News - An international tour of William Robinson: Genesis

6th March 2018

The QUT community in Washington and Paris had the unique opportunity to view the touring exhibition of renowned artist and QUT alumnus William Robinson AO.

Despite Robinson’s substantial oeuvre spanning five decades and being collected by the Metropolitan Museum, New York, as well as many private international collections, William Robinson: Genesis is the first major international exhibition of the artist, now aged 83.

Philanthropy has played a huge role in launching this exhibition, with generous support from the Meij Family Foundation, Dr Philip Bacon AM and Mr Stuart Purves AM, along with funding from the Federal and State Governments.

Arts Minister and QUT Alumnus Leeanne Enoch said that William Robinson’s contribution to the international profile of Queensland and to nurturing artists is to be commended.

“William Robinson is a true homegrown talent who taught and lectured in art right here in Brisbane, and has received global recognition for his original and distinctive style,”

As well as teaching in art, William Robinson AO and his wife Shirley are long-time supporters of the arts and have donated a large percentage of the 180 artworks currently held by the gallery at QUT Gardens Point, further illustrating the philanthropic foundations of the exhibition.

The exhibition itself brings together a selection of rarely seen works alongside those that have been exhibited more widely, allowing the viewer to clearly see the development of Robinson’s distinctive use of colour and the artist’s move towards the multidimensional perspective for which his large landscape paintings are so acclaimed.

Exhibited in Washington throughout November 2017 and France in January 2018, it will remain open in the Australian Embassy Paris until 28 March 2018.

Upon completing this successful international tour, the exhibition will be returning to Australia, where it will be exhibited in the Hamilton Art Gallery, Victoria from Thursday 24 May to 22 July and the S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney from Thursday 2 August to 7 October.

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