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Robinson & McMahon

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20130312160945-of_mono
of mono, 2013 Oil on Canvas 100 X 100 Cm
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mou os, 2013 Oil on Canvas 110 X 160 Cm
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The maiden and the maids, 2013 Oil on Canvas 110 X 160 Cm
20130312161408-portrait_of_tracy
Portrait of Tracy, 2012 Oil on Canvas 100 X 155 Cm
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Antares, 2013 Oil on Panel 20 X 20 Cm
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Altair, 2013 Oil on Panel 20 X 20 Cm
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Rigel, 2013 Oil on Panel 20 X 20 Cm
20130312164255-self_when_it_came
Self when it came, 2012 Oil on Panel 50 X 70 Cm
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
London
Birth year
2010
Lives in
London
Works in
London
Schools
Sir John Cass School of Art, London, 2011, BA Fine Art
Tags
collaboration of two artists, Lisa Norris Gallery, London, abstract
delmonte, a collaboration.

A collaboration of two artists who share a studio but not the same style of painting, we work jointly on the same canvas, our different methods of using paint combining to create atmospheric, abstract paintings.

Working to a basic starting formula, we are then subsequently guided by reaction and response, not imposing rules or process, and rarely discussing what each other plans to do until the very end when both decide if a work is finished or not.

Muted grounds create a sense of place where contrasting quick, bold actions, whether loud and jarring or a just a subtle intervention, bring to life a narrative, however ambiguous it may be. Sometimes these determined marks are obliterated but a finished work exists as a result of all marks made whether they are still seen or have just left a trace.

Our practice is a result of pushing different approaches in response to many mutual experiences - music, the landscape in and around London, the changing seascape of nearby coastal towns - making abstract paintings with diverse elements that create a visual disturbance amongst the stillness, a dissonant harmony.

“Disregarding the traditional idea that an oil painting is created by just the one painter, Helen McMahon and Jason Robinson create intensely atmospheric abstract paintings as a duet. With a formula that deems the process just as important as the outcome, one relies on the autonomous, reactive and interceptive deeds of the other. Painting on the same canvas, their separation of ideas and paint creates a togetherness in their works, a "harmonious tension" as they call it, which leaves the viewer questioning whether the painting might be a reference to a landscape, a figure, an experience or an emotion.”

Beautiful Crime 2012

Helen McMahon and Jason Robinson. We share a studio in North London.

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