ROBERT (ROBBIE) PERKINS  -  ARTIST

Henry Thomas Perkins

1920's schoolbook

age14

HISTORY

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Born:

Sydney, Australia.

Painted in W.A until 1967.

Traveled & painted on Seychelles Islands 67/68,

Italy, London 68/69

Melbourne 1970-2006

Byron Bay 2006-

Studied:

National Art School/East Sydney Technical College

Julian Ashton Art School – Sydney

Worked:

Newspaper Artist 

Fairfax Publishing Sydney

Graphic Designer

ABCTV Sydney

TV Set Design

ATN7 Sydney

Production Designer

and Art Director:

Crawford Productions

ABC TV Melb

Film & Television

Freelance

Stage Designer

Ballet & Opera

Book Illustrator

Reed Publishing

Heinemann

5-Mile Press

Exhibitions:

Contemporary Art Society - Sydney.

Claude Hotchkin Gallery - Perth, WA

New Grafton Gallery – London, U.K.

Fire Station Gallery - Perth, WA

Origin Gallery - Melbourne

Victorian Artist Society - Melbourne

W.A. Institute of Technology - Perth, WA

Qdos Gallery - Lorne, Victoria

Pirra Art Centre - Geelong, Victoria

Qdos Gallery - Lorne, Victoria

Harvest Gallery - Japan

Flinders Lane Gallery - Melbourne

The National Portrait Gallery – Canberra, ACT

Fitzroy Gallery - Melbourne

Qdos Gallery – Lorne, Victoria

Collections:

W.A. Art Gallery,

W.A. Institute Technology

Corporate & private collections:

Australia,

United Kingdom,

Italy, Japan & USA.

Lecturers included John Passmore, Douglas Dundas and at Julian Ashton Art School with

Cedric Gibbons.  Followed up with personal tuition in the Max Meldrum style from Sydney

painter Peter James.

At aged 17, first group exhibition was with The Contemporary Artist Society of Sydney.

1962 re-located to Western Australia and as a young painter, I was influenced by my

acquaintance with local painters,

Guy Grey Smith and Robert Juniper.

I regularly received ‘highly recommended’ mentions alongside Judy Cassab and Brett

Whitely for my entries in ‘The Helena Rubenstein Portrait Prize’.

For most of 1967/68 - In order to paint without influence I decided to live and paint in the

Seychelles Islands.

Following this, lived in the mountain village of Veroli in Italy and later in the U.K. where I

exhibited with the New Grafton Gallery (London).

On my return to Australia, held an exhibition of my works in Perth.

1970 arrived in Melbourne and on my 'Nude' series.

Followed by the ‘Gondwana’ Series during 1980 - 1990's at Flinders Lane Gallery

Since moved on to a series of ‘Primordial Landscapes’ shown at

Fitzroy Gallery and Qdos Gallery

Current works include:

Primordial Landscapes

Coastal Impressions

Commissioned Portraits of people and pets.

INSPIRATION:

The fabulously illustrated 1920's homework schoolbooks by my father Henry Thomas

Perkins (aged 14 years) was undoubtedly my original source of inspiration.

My themes have been as diverse as have my influences, from living on the Seychelles

Islands, a mountain village in Italy to the English countryside where I met the remarkable

English sculptor Henry Moore.

Inspirations for my series have varied from human emotions, Australian mythology and

childhood recollections to my latest series delving into the formation of our planet and

coastal impressions