Approved: 28.09.2013

Katya Robin

Artist

Approved: 28.09.2013

I do paintings and drawings of cleaners and cleaning using austerity as a methodology.  The motifs are derived from covert sketching in hospitals and developed from promotional photos. I use  succinct gestural marks  and limited palettes drawn from institutional decor and staff uniforms. I actively omit naturalistic flesh colours, portraying the people as literally part of the background.

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    I do paintings and drawings of cleaners and cleaning using austerity as a methodology.  The motifs are derived from covert sketching in hospitals and developed from promotional photos. I use  succinct gestural marks  and limited palettes drawn from institutional decor and staff uniforms. I actively omit naturalistic flesh colours, portraying the people as literally part of the background.

    The works are part social observation but also an allegory of painting and drawing (i.e. making marks).   The brushstrokes echo the cleaning actions of swiping and scrubbing. The cleaner is shown as an archetype and as a stand-in for the artist.

    I have a Painting B.A. from St Martin’s School of Art, and a Fine Art M.A. (distinction) from Sheffield Hallam. My artist’s books hare held in collections in the UK, EU and USA. I am reinvigorating  my main practice as a painter with  online mentoring  from Turps Art School Correspondence Course. My practice is supported by an DYCP awardArts Council England, a-n Professional Development Bursary and YVAN MicroGrant

     

    CV & Education

    Katya Robin | b.1964 UK 

    www.instagram.com/katya.robin/ | www.KatyaRobinStudio.co.uk 

    contact: KatyaRobinStudio@gmail.com  

    Selected Exhibitions

    2019
    PAINT 2019, PS Mirabel, Manchester UK
    MICRO, Air Gallery, Altrincham UK.
    Prosaic - painting survey, curated by Sean Williams & Bryan Eccleshall. Coterie Gallery, Rotherham UK 
    Art of Caring, St George's Hospital, London
    2018
    Self Actualisation, 2 person show with Lou Hazelwood, Bridlington Contemporary
    Loss & Lucidity, curated by Diana Ali,  Santa Ana, California, USA
    Artists Film event, Bridlington Contemporary
    The Floating Library, Minnesota
    2016     
    Kippenberger Challenge (7.45 Books), Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht; Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten Library, de Appel Library & Archive, Amsterdam
    Shoddy, Leeds, Batley
    COIN/ICON Penny Exchange, Museums Sheffield
    Midlands Open, Tarpey Gallery, Derby        
    Unity, Yorkshire Arts Space    
    The Floating Library, Minnesota, L.A.        
    Library Interventions: Sharon Kivland, Leeds Art College Library, Chelsea School of Art Library
    2015                                                                    
    2015 Hexopolis (solo), Pages Exhibition, Tetley, Leeds
    The Editions II, Pages Exhibition, The  Tetley, Leeds
    The Floating Library, Minnesota
    Kaleid2015, Printmaking in the expanded field, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo 
    2014  
    The Editions I, Pages Exhibition, The  Tetley, Leeds
    The Floating Library, Minnesota
    The Reality of Small Differences, Leeds
    Engagement and Entrapment, Binyamin Gallery, Tel Aviv
    Fabricate, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield 
    Library Interventions: Sharon Kivland, Leeds College of Art & Design
    The Imaginary Museum, The Tetley, Leeds
    2013  
    Living Numbers, Fringe Arts Bath
    Klub Kube, LoBe, Berlin
    Art: Language: Location, Cambridge
    ArtLacuna Prize, London
    Out of Context, Bank St Art, Sheffield
    Contemporary Construction 1, CADS, Sheffield

    Bibliography
    Crawshaw, Hill, Shoddy Work, (essay in Ford, Sarah-Joy, Cut Cloth, PO Pub., 2017) p.104
    Clarke, Helen & Kivland, Sharon (eds), The Lost Diagrams of Walter Benjamin,  Ma Bibliotèque 2017, p.93
    The Book Arts Newsletter, Cover, issue 95, Bodman, Sarah (ed.) CFPR, 2015
    Sharon Kivland, Report on Knowledge, Ma Bibliotèque 2014, p.34-35
    Smith, Rachel, Out of Context: In Response, Lulu 2013, p.15, 31, 41, 55
    Walton, Madeleine, List 14, Art:Language:Location, 2013

    Collections
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas J Watson Library, USA
    Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, USA
    Yale Centre for British Art, USA
    Lafayette College, USA 
    Swarthmore College, USA
    The Floating Library, USA
    Oxford Brookes University Library
    The Tetley, Leeds
    TATE Library, Special Collections
    Chelsea College of Art, Special Collections
    Leeds College of Art, Special Collection
    Centre de livres d’artiste (CdLA), France

    Awards/Selections
    Self Reflection project supported by Arts Council England, 2018-9
    COIN/ICON Penny Exchange supported by Arts Council England, 2016-2018
    Kaleid2015, Artist’s Books Representation
    ArtLacuna Prize Shortlist, 2013

    Education
    Turps Art School, Correspondence Course, 2018-9
    MA (Distinction) Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University, 2011-14
    BA (Hons) Painting, St Martin’s School of Art, 1983-6
    Foundation, St Martin’s School of Art, 1983