Karen Robbie: A Personal Adventure
November 15th – December 17th 2013 – Upstairs Gallery
Picasso said it took him 4 years to paint like Raphael but a lifetime to paint like a child. Why are children’s drawings so good ? Is it because they convey a true essence of something in such simplicity? I sense some artists need to go back to that feeling of drawing like a child because nothing else satisfies. Everything else can feel contrived, laboured and dead. The viewer might look at it and think they could do that. It’s much harder than you think. It takes time and self belief. That self belief to know who you are and not to be burdened with conventional rules and conformity.
In my work I like to nurture a sense of simplicity. I’m inspired by artists like Cy Twombly, Joseph Beuys, Agnes Martin and Lucia Nogueira. My background is in painting and installation. I love to draw, paint, write, scribble, take photographs and collect stuff. I work on various projects at one time and go where the inspiration takes me. They are parts of my story. The work is intertwined in the past and now. Something that I want to honour and embrace.
I was born in Dundee, Scotland. I trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee and the Royal College of Art, London, where I lived and carried on making and exhibiting my art for 10 years. I then moved to Suffolk and then Herefordshire where I completed my training as a fully qualified Art and Design Teacher in 2005. Since 1986 my work has been included in group exhibitions throughout Britain and Ireland and has featured in two solo exhibitions in Flowers East Gallery, London. I now live and have my studio at home in Pontrhydygroes, Wales.