About Robyn Collier

robyn1Robyn is well known as a prominent Australian wilderness landscape and seascape painter of contemporary realism who started painting in the early 70’s – when traditional art was really taking off and Sydney Galleries were frequent and successful. Most of what she  has learned has been  learned from the observation of nature and constant hard work – being a self realised artist. Having spent many years painting en plein-air she then graduated to studio work and subjects requiring  more time and reference while still retaining the Alla-Prima technique. (Direct painting, wet-in-wet).

Robyn has bush walked extensively over her  40 year career as a visual artist and still walks several times a week. Her real love is traveling  to remote areas –  wilderness subjects and areas of difficult access being her special niche. Studio work by definition, can be very limiting in its inspiration if time  is not taken to absorb the energy of the natural world. Love of walking takes her to some very special and isolated places – most too long in distance to carry heavy painting gear –  enjoying the interpretation of special moments that only a camera can capture. The interplay of light and shadow or the unravelling of a complex pattern on water, the fleeting moment of a cliff turning purple in the late light, are all the type of moments difficult to capture convincingly without a camera at the ready. But it is the human element of re-composing  the subject and the interpretation of the image in a new way that creates a  painting over a photograph. As an artist Robyn is invigorated  by the challenge of the painting of more difficult and intimate subjects. However always mindful that it is a painting that she is creating she rarely relies on one photograph alone – which is the aid, not the end result.

For the past eleven years Robyn has been travelling round Australia and New Zealand tutoring workshops – a direction which is proving to be most fulfilling. Painting will always be her first love, but  feels enriched by being able to impart knowledge to others who are also enjoying the journey of art – something that has formed and enhanced her life beyond belief.

While photographs and digital prints adorn many modern-day walls, nothing, she feels, can take the place of an artists skill and interpretation in paint. It is this element that makes original art so special. Surely it is only this human creative element that can give rise to the the  feeling of awe and the comment  “How did they do that….?” And it is so true that art can change the way we feel.

REPRESENTED

LOST BEAR GALLERY        KATOOMBA      NSW                www.lostbeargallery.com.au

GALLERY BENEATH           MALLOOLOOBA  QLD             www.gallerybeneath.com.au

BEST FINE ART                     STIRLING  W.A.                         www.bestfineart.com

MORPETH GALLERY         MORPETH  NSW                        www.morpethgallery.com

 

 COLLECTIONS

Penrith A.H.&I Society Advisor to President George Bush

Sydney Water Sydney Ports

Barclays Bank Penrith City Council

P&O Resorts NSW Premiers Office – Neville Wran

Japanese Consul Societe Generale –French Bank

Prime Minister Haughey –Ireland P&O Australia

Great Southern Railways – Indian Pacific Nikki Lauder Collection

Cambridge University U.K. Jenolan Caves Resort

Private & Corporate collections worldwide including Australia, Japan, Germany, USA, Canada, U.K. Russia, France – too many to list.

 T.V.APPEARANCES

The Great Outdoors

F.C.T.V. – Australian Lives

Denise Drysdale Show

Sydney Weekenders

Compass

 MEMBERSHIPS:

Australian Guild Realist Artists

Humane Society International

Australian Conservation Foundation

Blue Mountains Conservation Society

Springwood Bushwalkers

Society of Mountains Artists

PUBLISHED

Australian Artist Magazine – November 1995, September 2000, December 2003, August 2010

Australian Artist Magazine Feb-March-April 2013 – three part series on  ‘Aspects of Water’

Artists Palette – No 10,

Katoomba Fine Art, Colour Catalogue – 2011 exhibition

Katoomba Fine Art Colour Catalogue – 2014  exhibition

Practique des Arts  – Quality french Magazine – Nov 2014.

Australian Artist Magazine – October 2015 (40 Years of Alla Prima Painting)

Australian Artist Magazine – November 2015 (Luminosity and Texture)

Creative Artist Magazine – November  (Some Form of Addiction and the Kimberley Eucalypts)

 AWARDS

2015 ERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION – AUSTRALIAN GUILD REALIST ARTISTS

2014  FINALIST- AAL COMPETITION – 4 PAINTINGS- AGRA.

2013  FINALIST- ARTIST MAGAZINE CHALLENGE NO 54.

2012 PACKING ROOM PRIZE – AGRA GOLD MEDALLION

2012  IST PRIZE-AUSTRALIAN GUILD REALIST ARTISTS AAL COMPETITION

2012  HIGHLY COMMENDED -AUSTRALIAN GUILD REALIST ARTISTS AAL COMPETITION

2012 COMMENDED-AUSTRALIAN GUILD REALIST ARTIST AAL COMPETITION

2010 2012 1ST PRIZE- AUSTRALIAN ARTIST MAGAZINE – SEASCAPES RIVERS AND LAKES

1ST PRIZE- AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS MAGAZINE ART PRIZE CHALLENGE N0 42. SEASCAPES RIVERS AND LAKES.

