Fiona Robinson makes drawings in response to music. Her work is concerned with surface and the representation of space. Throughline, diverse media and erasure she explores the interaction between sound, physical spaces and mark-making. Her recent work prioritises: Debussy and Chopin’s piano music; Bach’s Cello Suites and John Cage’s works for prepared piano. Using the language of drawing she creates an equivalence of, a transcription of, music. It is not a system of notation or an alternative to a musical score to be re-interpreted, it is a response to the sound. Her drawings present a communication between composer and artist, a conversation between two practitioners, through the languages they use to express their ideas.
Robinson’s work is held in major collections including - The British Museum London; The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge; The Swindon Museum and Art Gallery; The Royal West of England Academy Bristol; The University of Bath; The Polish Art Foundation Melbourne Australia; The Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art Co. Mayo Rep. of Ireland.
She was awarded the Drawing Prize at the Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition, Bristol in 2011; First Prize in the University of Bath Painting Prize in 2007; and third prize at the 4th International Biennale of Drawing in Melbourne, Australia in 2007. She has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize; the Derwent Drawing Prize and the Cheltenham Drawing Prize.
Fiona Robinson was elected an Academician of the Royal West of England Academy Bristol (RWA) in 2013 and is currently President of the RWA (2019-) She is also an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Art, an Honorary Academician of the Royal Scottish Academy and an Honorary Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.