Centre College alumni Emil Robinson ’03 (pictured above) and John Norris ’00 recently had their artwork displayed in the Christoffer Egelund Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark.
“I have displayed my work extensively for the last 10 years or so, but this particular opportunity was a result of being invited by the Christoffer Egelund Gallery through email,” Robinson said. “Christoffer first saw my work on Instagram, of all places.”
Robinson’s paintings on display are part of a series titles “Ecstatic Spaces,” which represent and were inspired by various sources from his own experience and art history.
“My wife, artist Catherine Richards, and I lead study abroad trips in Italy over the summers,” he said. “On these trips, I get a chance to study the religious paintings adorning the interiors of worship spaces. The frescoes painted directly on the architecture are especially exciting to me.
“My own paintings take advantage of simple architectural design to showcase playful and psychologically rich compositions,” he continued. “I utilize bright colors and kinetic forms to activate what are essentially abstract landscapes.”
Robinson explained how it has been a wonderful experience sharing his artwork in Copenhagen and feels that people responded differently there than if they were displayed in the U.S.
“It was a shot of confidence to find that someone in a different part of the world thinks my paintings are relevant,” he added.
Now an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Design Art Architecture and Planning, Robinson has been pursuing an art career ever since he studied under Sheldon Tapley and Judith Pointer Jia, both H.W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill professors of art.
“The painting and drawing faculty at Centre gave me the confidence I need to pursue success in my field,” Robinson concluded. “Both as an artist and professor, I was fortified by my experience at Centre.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
January 25, 2018