, BC
1997 Means and Ends, An Overview of the Sculpture of David Robinson, Evergreen Gallery, Coquitlam, BC
              Inhabitants, Vancouver Installations: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Heritage Harbour,
              Pacific Cinemateque Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, Burrard Bridge, Vancouver, BC
1996     H x W x D, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1995 Group Figurative Show, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1994 Work in Progress, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
          Window Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1993     Three Sculptors, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1992 Small Works, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1991 Exalted Humans, Recent Sculpture by David Robinson, Lookout Gallery, Regent College,
              University of British Columbia,Vancouver, BC
Awards
1993 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Montreal, PQ, Grant
1987 Samuel Lazar Kagan Award for Fourth-Year Sculpture, OCA, Toronto, Ontario
1986 Samuel Lazar Kagan Award for Third-Year Sculpture, OCA, Toronto, Ontario
1984 Second-Year Sculpture Award Scholarship, VCC and Fairey & Co. Ltd., Vancouver, BC
1983 First-Year Sculpture Award Scholarships, VCC and Fairey & Co. Ltd., Vancouver, BC
Public and Corporate Collections
Armoury Studios, Vancouver, BC
BC Transmission Corp. Vancouver, BC
BC Turf Inc., Burnaby, BC
Catalyst Capital, Toronto, ON
Cates Hill Chapel, Bowen Island, BC
Charles W. Stockey Centre, Parry Sound, ON
City of New Westminster, New Westminster, BC
City of Richmond, Richmond, BC
Concordia University, Irvine, California
Copper Lion Capital, Vancouver, BC
Delta Land Development - Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, BC
Four Seasons Hotel Resort, Whistler, BC
Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, Vancouver BC
McAlpine and Associates, Vancouver, BC
McCulloch and Associates, Vancouver, BC
North America-Hotel Arts, Calgary, AB
Regent College, Vancouver, BC
Robinson Fraser Group, Toronto, ON
Ruloff Capital Corporation, Vancouver, BC
St. John's Church - Shaughnessy, Vancouver, BC
Toronto Dominion Bank, Calgary, AB
West Coast Reduction, Vancouver, BC