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The artist

Born in Brisbane in 1936, William Robinson is a celebrated contemporary landscape artist and portrait painter. After graduating in 1962 from Brisbane's Central Technical College, an early forerunner of QUT's Gardens Point Campus, he began a long and distinguished career teaching art at several of the University's predecessor institutions. Robinson left teaching in 1989 to work full time as an artist and since then his work has achieved national prominence. With the award of two of Australia's most prestigious art prizes – the Archibald Prize for portraiture in 1987 and 1995, and the Wynne prize for landscape painting in 1990 and 1996 – Robinson's career as an artist flourished. His extensive links with QUT as a student and senior arts educator were augmented by the award of an honorary doctorate from the University in 1998. In 2007 the artist was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his outstanding achievement and service to the arts.

Robinson is critically acclaimed for his striking compositions of south-east Queensland rainforests and seascapes of northern New South Wales. His work has changed the way we perceive the landscape through his distinctive, multi-viewpoint perspective. Robinson's work is represented in all major Australian public art museums as well as in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vatican Museums, Vatican City, and the British Museum, London.

A life in brief

Academic career

Awards

Public collections

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