‘Robertson is an artist who has a very sophisticated approach to painting, interested in observation, but also in  
what representational painting means – its limits and complexities' - Dr Sally Quin
‘Robertson is an artist who has a very sophisticated approach to painting, interested in observation, but also in what representational painting means – its limits and complexities - Dr Sally Quin
Kevin Robertson was born in 1964 in Norseman, a town 725 kilometres east of Perth in the Goldfields region of western Australia, on the traditional lands of the Ngadju people. Norseman is the last major Western Australian locality passed through by travel on their journey to eastern Australia, across the world's limestone plateau, the Nullabor Plain. Living in the Goldfields fuelled Robertson's childhood imagination and created vivid memories of the environment. 

Reflecting on his lifetime painting in 2022, Robertson stated: 'I am lucky that through painting I found a meaningful way to process my experience, to think about the culture I am immersed in and to dream about the future.' 

"In 2022 Robertson is returning to depictions of the figure in domestic interiors, in images that are markedly different from the early works on this theme painted in the 1980s. It is too soon to tell all the directions these worlds might take, but the return to the figure is a reminder that a life lived observing, imagining and representing human experience through the painted image can develop its own momentum and forms, that change as the artist's perceptions change, and that also produces new perceptions of reality, made tangible in paint on canvas."
- Dr Sally Quin

Kevin Robertson studied painting at the Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University), graduating with a BA in 1984. He was awarded a Master of Arts from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 1992 and a Doctorate from Curtin University in 2018.

Kevin Robertson's work is represented in many public and private collections including Artbank, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Wesfarmers, Bankwest, The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Kerry Stokes Collection, Janet Holmes à Court Collection, Parliament House, Canberra.

St Patrick's Basilica, violet, 2023, oil on canvas, 71.2 x 51.3cm 
TEN at Holmes at Court Gallery, Vasse Felix 
Now open in Margaret River is TEN, a group exhibition which are celebrated Art Collective WA’s first decade of operation and the achievements of our 36 member artists. 
This group exhibition of all new works including painting, sculpture and photography by many of the state's most significant artists, showcasing the richness of contemporary art practice in Western Australia. 
The exhibition continues till 21 January 2024.
Kevin Robertson Paintings 1984-2022 
The latest publication from the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery features insight into Kevin Robertson's practice from curator, Sally Quin.
Kevin Robertson: Paintings 1984-2022 
10 September – 10 December 2022 
The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery 
This retrospective exhibition traces the artistic development of Western Australian artist Kevin Robertson from the mid-1980s to the present day. Robertson began his career amid a resurgence interest of in the medium of painting and, more, particularly figurative painting, in Perth and internationally. In the 1980s the artist formed part of a local group known as the Oddfellows who worked in the tradition of narrative realism, within the context of postmodernity and its eclectic range of possibilities. Over four decades Robertson’s painting practice has continued to evolve – utilising traditional aspects of the craft; while contemplating limits the representation, and proposing new ways of visualising the world in all its mystery.

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