About Robyn Collier
Robyn 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 unraveling 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. In recent months she has been concentrating on an underwater series – having taken up snorkeling and purchased an underwater camera.
For the past thirteen 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.
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
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, London – and too many more to list.
The Great Outdoors
F.C.T.V. – Australian Lives
Denise Drysdale Show
Australian Guild Realist Artists
Humane Society International
Blue Mountains Conservation Society
Society of Mountains Artists
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)
Australian Artist Magazine 2017 – Special Feature – ‘Sharing an exploration on Canvas.’
Australian Artist Magazine February 2018 – ‘How to Travel with Oils’
Blue Mountains Life Magazine – December 2017. ‘The Lost Burragorang Valley’
Hard Cover Book – ‘ Paintings from Burragorang the Lost Valley’ 2017
Australian Artist Magazine – Creating an Adventurous Art Life – April 2019
2015 CERTIFICATE 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
1988 1st PRIZE PENRITH SHOW
1987 MAJOR AWARD BLACKHEATH RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL
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)
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 –
2014 LOST BEAR GALLERY – ‘THE HIDDEN LANDSCAPE.’
2016 LOST BEAR GALLERY – ‘WILD’
2018 BURRAGORANG THE LOST VALLEY’. – Sell-Out.
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
2014-2015 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
2018 PLEIN AIR PAINTING HOLIDAY FOR TRAVELRITE INTERNATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ARTIST MAGAZINE – Kangaroo Island and Flinders Ranges.
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.