Robin Richmond is a painter with an international reputation. Her work is in private, corporate and museum collections around the world.

December News

Since the success of my show last month, I am inspired to work on a larger scale and am preparing a polyptych of four large canvases (120 x 90 cm) which will be shown next year. They are an expansion of the four small Alta Garrotxa paintings which are now sold.  I am planning a trip in the New Year back to the Catalunyan Pyrenees. High up in the mountains this journey will be a source of many new paintings. I will need snow tires.

Three of my new works on paper are on display at the Bankside Gallery in the Mini Picture Show (9 Dec – 29 Jan 2023) from the Royal Watercolour Society to which I have recently been elected a full member.

Giclee Prints

For several years I have been working in France on a very successful giclee print collection – to order.
This process enables clients to have a bespoke reproduction of any work in my galleries. They are signed artists proofs. I have now found a London printer who produces high quality giclee prints to order, under my direct supervision, on 350 gram per square metre Hahnemuehle Matt etching paper. These prints are extremely accurate reproductions of the works and come in sizes ranging from A1 (594 x 841 mm) to B2 (500 x 797 mm) to A2 (420 x 594 mm) all the way down to A4. The prices range from £450 for an A1 print down to £250 for the smallest image. The prints can be posted internationally in a cardboard roll directly from the printer once I have signed off the print personally.

If you are interested in learning more, contact Robin.

November 2022 – Mineral Histories, Coningsby Gallery London

About this show:

My work has undergone a seismic shift since my last one person show, three long, difficult years ago. The pandemic led to a reassessment of my life, as it did for so many people. I have been a landscape painter for 40 years, and that is how I still see myself, but there has been a change in my working practice – how I make a painting. In a perverse and unpredictable way the pandemic was artistically liberating for me. No shows on the horizon with all planned exhibitions cancelled. No studio visits. No one looking over my shoulder. Just me in my studio, doing my lockdown walks on Highbury Fields and Hampstead Heath, digging in my garden and escaping, when possible, to my studio in rural France.
Before Covid turned the world to stone I had made a painting trip to Japan, where I was struck by the philosophy of wabi sabi, which celebrates imperfection and transience. This seemed particularly relevant to the world and to me. I began experimenting. I have always used handmade paper in my work, and with this I discovered a new way to fuse abstraction and narrative landscape. As a child brought up in Rome, I have had a long love affair with archaeology and mosaic, and I began to fuse paper shards of colour that I created in advance as though they were tesserae. Matisse’s cut-outs were also very much in my mind and Japanese kintsugi, the method of joining broken shards of ceramic with seams of gold, creating an imperfect but more meaningful object. I had brought back a stack of very precious gold leaf from Kanazawa, and I began to use this treasure to fuse my deliberately broken, torn, ripped and cut paper shards. I then started to paint over the whole image so the finished painting was more like assemblage than collage. My plan chest was stuffed with unfinished works on paper. I had everything I needed.
And one day, in a daze, I picked up a piece of bloodstone that I had chipped out from a hill side in Utah. It had nestled for years in a pile of rock, dried plants, bones and sea glass that occupies a corner of my studio. I suddenly saw that I had my subject matter. I had my material. It was all there. Mineral Histories. A meditation on the passage of Time. An excavation of memory. A celebration of the natural world. All old ideas for me, but now put together in an entirely new way.

Robin is working at the invitation of the Chelsea Physic Garden on a series of watercolours based on the garden through the seasons, which will be exhibited by the Royal Watercolour Society in 2023.