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Robin Eley

Robin Eley is a painter based in Los Angeles, USA

 

b. 1978

Robin was a  finalist in the 2012 Archibald Prize, Highly Commended in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize in 2010 and 2011, and a finalist in the Eutick Memorial Still Life Prize in 2010.

In 2010 Eley transitioned from a highly successful career as a professional illustrator to that of studio artist. He has recently included in a group exhibition at the Westmont Ridley- Tree Museum of Art in Santa Barbara, USA.

In an opposite methodology to that of Chuck Close, where tiny moments of abstraction coalesce into a cohesive and identifiable realist whole, Eley’s paintings start as a realist whole, factual in every detail, but are then rearranged in favor of abstraction, sacrifice, and loss. Each singular painting (oil on Dibond mounted on aluminum honeycomb panel) begins as two images side-by- side. This whole is broken down into 1 x 1 inch fragments, cut precisely with a CNC router to allow for a rearranging of the pictorial information. As the fragments are swapped between the images, an informational glitch is implied.

As digital information passes through various channels of density, dispersion, and re-assembly for upload and download, it takes the format of a net or web. There are concentrated nodes of information and tiny streams of information passing between them, but the web is identifiable collectively as a unit. The issue with this unit is its bulk, and the velocity of this bulk must be managed through compression. And through compression, we have loss, retaining only what is essential for any given task.

Eley’s paintings then go through the same scrutiny that has become entirely and inescapably ingrained in our everyday life. At what cost does this come? In our day and age, as much or more effort is directed toward engineering and designing our digital presence than our physical presence, which seems to be losing its wholeness in the same way a tiff is compressed into a jpeg, or a lossless audio file is delivered as an mp3. In this way Eley’s paintings are representative of the consequences of these digital phenomena on our physical existence.

Education

2005
Illustration Academy, Ringling School of Art and Design, Summer Program, Sarasota FL, USA

2004 
Illustration Academy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Summer Program, Richmond VA, USA

1997-2001
Westmont College, Santa Barbara CA, USA

Solo Exhibitions

2014
Prism, 101/Exhibit, Los Angeles, USA

2013
Idolatry, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide

2012
Singularity,  Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide

Group Exhibitions

2014
Contemporary Realism Biennial (Invitational Artist), Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana, USA
Side Project, Academy of Design Australia, Melbourne, Australia
Salon de Refusés (Juried Selection), S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2013
Koi No yokan, 101/exhibit, Los Angeles CA, USA
BMG first Look, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York NY, USA

2012
Archibald prize (Finalist), Art Gallery of NSW and touring regional Australia, Sydney, NSW
Journeys,  Ridley - Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, USA
Chinese Australia, Ausin Tung Gallery, Melbourne , Vic
Eutick Memorial Still Life Art Prize (Finalist), Coffs Harbour regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSW

2011
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, (Highly Commended), State Library of New South Wales and touring, Sydney NSW
Nora Heysen Centenary Art prize for Still Life (Finalist), Adelaide, SA

2010
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, (Runner Up), State Library of New South Wales and touring, Sydney,  NSW
Eutick Memorial Still Life Art Prize, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and touring, Coffs Harbour NSW
Royal South Australian Society of the Arts Spring Exhibition, Adelaide SA

Awards/Grants

2014
Contemporary Realism Biennial, Juror Invitational Merit Award

2012
Arts SA International Presentation Grant

2011
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Highly Commended

2010
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Runner Up
RSASA Star Portraits Winner

2008
Rip It Up /Emerging Artist Award

Collections
2012
Ridley-Museum of Art, Santa Barbara CA, USA

Professional Appointments
2012
Director, The Art Academy, South Australia
Mentor, Jump Mentoring Program, Australia Council for the Arts
Lecturer part-time, Visual Communications, University of South Australia

Robin Eley

On this weird cultural fence / I should stick with synthetic colours


Oil on dibond, epoxy and aluminium honeycomb panel

76 x 60 cm

2016

$14,500

Robin Eley

Everything comes before / A problem in mind


Oil on dibond, epoxy and aluminium honeycomb panel

76 x 60 cm

2016

$14,500

Robin Eley

It's paradise on one hand / Sort of weirdly postmodern


Oil on dibond, epoxy and aluminium honeycomb panel

76 x 60 cm

2016

$14,500

Robin Eley

Graven


Medium
oil on Belgian linen

Dimensions
50 cm x 41 cm
 

SOLD

Robin Eley

Devotion


Medium
oil on Belgian linen

Dimensions
50 cm x 41 cm
 

SOLD

Robin Eley

Immaculate


Medium
oil on Belgian linen

Dimensions
50 cm x 41 cm

 

SOLD

Robin Eley

Immersion


Medium
oil on Belgian linen

Dimensions
90 cm x 130 cm

SOLD

Robin Eley

Presence


Medium
oil on Belgian linen

Dimensions
85 cm x 64 cm
 

SOLD

Robin Eley

Recessional


Medium
oil on Belgian linen

Dimensions
60 cm x 60 cm
 

SOLD

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