My primary practice is drawing regardless of the support, canvas or paper, on which I draw a line or make a mark. I merge influences from landscape, music, literature and personal history, drawing attention, through repetition and process, to the parallels between different art forms. My Irish heritage and love of Ireland's landscape has had a profound influence on my work. Formally, the exploitation of spatial depth though line and tone is crucial. I make drawings that hint at ephemeral moments, grasp at half memories of glimpsed horizons, distant piano notes or the faint echo of words read aloud. The starting point for my work is invariably visual. Observational landscape studies lead to abstract work which references diverse interests from Irish and French landscapes, to John Cage, J.S. Bach, string and piano music and the writings of Alain Robbe-Grillet and others.
Fiona Robinson studied in London, Oxford and Portsmouth. BA Hons. Fine Art and History of Art (Oxford Brooks University) MA Fine Art (University of Portsmouth) and worked at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London and Bath Academy of Art whilst it was still at Corsham. Recent exhibition credits include the RWA 2005-09 & 2011-12; Masters and Pelavin, New York, 2011; Truman State University Art Gallery Missouri, 2009; Drawing Room II RWA, 2009; Kosovo International Drawing Biennale, Prishtina 2008; Bournemouth University Art Loan Collection, 2007/08; Vth International Biennale of Drawing Pilsen, Czech Republic, 2006. Her work is held in private and public collections worldwide including, The Polish Art Foundation, Melbourne, AUS, The University of Bath, UK, The Cill Rialaig Project Dublin, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Co. Mayo, The Golder Thompson Collection, UK. Awards include: RWA, Excellence in Drawing Prize 2011; University of Bath Painting Prize 2007; 4th International Biennale of Drawing, Melbourne, Third Prize, Australia 2007; The Brabcombe Award, Highly Commended, 2008. She has had solo exhibitions at Bridport Arts Centre, The Lighthouse Poole, The Study Gallery of Modern Art Poole, New Greenham Arts and Havant Arts Centre. Her work has been selected for numerous opens in the UK, Europe and the United States and was short listed for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012; its predecessor, The Cheltenham Drawing Prize 1998; The Sketch Drawing Prize 2005 & 2011, The Milton Keynes Fringe Painting Prize 2008 and The Indigo Prize Liverpool 2004. She was awarded a Fellowship at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Co. Mayo, Ireland in 2010 and has completed three residencies with the Cill Rialaig Project in Co. Kerry.