RICHARD ROBLIN

 

1940—2022

Richard Roblin was born in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1940. Inspired by the vast prairie sky, Roblin pursued his vision of luminous clarity. As a young boy living in Southern Ontario, Richard developed a passion for drawing and was happiest when he was sketching in nature. The dynamic relationships in nature subsequently guided his intellect towards architecture and design.

 

Roblin's love of drawing and painting received early recognition and acknowledgment when his art was purchased by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts when he was 21. His journey as an artist brought him throughout North America, Europe, the Orient, and India. He has imbibed the teachings of many cultures.

 

His passion for creative activity extended through his practice of architecture, design, sculpture, and painting. Roblin's artworks are exhibited and collected widely through commercial galleries and museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

 

As Roblin explained: "I love to paint. The nature of my painting activities is to engage with the magical resonances of color and form. I play with the dynamics of luminosity to reveal the sense of joy that inspires it. My painting process is to begin by drawing with color a line or a shape. Everything that emerges is defined that primary impulse which is like the leap of a dancer onto life's stage. Suddenly, the canvas begins to light up. Each canvas is an open door, a dance circle, a symphony of breath breathing its life through the action of the artist. Each artist, an understudy of creation itself, re-enacts the birth of the universe."

 

Always a pioneer of consciousness and a technical innovator in the realms of art, Roblin enthusiastically explored his practice in his home and studio on Vancouver Island.