William Robinson (painter)
Robinson studied art at the Ballarat high school from 1955 to 1956. After graduating, he began working as an art instructor, eventually becoming head of the Painting Department at the Brisbane College of Advanced Education in 1982. In 1989 he retired to work full-time on his paintings.
He has won the Archibald Prize for portraiture twice: first in 1987 for Equestrian self portrait, then in 1995 for Self-portrait with stunned mullet. He has also won the Wynne Prize for landscape painting in 1990 (The rainforest) and 1996 (Creation landscape – earth and sea).
In 2009 Robinson was the subject of a documentary by filmmaker Catherine Hunter. "William Robinson: A Painter’s Journey" traces the places that have inspired the artist, from his early farmyard paintings to the majestic Creation Landscape series and most recently, the quiet still life paintings drawn from the intimate surrounds of his Brisbane house and garden.
In 2011, The Queensland University of Technology Art Museum curated a major retrospective exhibition William Robinson: The Transfigured Landscape which was opened by the Australian Governor General Quentin Bryce.
- William Robinson at the Queensland Art Gallery
- Equestrian self portrait, winner of the 1987 Archibald Prize
- Self-portrait with stunned mullet, winner of the 1995 Archibald Prize
- Creation landscape – earth and sea, winner of the 1996 Wynne Prize
- Grafico Topico's reviews of William Robinson's art
for Equestrian Self Portrait
for Self Portrait with Stunned Mullet