William Robinson
'Springbrook with lifting fog' 1999
Purchased with funds from the Nerissa Johnson Bequest 1999

This painting came from one of my many walks to Goomoolahra and some of the surrounding bushland. It is a landscape based on knowledge of place, rather than specific description.

What I hope to give the viewers of this painting is the feeling that they are themselves surrounded by this light, gentle fog. If they are truly in the landscape, and not merely passers-by at a picture in a gallery, they should feel that there is a sensation of fog into which they have moved. They are then looking out of this mist to the light of the sea and sky to the left and front, to the sunlight filtering over the Tweed River to the right, and the clearing sunlit trees above and behind. I tried to reveal gentleness in the landscape, with trees emerging slowly and warmly in the sunlight. I have tried to find ways to include the viewer in the work -- to live in the vision itself. In earlier paintings, where I was struggling with the composition and the construction, I did not always satisfactorily grasp the atmosphere to capture the viewer.

I worked particularly on the three-dimensional construction of the clouds and their relationship to sun and sea. This area provides a window for moving out of the forest into luminous space.

William Robinson 2002

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002

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