Brian Robinson

Brian Robinson is of the Kala Lagaw Ya and Wuthathi language groups of the Torres Strait. Born on Waiben (Thursday Island) and now Cairns-based, Brian is known for his printmaking and public sculptures in which he uses a variety of techniques to produce bold, innovative and distinctive works.

Robinson’s work has contributed significantly to his home environs of Cairns through a number of major public art installations including his monumental and iconic stainless steel woven sculptures installed on the Cairns Esplanade in 2003.

Robinson’s art reflects the tropical marine environment surrounding Waiben (Thursday Island), in the Torres Strait, and the inhabitants of that environment. It is an essential part of his life and culture, imbued with the customs, traditions and lifestyles of the Torres Strait Islander peoples. The animals from ancestral stories and their presence today are also an integral feature of Robinson’s work.

His work has featured in many exhibitions nationally and overseas, including in Berlin, Noumea, Washington DC and New York City. Brian’s work is held in major collections including National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; National Museum of Australia; the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Noumea, New Caledonia; the Australian National Maritime Museum; and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Virginia, USA.

Robinson’s public art commissions are handled exclusively through CREATIVEMOVE. For all other artwork commissions and sales, please contact his relevant gallery dealers in those States.

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Available Works

  • Brian Robinson, Ocean Guardian, 2017. Photo: Louis Lim

  • Brian Robinson, Woven Fish, 2003

  • Brian Robinson, prototype for Lady Cilento Children's Hospital

  • Brian Robinson Reef guardian 1 2017 linocut (unframed) 70.5cm x 100cm Ed. of 15

  • Brian Robinson A constructed view to the reef 2017 etching with embossed linocut (unframed) 50cm x 100cm Ed. of 50. Photo Louis Lim