William Robinson: The Transfigured Landscape
Deborah Hart et al
Published to coincide with the artist's 75th birthday. They celebrate this important milestone and are a tribute to Robinson's unique perspective on the Australian landscape. The exhibition and book are launched by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce in April.
William Robinson: The Transfigured Landscape presents key works from Robinson's oeuvre, including an unparalleled selection of the his critically acclaimed 'Creation series'. An important aspect of the book was to reproduce many images on a large scale, so some series are presented across several pages and others are reproduced across the four gatefolds that are a feature of this book. Almost all the images are produced as full-page illustrations, and many have been specially rephotogaphed for this book.
Reproduced are all of Robinson's Archibald Prize winning portraits, and many of his domestic interiors and farmyard scenes, but the greatest emphasis is on presenting and discussing his extraordinary landscapes.
The images are integrated with the texts, and these have been written by curators and writers who have known the artist for an extended period. Dr Deborah Hart's lead essay is a revised and greatly expanded version of her 2001 essay in Queensland Art Gallery's Darkness & Light: The Art of William Robinson. David Malouf's essay has been slightly adapted from its first appearance as the Introduction to the exhibition catalogue William Robinson: Paintings and Pastels, published by Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane (2006). In their new essay, Desmond MacAulay and Bettina MacAulay explore the inter-relationships of painting and music in William Robinson's art, and the essays by Dr Michael Brand and Hannah Fink are slightly adapted from their first publication in Darkness & Light.