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artist in focus: louise robinson

Louise Robinson is an inspiring creative working in mixed media whose work complements the theme of ‘connections’ in Collection Three. ​Her latest pieces, featuring intricately hand-painted 3D miniature figures, are a snapshot of how busy the streets used to be not so long ago, with a touch of humour, the unexplained or unexpected. Louise says this harks back to a vividly remembered event in early childhood when she believed she saw a tiny Borrowers-like couple scurrying away carrying treasures found in the garden (even though she had not yet heard of Mary Norton’s famous book). Like many of us, Louise feels her imagination offers an escape from the chaos of life. and with the peace that descended on us at the start of lockdown she spent her time creating these wonderful pieces

How do you describe your work?

My work is designed to stop time for a moment. I like to think my miniature hand-painted people and the worlds I create summon the viewer to a sense of stillness, and hopefully to delight in the tiny details we’re often too busy to notice

What would you say are your greatest influences?

I’ve always been attracted to the kitsch, the whimsical, the macabre, the sentimental, the magical and the humour within our world. Oh - and the tiny people I saw on a step when I was four years old…!

Who do you have in mind when you create your work?

I have us all in mind. Relationships, connections, emotions, rhythms, the struggles and the joys that humans navigate through life, generation after generation, century after century

What makes your art different, special and irresistible?

I feel that’s for the viewer to decide. I’ve learned that no art is truly new art. Every artist simply offers their own window on the world for you to look through. If my work moves somebody or offers a pleasing view, I’m happy for that synergy

What do people say when they see your portfolio? How does your art make them feel?

People seem to feel a child-like joy in the tiny scale of my art. There is something indefinable about the miniature that speaks to most of us

A bespoke piece that I made called “A Mother’s Love” reduced its recipient to tears of joy. You can imagine how wonderful that was for me

What do you think motivates people to buy your art? How does it appeal to the heart?

My little figures can be excellent conversation starters which people enjoy sharing a smile over. It isn’t every day that one experiences the juxtaposition of the giant and the tiny person within us all…


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