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Radically Different Landscapes – the new art of Robin Alexander Elliott

Radically Different Landscapes, by Robin Alexander Elliott

09 Mar 2020


After nearly 60 years in the comfort zone, painting and perfecting great representational art, admired by collectors across the world, Robin Alexander Elliott has changed direction.

Still using the skill of the brush and palette first learnt under the tutelage of the great Frank Auerbach, Robin has looked at the landscape differently and created stunning vistas. No longer does the oilpaint portray what the eye can see, now it creates the essence of the landscapes; using bold line, complex patterns, geometric shapes and a mastery of  colour, only possible after years of practising, Robin portrays the world anew.

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery are delighted to be able to showcase this work in the powerful stunning exhibition Radically Different Landscapes – the new art of Robin Alexander Elliott which runs from 21 March, when people can meet the artist from 12-3pm, until 23 May 2020.

As Robin explained, this new direction is not about being different, for difference’s sake. It is not about creating a shock, more about viewing it through a different lens, but still using the mastery of the brush to portray it. As Robin writes the, “concepts shifted dramatically from Traditional Landscape works to these new inspired architectural, regional scenes. These works are simplified executions of nature and refined representations that express a deep personal response to the terrain and wonders of natural world.”

Drawing inspiration from Portugal and the landscape of Sussex and Kent the paintings portray scenes of everyday life through a new prism, from The Tawney owl Barn, to The Golden Eagle plays the waiting game, or Thistles in Alcaria Val de Vaca Algarve all show a changed perspective. These works along with the other 30 paintings on display in the exhibition are a testament to the ability of an outstanding artist, who knows his craft, to change at an age when official retirement was a distant memory.

Radically Different Landscapes – the new art of Robin Alexander Elliott is an amazing powerful and uplifting exhibition that demands your time wandering and admiring the creativity of an artist who lived through World War Two and is still going strong today.

Radically Different Landscapes – the new art of Robin Alexander Elliott. At Horsham Museum & Art Gallery runs from 21 March, when people can meet the artist from 12-3pm, until 23 May 2020