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Brian Robinson

Brian Robinson is of the Kala Lagaw Ya and Wuthathi language groups of the Torres Strait. Born on Waiben (Thursday Island) and now Cairns-based, Brian is known for his printmaking and public sculptures in which he uses a variety of techniques to produce bold, innovative and distinctive works.

Robinson’s work has contributed significantly to his home environs of Cairns through a number of major public art installations including his monumental and iconic stainless steel woven sculptures installed on the Cairns Esplanade in 2003.

Robinson’s art reflects the tropical marine environment surrounding Waiben (Thursday Island), in the Torres Strait, and the inhabitants of that environment. It is an essential part of his life and culture, imbued with the customs, traditions and lifestyles of the Torres Strait Islander peoples. The animals from ancestral stories and their presence today are also an integral feature of Robinson’s work.

His work has featured in many exhibitions nationally and overseas, including in Berlin, Noumea, Washington DC and New York City. Brian’s work is held in major collections including National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; National Museum of Australia; the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Noumea, New Caledonia; the Australian National Maritime Museum; and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Virginia, USA. Robinson’s public art commissions are handled exclusively through Onespace.

Public art

Taba Naba – Australia, Oceania, Arts of the Sea People

Musée Océanographique de Monaco

Nunawading Community Hub

Nunawading, Victoria

Reef Recovery Project

Manta Ray Bay, Hook Island and Horseshoe Bay, Bowen, Queensland

Ephemera

The Strand, Townsville

News

Cross River Rail Station Art, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Tamika Grant-Iramu, Brian Robinson, Teho Ropeyarn

Onespace Directors John Stafford and Jodie Cox were very excited to attend the Cross River Rail Station Art launch on…

2023 Acquisitions — Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

We are thrilled to announce that the appeal was successful in supporting the acquisition of Robinson and Grant-Iramu’s collaborative work,…

2023 Acquisition — Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

Given his penchant for skilfully merging contemporary popular culture with rich cultural narratives and printmaking techniques, it is no surprise…

Brian Robinson – The Phantom: Off The Drawing Board at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

On the 17th of November the ‘Phantom: Off the Drawing Board’ at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery will open to…

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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters, culture, and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.