Blair Robbins -- Artist  

Wire & Shadow Painting   Sculpture

Beginnings of a new work in wire

With a background that spans fine art to award-winning documentary films, Blair Robbins' work evokes motion imagery that brings to life her sculptures and paintings.


Blair Robbins


Creating art is and has been a constant in my life.  I grew up in a suburb of New York City where my early impressions were colored both by the natural beauty surrounding me in a coastal Connecticut town and the intense collage of a big city full of art -- a very different setting than that of my Osage grandmother on tribal lands in Oklahoma.  A defining moment in my life as a child was learning that I was adopted as an infant and was of Native American heritage on my father's side.  This sparked my curiosity which in time became fulfilled. 

            My love for nature and the vast landscapes of the American West drew me to Seattle, where my studies focused on art and science.  Working my way through college, it was not possible to fit in long studio classes by day, thus my focus shifted to science.   I graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a B.S. in Geological Sciences.  However, my heart was in art and I landed a position at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle.  My work involved dealing with the media and this inspired me to merge my passions for art and science through film.  As a self-taught filmmaker, I traveled the western park lands extensively, observing the landscapes, flora and fauna as I created films on nature and landscape stories.  My work earned twenty-four awards in national and international film festivals including CINE Golden Eagles, Telly Awards, and WorldFest Gold. My cinematography was represented by Energy Films in Los Angeles and New York City.  My film experience inspired my return to studio art. Looking through the camera lens, my senses were heightened as I marveled at the vivid colors and patterns of nature, its movements and rhythms, the play of light, the passage of time, the textures, smells, sounds, the characters and stories that emerged. 

            Today my passion is sculpting and painting.  My creative process in both mediums is freeform, improvisational.  My sculptures feature wire and shadow, as well as diverse media, including medical plaster bandage.  My paintings are composed of acrylic paint and also collage.  My artistic sensibility reflects the diversity of media that my hands have touched -- drawing, painting, figurative sculpture, photography, design, weaving, basketry, and cinematography.   I have always been highly visual, constantly analyzing the world in terms of color, line, shape, movement and rhythm.  I strive to integrate the poetry of motion into my art. 

            The focus of my wire art is contemporary portraits, human and animal, which I call 'wire personalities'.  With my hands, pliers and wire cutters, I create a three-dimensional drawing enveloping space.  Not until a piece is nearly finished do I cast light and look at its shadows.  I then tweak the dialog between three and two dimensions.  My aim is to capture the presence of my subject.  Character is not one expression, but a collage of changing expressions that project a sense of one's persona.  The expression of the shadow changes with positioning of the light source.  My wire art is in the collection of noted art dealer Molly Barnes (Los Angeles/New York).

            A miraculous twist in my personal story sparked a new direction in my art when I cracked the puzzle and found my birth father just after he was given only months to live.  We met and his health turned.  We enjoyed several years.  It was a joy to discover that my grandmother, who grew up on Osage lands and is buried there, was also an artist and like me, a sculptor and painter. Coming full circle with my roots and Osage heritage has imbued my art with a sense of joy and new stories.  I am proud to have been juried into the Santa Fe Indian Market these past three years.  In 2017, I was awarded second place in contemporary diverse media sculpture for my wire SKY DOG (War) H1.



Blair Robbins and her father Frank (Bald Eagle) Kimball