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Brian Lennard Robinson


Clan: Maluyligal, Wuthathi and Dayak
Totem: Black Neck Stilt & Shark (Black Tip)

Brian Robinson received an Associate Diploma of Visual Arts and an Advanced Certificate in Visual Arts from the Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE, Cairns. Robinson then started work as a trainee curator at the Cairns Regional Gallery in 1997 through the Museum Australia Curatorial Internship program. In 2004 Robinson did internships with the National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia. He was then appointed the Exhibitions Manager and Deputy Director of Cairns Regional Gallery in 2006. In 2010 Robinson left his position at the Cairns Regional Gallery to work as a full time artist.

In 2013 Robinson won the Western Australian Indigenous Art Award as well as the People’s Choice Award at the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards. Over his career he has been chosen for art residencies including ones at the Shalini Ganendra Fine Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur; Shangri La, Cairns; Pymble Ladies College, Sydney; Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking, Cairns and Art ou Artifice Torres Strait Art Noumea, New Caledonia.

Robinson has had several solo exhibitions including ‘Malu Girel’, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns (2000); ‘men + GODS’, KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns (2012); ‘Brian Robinson’, Mossenson Galleries booth, Artstage Singapore (2014); ‘Zenadh Kes: Art is Life’, Shalini Ganandra Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur (2014); ‘Earthly Bound: Brain Robinson’, Mossenson Galleries. Perth (2015) and ‘Gods, Ghosts + Men: The Art of Brian Robinson’, Michael Reid, Sydney (2015).

Robinson has also been a part of national and international group exhibitions including ‘On the Edge’, touring Queensland and International tour to India (2009); ‘Performative Prints from the Torres Strait’, The Arts Centre, Melbourne (2013); ‘Chain Reaction’, Artisan Gallery, Brisbane (2013); ‘Solid: Queensland Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture’, CIAF 2014, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns (2014); ‘Here Right Now: A Powerful Regional Voice in our Democracy’, Regional Arts Australia, Old Parliament House, Canberra (2015).

Robinson works are held in significant national and international collections.