Paddy Robinson

Paddy Robinson studied textile design at Brighton Art School in the sixties, later becoming a dress textile designer, and selling her work in England, Europe, and the United States, and lecturing on printed textiles at Middlesex Polytechnic, Chelsea Art School, and other art schools.

She took up painting after moving to the Welsh Borders, with her husband and two children in the late eighties, and exhibited at The Kilvert Gallery in Hay on Wye. In 2003 she moved to Gaucín where she paints full time from her top-floor studio, and teaches drawing and painting.

Interview with the artist:

How has your experience as a textile designer influenced your work?

I think it has influenced the strong use of pattern in my work, and the decorative quality it has. I like to paint much loved objects that I have collected over the years. I have a large collection of old china, particularly jugs and lots of textiles I have found on my travels in India and other places.

One of the advantages of becoming a designer before the onset of the digital age, is that it made me versatile at manipulating mediums whether oils water colour, gouache or acrylics, and at the time I went to art school we were taught to draw, and that has been a great benefit to me.

Where do you find inspiration?

A lot of my painting comes from my imagination, perhaps from a different part of my brain and I find that my dreams can be a fertile source of images, at least when I remember them!

I have always been very interested in pre-Christian and so called “primitive” art and the mythic qualities of them influence my imaginative painting. As Jung wrote, we all have race memories that go back 2 million years. “Nothing to which the psyche belongs or which is part of the psyche is ever lost”. As an artist I want to explore my imaginative world, dream the dream onwards, and give it a modern dress. Animals and birds and figures of women are part of this world  and appear often in my work.

Studio visits welcome by appointment

Address: Calle Los Bancos 41A
29480 Gaucín (Málaga)
Tel: +34 952 151 615 (Landline)