Iain Robinson studied art in Manchester: afterwards, he worked for a number of advertising agencies, where he learned to render photo-realistic images. He returned to sketching after he grew tired of ‘slavishly replicating something exactly’.
Robinson spent a year as artist in residence at the Clyde shipyards in Glasgow: his work took inspiration from the stories told to him by shipyard workers. Robinson states of his time in the shipyards that ‘there was the discipline of drawing something every day from the yard, then the harder challenge of distilling the experience into something meaningful in paint.’ Robinson currently resides in north Wales, where his work is influenced by the landscape of the region, in particular the abandoned slate quarries.
His work aims to engage the viewer emotionally: ‘I tend to assimilate imagery and a sense of place, then paint from within my emotions, rather than trying to produce a copy of the landscape that has been repeated endlessly.’