Robin Wallace-Crabbe: A survey exhibition
Where: The Left Hand, 81 Lascelles Street, Braidwood
Opening: Saturday, 28 April 2018, 5.00 p.m. | Exhibition hours: 10.am to 5.00pm or by appointment | Exhibition Dates: Three weekends - or by appointment
- 28 & 29 April
- 5 & 6 May
- 12 & 13 May
Although his playfulness may never quite understand it, Robin turns eighty this year. That makes it over sixty years he has been making pictures. Ever since seeing a survey show of his work in the 1980s, I have argued that Robin is one of the best and most inventive artists in this country. His work is almost unique in its clear and unashamed debt to the art of the past—it has clear links to many of the concerns of pre-modernism, modernism and post-modernism (from Manet, through Matisse, to Kitaj)—combined with a fierce yet playful independence and inventiveness. This freedom from the tyranny of fashionableness is particularly admirable in any artist, and has allowed Robin to pursue his inherent interest in everything that comes within his orbit. His ability to employ traditional skills—he is an adept drawer, colourist and compositional inventor—is combined with a healthy irreverence for proscriptive ideas about what art should be.
For all these reasons, I'm especially pleased that Robin allowed his arm to be twisted far enough to agree to putting on this survey show. Included are paintings, drawings, etchings and linocuts (and a sculpture or two) from the 1960 through to this year. While the majority of the work is from the 1980s onwards, there are some examples of earlier work that help offer a fuller view of Robin's sustained engagement with the the special challenges of making visual images.
Please feel welcome to come to drinks from 5.00 on the first evening of the show, or just to drop in for a relaxed look when the gallery is less crowded.