Doug Robinson

Doug Robinson's work represents a playful merging between traditional painting and photo realism.  Robinson steers a course between mid 20th century modernism and his contemporary milieu.  Through deploying classical portrait geometry and optics his paintings generate an ironic play of underlying geometries that bring to presence scenes densely layered with conflicting narratives.

Robinson articulates the disconnected nature of our every day.  Consistent with post modern practices in the photographic arts, Robinson is guided by the discipline of deconstructing the strictures of both representationalism and formalism. 

Always aware of the larger historical lineage out of which painting has emerged, Robinson's works are systematically governed by a strength of line and classical techniques used in the ordering and manipulation of perception.  Both cerebrally and viscerally his work stands as an important contribution to the world of contemporary visual arts.

Born in 1945 in Wolfville, NS, and raised in Noranda, Que, Doug Robinson began to paint at age 10.  He was always fascinated with mathematics and its paradoxes, and it was during his involvement in the Dome Show at the Vancouver Art Gallery in the early 1970's, that he was inspired to apply mathematical calculus to painting.  

Robinson was also intrigued as a child by the classical Greek pictorial ratio known as the Golden Section and he began to apply it directly to his work.  Fully taken by the rigour of arranging his compositions mathematically , he later extended his analytic process to the use and understanding of colour.

Doug Robinson's work has been critically reviewed in several issues of the visual arts magazine, Artichoke.