Colette Robbins

United States

Painting, Drawing

Colette Robbins
Colette Robbins
United States
September 30, 2015
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Colette Robbins is an American artist, born in St. Louis, a city in the U.S. state of Missouri. Her work is influenced by her interest in human psychology, memory, and The Rorschach test.

The medium in which Collete works is often somewhere between drawing and painting. She creates her works by using a technique inspired by the glaze painting of the Old Masters. Robbins diligently layers graphite washes, and when the surface dries, she erases or sands the painting in order to create more highlights and details.

She works center around the archetypal symbols and the Rorschach inspired inkblot shapes, which she uses as a format for the universal landscapes. Her images focus on remnants of the figure and remains that survive, leaving the viewers to wonder who has abandoned those objects or fossils and what should be done with them.

Colette Robbins received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 2003, and four years later, earned her Master of Fine Arts from Parsons, The New School of Design in New York City in 2007.

Collete Robbins has taught at Hofstra University, Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Parsons, the New School for Design in New York City. Her art has been included in numerous renowed magazines and received several awards. The artist has been exhibiting her works worldwide, but mostly in the United States, since 2003.

She cares about animal welfare, environment, human rights, economic empowerment and health.

Colette Robbins is currently based in Queens, NYC.

Portrait photo credits – Kristy Leibowitz

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015ForthcomingKirk Hopper Gallery, Dallas, TX
2015SOME/TIME/SALONSan Francisco, CA
2014NEW/IDOLSThe Varsity, Studio 301, NYC
2014Wanderers above a sea of smog Katrina Van Tassel Projects, NYC
2014For the Time BeingKoki Arts, Tokyo, Japan
2014Exquisite CorpseMASS, Austin, TX
2014Koi No Yokan II101 Exhibit, LA, CA
2014RelicISE Cultural Foundation, NYC
2014The Human Extensionthe Lodge Gallery, NYC
2013Location, LocationBrooklyn, NYC
2013Thanks Curated By Adam Parker SmithLu Magnus Gallery, NYC
2013Two Person Pop Up, Keri Oldham and Colette RobbinsField Projects, NYC
2013Desaturated Rainbow Field Projects Gallery, NYC
2013Dead in August on the LILACOrganized by Site 95, NYC
2013Desaturated Rainbow Kopeikin Gallery, LA
2013Strange Landscapes One Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY
2013MICA Pairs92Y Tribeca, NYC
2012Fools GoldRH Gallery, NYC
2012Earth Works: Ten artists on Land and IndustryP.P.O.W. Gallery, NYC
2012Portrait of a GenerationThe Hole, NYC
2012We Have Relocated to Our New LocationPicture Farm, NYC
2011The Living RoomField Projects, NYC
2011CollapseRH Gallery, NYC
2011Liminal StepArt Connects, NYC
2011What WorksNYC
2011A dessert in the Ocean, A View from Cill RialaigLeslie Heller Workspace, NYC
2011Fe sadKleio Projects, NYC
2011Discrete PowerJudson Memorial Church, NYC
2011Single FareSloan Fine Art, NYC
2011Hybrid Life FormsBrooklyn, NYC
2010Parlour #19Sienna, Italy
2010Fools Gold FarmRH Gallery, NYC
2010See You In SeptemberParlour #18, NYC
2010FragmentsParlour #17, NYC
2010Nice to Meet YouSloan Fine Art, NYC
2010Single FareBrooklyn, NYC
2010Two’s CompanyParlour #13, NYC
2009InfernoYaupetec, Mexico City, Mexico
2009Two Person: Colette Robbins and Dean Goelz92 Y, NYC
2009Forever SummerPlatfom Space at Denise Bibro Gallery, NYC
2009First Friday Silent Auction, Like the SpiceBrooklyn, NY
2009Watery GraveParlour #6, NYC
2008Conceptual FiguresDeitch Projects, NYC
2008Some Friends of MineFort Gondo, St. Louis, MO
2007MFA Thesis ShowCaelum Gallery, NYC
2007Slow DanceHeidi Cho Gallery, NYC
2006Triple ExposurePlatform Gallery, Manitoba, Canada
2006Drawing ShowMFA Gallery Space, NYC
2003Hot PicksBaltimore, MD
2003Group ExhibitionH.Lewis Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2002CACCenter for Art and Culture, Aix En Provence, France