Robinson writes: "Paint is clearly paint in this work, but is also so clearly a wet humming spring morning. Strange that these are dependent on one another. The effect is so convincing as to seem inevitable, as if oil paint is really just spring and mud and fog anyway, and any artist trying to create anything else with it is foolish."
Robinson says: "All painting is always an invention. Artists make decisions that build on one another until the reach something new. In the beginning, I always have ideas about how something will go. The only way the painting is ever successful is if it becomes something foreign to me. At the same time, it seems to gradually become right. I have to be careful to not rely on rendering the surface of things in my paintings instead of seeing larger movements, organizations or potential formal SURPRISES."
Sheldon Tapley reviews the exhibition Narrative Figuration at the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati on view through June 5, 2011.
Tapley notes that the five painters in the show, Robert Anderson, Daniel O'Connor, Tim Parsley, Emil Robinson and Tina Tammaro, have each committed to "a curiously old-fashioned choice: to keep making pictures by hand, using simple drawing materials, and a grand old medium, oil paint... these painters [also] devote themselves, at least in part, to another old practice: working from 'life.' To use the term invokes particular values: admiration of past accomplishments; identification of the human figure with beauty and meaning; the importance of carefully observing and depicting the visible world."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.