While the spectacular hinterland of South East Queensland has provided unparalleled inspiration for William Robinson’s work, the artist draws equally upon his imagination and his capacity to summon memories and visual impressions of places he has experienced. ‘Nature imagined’ offers a new understanding of William’s sophisticated vision of his lived environment, and how, while providing source material, the landscape is never a mere representation but an emblem of William’s world view.
Born in Brisbane, William is regarded as one of Australia’s most respected artists. Situated in Old Government House on QUT’s Gardens Point campus in Brisbane City, the William Robinson Gallery honours the life and work of this contemporary Australian artist and QUT alumnus, presenting annual exhibitions and producing publications and films.
As a contemporary landscape artist and portrait painter, William has been awarded some 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.