A Conversation with Jenny Robinson, exhibiting artist: Giants in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of Airships

Free with admission!

Jenny Robinson was raised in Borneo, and studied for her BFA in Printmaking in the United Kingdom. After moving to San Francisco in 2001, she became fascinated by structures displaying a sense of strength and energy, but ignored, threatened by the passage of time, to ultimate defeat by corrosion and decay. Her work is concerned with depicting how these giant structures appear, not through a sense of romantic yearning for the past, but by responding to location and documenting how they appear to her now, in the moment. The monoprint process enables her to create images that are drenched and heavy with dark ink. She uses deeply saturated colors and textures, not only to reveal the surfaces of the structures, but also to permeate the emptiness around them. The physical nature of, and energy involved in making large format monoprints imbues the work with the frank monumentality of its subject matter. Drawing is a crucial and integral part of her practice and this direct engagement enables her to emphasize the essence of the moment and stay true to the emotional reaction of that specific time and place. 

Robinson has exhibited widely, both nationally and abroad. Her work can be found in many collections, including the Library of Congress Graphic Arts Collection, Washington DC; The Achenbach Fine Print Collection, San Francisco; The British Arts Council Collection and The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK. She is an Artist in Residence at the Kala Institute of Art, Berkeley and a regular visiting artist at universities and presses throughout the United States. Robinson is a member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (RE) London and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society (LAPS).  Gallery representation includes: the Davidson Gallery, Seattle; Warnock Fine Arts, Palm Springs; Vertical Gallery, Chicago; Gallery 72, Omaha NE and the Kala Art Institute Gallery, Berkeley, CA.