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Brian Robinson

Brian Robinson believes that he would eat art if he could.

"My drive as an artist is art itself," he says.

"As artists we see the world as how it should be and not as it is."

His ease at translating the environment and ancestral stories into visual form in exciting, visually stimulating and creative media can be seen from his earliest linocut prints, through to his prints, paintings and sculptures today.

Brian commenced art studies from 1992 to 1996 before commencing employment with Cairns Regional Gallery in 1997 as a trainee curator through the Museums Australia Curatorial Internship program.

In 2004, he completed internships with both the National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia and has since collaborated as co-curator on exhibitions with both institutions.

In 2006 he was appointed Exhibitions Manager and Deputy Director of Cairns Regional Gallery.

A position he held until the end of 2010, which then saw the commencement of his full-time arts career.

"I have a very supportive family, my wife Tanya and three children Amber, Raidon and Leonardo," says Brian.

His practice includes painting, printmaking, sculpture and design.

His sculptural practice steams from the discipline of constructivism, a style of sculpture based on carefully structured modules, which allow for intricate patterns of repetition.

"Printmaking on the other-hand (etching and linocut) is linear in composition and appearance," he says.

"The spirit and natural world are so intertwined that one influences the other, and is essential to the everyday existence of the Torres Strait Island people, their culture and their beliefs,"

Brian's work has contributed significantly to the environment of Cairns where he lives through a number of major public art installations, including his signature five stainless steel woven fish sculptures and fountain installed on the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon in 2003.

Brian says the support from his family plus his commitment and dedication to his work has allowed him to follow his dreams and he teaches this to his children and other young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

DESCRIPTION: Photo courtesy of Nathan Williams

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