2010 COMMENDED- AUSTRALIAN GUILD REALIST ARTISTS AAL . COMPETITION.

2010 FINALIST- AUSTRALIAN GUILD REALIST ARTISTS AAL COMP. 4 TIMES

FINALIST WITH AUSTRALIAN ARTIST MAGAZINE ART CHALLENGE 3 TIMES

1993 1st PRIZE LANDSCAPE PENRITH SHOW

1991 1st PRIZE LANDSCAPE PENRITH SHOW

1990 1st PRIZE LANDSCAPE PENRITH SHOW

1989 1st PRIZE BLACKHEATH RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL ART

SHOW

1988 1st PRIZE PENRITH SHOW

1987 MAJOR AWARD BLACKHEATH RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL

ART SHOW

12 HIGHLY COMMENDED AT VARIOUS PENRITH SHOW’S

1985 1st PRIZE ANY MEDIUM PENRITH SHOW

1984 1stPRIZE LANDSCAPE PENRITH SHOW.

1st CASTLE HILL SHOW (abstract)

 EXHIBITIONS

1977 GEO STYLES GALLERY 1990 GEO STYLES GALLERY – Robyn Collier

1978 PROUDS ART GALLERY 1991 PAINTED MOON GALLERY

1979 COLLIER GALLERIES 1992 NORTH SHORE GALLERY

1980 COLLIER GALLERIES 1993 MT. TOMAH BOTANIC GARDENS

1984 RAINSFORD GALLERY 1995 NOELLA BYRNE GALLERY

1985 COLLIER GALLERIES 1996 BOYD GALLERY

1986 GEO STYLES GALLERY 1998 BOYD GALLERY

1987 COLLIER GALLERIES 2000 GAP BLUFF CENTRE WATSON’S BAY

1988 NORTH SHORE GALLERY 2002 2003 BOYD GALLERY

1989 MITCHELL GALLERY ll STATE LIBRARY 2005 BOYD GALLERY

2010 KATOOMBA FINE ART

2011 KATOOMBA FINE ART

2011 EXHIBITOR KWASS, SEOUL – KOREA 2012 INVITED EXHIBITOR WITH KWASS –

PARLIAMENT HOUSE

2014 LOST BEAR GALLERY – ‘THE HIDDEN LANDSCAPE.’

2016 LOST BEAR GALLERY – ‘WILD’

TUTORAGE AND RESIDENCIES

1998 COCONUT BEACH RAINFOREST RESORT – Artist in Residence

1999 HINCHINBROOK ISLAND RESORT – Artist in Residence

1994 ,1996, 1997, 2004 – Artist in Residence – AYERS ROCK RESORT

2003 4 DAY WORKSHOP TUTOR – Blackwater Qld.

2004 ART IN ACTION TUTOR – Kurrajong

2004 NEW ZEALAND ART SCHOOL TUTOR – New Zealand

2005 ART IN ACTION TUTOR – Kurrajong

2009 NEW ZEALAND ART SCHOOL – TUTOR – New Zealand

2009 ART IN ACTION TUTOR – Kurrajong

2009 JENOLAN CAVES RESORT – ARTIST IN RESIDENCE & TUTOR

2009 GREAT LAKES ART SOCIETY, TUTOR – Forster N.S.W

2010 MITCHELL COLLEGE OF ARTS, BATHURST – TUTOR

2011 MITCHELL COLLEGE OF ARTS, BATHURST – TUTOR. – WINTER & SUMMER

2012 ART IN ACTION TUTOR – KURRAJONG

2012 – 2013 MITCHELL COLLEGE OF ART – BATHURST – TUTOR

2013 ROYAL ART SOCIETY – SYDNEY.

2013 WORKSHOPS  –  MANDURAH AND BUNBURY W.A.

2013  WORKSHOP WALLABADAH

2014  VARIOUS  WORKSHOPS W.A. and NSW

2014  THE HIDDEN LANDSCAPE – LOST BEAR GALLERY

2014-2015 MITCHELL COLLEGE OF THE ARTS – BATHURST – TUTOR

2016  ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE on board the ECO ABROLHOS – KIMBERLEY COAST

2016  GUEST  on board ECO ABROLHOS – ABROLHOS ISLANDS

 

ROBYN HAS  HAD MANY ARTICLES PUBLISHED, JUDGED NUMEROUS ART SHOWS  OVER HER 40 YEAR PAINTING CAREER AND TRAVELS THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA TO CONDUCT WORKSHOPS.

Robyn has been Artist in Residence or the guest of many island resorts in order to paint including: LIZARD ISLAND, HERON ISLAND, SILKY OAKS RESORT in the Daintree, COCONUT BEACH RESORT, SAILS IN THE DESERT RESORT at Yulara, HINCHINBROOK ISLAND RESORT, CRADLE MOUNTAIN LODGE RESORT. SHE HAS ALSO PAINTED AT LORD HOWE ISLAND, FLINDERS ISLAND AND MARIA ISLAND.