Robin Richmond was born in Philadelphia in 1951. Ten years later her family moved permanently to Europe, settling in Rome where Robin was brought up in the Classical Renaissance tradition by American parents but educated at the British School. Her mother was a painter and her father originally an opera singer, and they remained expatriates for the rest of their lives with homes in Spain, Italy and London infusing Robin with a sense of the nomadic life, but paradoxically with a need to put down roots. Robin's work as a painter is very much about the spirit of place – her loosely abstract landscape paintings are resolutely site specific – and this quality is doubtless a result of childhood dislocation. Robin has dual British American citizenship but considers herself a European artist and though based in London, has owned a home and large studio in rural France for the last 25 years.
Before moving to London in 1969, where she was accepted at Chelsea School of Art, Robin studied with Renato Guttuso in Rome. Robin remained at Chelsea until 1974 when she obtained her B.A. Her teachers at Chelsea included Gillian Ayres, Prunella Clough, Howard Hodgkin, John Hoyland, Ken Kiff, Sean Scully and Euan Uglow. She completed an MA In the History of Art in 1975, concentrating on Renaissance studies, under Nicholas Wadley. She taught at many universities and art schools in the years following her graduation including Visiting Professorships at the Universities of California, Yale, and London and also at Camberwell School of Art. She is a fellow of Morse College, Yale University and has twice been Artist in Residence there. She also taught studio classes in many London Adult Education centres and wrote 5 highly acclaimed books on art, 3 for children, and 2 for adults. Since 1994 Robin has focused on her successful international painting career and has exhibited widely since 1976. Her work is in museum collections, and also in numerous corporate and private collections all over the world. In 2012 she was honoured with a French government sponsored retrospective at the Chateau d'Excideuil.
Click here to watch a video of the artist talking about her work (2011, 8 minutes).
Robin Richmond's most recent show at Curwen Gallery, Living Landscape, was held in March 2016. This was her 10th solo exhibition with the gallery, celebrating a twenty year-long creative association between artist and gallery. The publication of a stunning new book coincided with the exhibition, published by Curwen Gallery and designed by Associate Director Natalie Suggitt. Signed copies are available in the gallery and from our online bookstore.