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.


At Santa Fe Indian Market 2017, Blair took second prize for mixed-media contemporary sculpture for her wire horse head SKY DOG (War), H1 2017.

BIOGRAPHY

Blair Robbins

 

Creating art 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 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.  I always felt like a pioneer, unrooted and free, navigating my path forward with confidence and a joy for life.  My love for nature and the vast landscapes of the American West drew me to Seattle.

 

My studies focused on art and science.  I merged these passions as an independent filmmaker, focusing on nature.  I traveled the western park lands extensively, observing the landscapes, flora and fauna.  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 are composed primarily of wire and shadow, and my paintings feature mixed media as well as acrylic paint.  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 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).


My inspiration is intricately woven into my Osage roots.  A miraculous twist in my personal story sparked new direction in my art a few years ago 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.  Coming full circle with my roots and Osage heritage has imbued my art with a sense of joy and new stories.  My grandmother too was an artist.  Her life began on Osage land and she is now at rest there.  We are descendants of Chief Whitehair.  I was juried into the Santa Fe Indian Market 2016 and my proud father joined me at my booth.  For SFIM 2017, I created a series of wire  horse heads inspired by the Plains Indians who painted their horses with symbolism when engaging in war or embarking on a hunt.  I am pleased to announce that SKY DOG (War), H1 2017 earned the second place award for mixed-media contemporary Sculpture!



  

Blair Robbins and her father Frank (Bald Eagle) Kimball