‘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 travellers on their journey to eastern Australia, across the world's largest limestone plateau, the Nullabor Plain. Living in the Goldfields fuelled Robertson's childhood imagination and created vivid memories of the environment. - Dr Sally Quin, 'Kevin Robertson Paintings 1984 - 2022'

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." 

"Kevin Robertson has painted his way into Australian art history. He has done this through decades of experimentation with different colour palettes and painterly styles, with realism veering on abstraction and through picturing a wide variety of subjects – from domestic interiors, to empty landscapes and streetscapes, to the wider cosmos beyond.” - Dr Laetitia Wilson, 'Artist’s Chronicle', 2022

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.

To the Moon!
Image - Kevin Robertson, Waxing Gibbous Moon II, 2024, oil on linen, 91.5 x 91.5 cm, Collection of the artist 

To the Moon! explores our historical fascination with the Moon, showcasing the Museum of the Moon installation, created by world renowned artist Luke Jerram. 

Combining immersive lunar art with material from popular culture, Aboriginal culture, and planetary science, this exhibition explores the Moon as one of the great symbols of our culture. 

WA Museum Boola Bardip 
Perth Cultural Centre 

Tuesday 26 March 2024 – Monday 7 October 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. 

Featured Work
Image - Kevin RobertsonTower, Yokine  
2010, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 40.5 cm,  Collection of the artist

“The water tower depicted in Tower, Yokine, 2010, was found when Robertson was using Google Earth to scout for possible motifs. The artist was intrigued by an interesting shadow shape that he then traced to a large water tower situated on a hill close to Mount Yokine Reservoir. Built in 1950, the structure was of interest as an example of modernist engineering but also for its natural setting, being surrounded by large gum trees, in suburbia. Like Osborne Park Jazz this work is painted from a low viewpoint, but at even closer range, which accentuates the looming presence of the water tower. Cut off at the bottom of the picture plane, such that we cannot see where the structure meets the ground, the tower appears detached and strangely toylike: it towers over the tall gums as if levitating – incongruous considering its concrete bulk.” - Dr Sally Quin, 'Kevin Robertson Paintings 1984 - 2022' 

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Photography - All photos up to and including 2022 by Robert Frith/Acorn except “Glen Forrest Pool” and “Studio Allegory” by Bo Wong.  All other photos by Kevin Robertson.

Copyright 2024 Kevin Robertson. All Rights Reserved.
Kevin Robertson works in Boorloo/Perth and acknowledges the traditional owners of the land, the Wadjuk people of the Nyungar Nation and pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging.