Artist Statement -

Debra Bretton Robinson
Artist Statement:
My paintings are inspired by the beauty and complexity of landscape forms both real and imagined. I use the subject of landscape to explore the edge between abstraction and representation with an emphasis on the expressive use of color. I believe color is the soul of a painting, often reflecting the tension between what is known and what is felt. Like the Abstract Expressionists, I am inspired by the act of painting itself and by the sensual articulation of color and form. I prefer acrylics and collage because of their potential for flat shapes and washes of color. When painting, I weave thin outlines around graphic shapes in a gestural bravado, drawing from a palette of uninhibited colors. In the end, my paintings are a symphonic consonance of lustrous hues and expressive forms; a harmony of abstract marks and recognizable imagery. I paint in my studio as well as in the field, the scale of my work ranging from small studies to much larger canvases. The Fauves, as well as The Seven, have played important roles in the development of my style. Favorite artists include Henri Matisse, William Henry Johnson, Tommy Thompson, Lawren Harris, Fairfield Porter and Alice Neel.

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Debra Bretton Robinson CV
121 Dunstable Rd,
Chelmsford, MA 01863

1991 Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Painting. Student of Kofi Kayiga and Paul Celli
1985-1987 New England School of Art and Design, Boston, MA
Major: Fashion Illustration/ Fine Art. Student of Audrey Goldstein and Arnold Trachtman
Related Education
2008 courses : History of Sound Art, Art in Revolution,
1994 Paper Making Workshop, Teachers Association, Baltimore, MD
1996 Mathematics in Art Workshop, Lesley College, Boston, MA

Awards and Grants
2006 Chelmsford Art Society, Annual Show, awarded honorable mention in collage category
2002 Massachusetts Cultural Council, grant awarded to paint "Portraits of Seniors" and to display this exhibit in Chelmsford, MA
2000 Snow Show 2000, Derry, NH, awarded 2nd place in the acrylics category

2005, 2007 Nashua Art Association, Nashua, NH taught workshops on collage to members
2005, 2007 Chelmsford Art Association, Chelmsford, MA taught workshops on collage to members
2004 Chelmsford Art Association,Chelmsford, MA taught workshop on acrylic portrait painting

Memberships and Affiliations
2001- present Chelmsford Art Society
board member, volunteer position, exhibits coordinator, artist member
responsibilities included: Jurying artwork, hanging shows, curating exhibits for several local gallery spaces.
2003-2009 Arts League of Lowell artist member
2009- present Western Avenue Studios, Lowell, MA

Featured Magazines/Interviews
2011 Classic Elite Yarns, annual brochure, artwork featured
2011 Good Morning Gloucester, online magazine, artwork and video interview featured
2011 Cape Ann Magazine, paintings featured in the Spring issue
2010 Good Morning Gloucester, online magazine, artwork featured
2008 Lowell Sun Newspaper, Steppin’ Out arts section interview by John Greenwald
2008 Adirondack Review, artwork featured
2008 The Poetry victims, guest artist
1999 It’s All About the Arts, Boston Neighborhood cable TV interview by Glenn Williams

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions
2011 Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, online representation
2011 Joncien Gallery, Rockport, MA, represented
2011 Alchemy Gallery, Gloucester, MA, “Out of the Cold”, one woman show, paintings of Cape Ann
2010 Your Documents Please, Traveling Group show exhibited in Mexico, Japan, Bratslava, and New York City
2010 The Sketchbook Project, Exhibiting artist’s sketchbooks at the Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NYC
2010 Jericho Project Art exhibit and sale benefitting the Jericho Project Fund, Concord, MA
2010 Children’s Hospital, Peabody MA on permanent exhibition
2009 Western Avenue Studios Gallery, Lowell, MA, “Dirty Smelly Noisy2” exhibit demonstrating that artists are able to be inspired and create despite working in such a “dirty, smelly and noisy” work space
2009 Art Festival, Manchester-by-the-sea, Manchester, MA, outdoor show
2008 119 Gallery, Lowell, MA Group show on “The Mask”
2007 ALL Gallery, Lowell, MA artist/writer collaboration project during Jack Kerouac month
2007 Distillery Gallery, South Boston, MA 5" x5" sized paintings, group show
2007 Stonehill College, Easton, MA "The Immigrant Experience", a juried exhibition.
2007 Merrimack College, North Andover,MA
"In Our Towns", a juried exhibition held during the Inaugural Reception for Governor Deval Patrick
2006- present Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Invited to display artwork in online gallery at gallery
2006--present Lowell Open Studios, Western Avenue Studios, Lowell, MA
2006 Art League of Lowell Gallery, Pollard Exchange Site, Lowell, MA
group show during the Lowell Folk Festival
2006 WCSH Sidewalk Art Festival, Portland, Maine Summer outdoor show
2006 Pascarelli Gallery, Worcester, MA online exhibition at
2006 Whistler House Museum, Lowell, MA juried show
2006 Billerica Public Library, Billerica, MA invitational Women's week "Hats" show
2006 The Niche Gallery, Lowell, MA represented
2005 Art League of Lowell Gallery, Lowell, MA two person show, juried
2005 Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston MA invitational group show for the Boston Drawing Project
2005 Concord Free Public Library, Concord, MA juried two person show
2004 Summer Place Gallery, Chelmsford, MA one woman show
2004 Evos Gallery, Lowell, MA invitational show for Lowell Folk Festival
2004 Summer Place Gallery, Chelmsford, MA group show
2004 Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA juried members show
2004 Nashua Art Association, Nashua, NH group show
2004 Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, MA juried show
2003 Higher Ground Coffee House, Lowell, MA group show
2003 Middlesex Art Beat Open Studios group show
2003 Art Center of Chelmsford, Chelmsford, MA group show
2003 Greeley Park Show, Nashua, NH summer outdoor show
2003 Parish Center for the Arts, Westford, MA one woman show
2003 Art on the Common, Chelmsford Art Society, group show
2002 Middlesex Art Beat Open Studios, exhibited at Gilson's Herb Lyceum in Groton, MA
2002 - 2006 Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA drawings included in the "Boston Drawing Project"
2001 Parish Center for the Arts, Westford, MA, group show
2000 Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA, group show
2000 Mass Bay Community College, group show
2000 Boston Public Library, W. Roxbury Branch group show
2000 Innovative Moves Gallery, Roslindale, MA group show
1999- 2001 Indigena Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA represented in co-operative space
1999 Spring House Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, one woman show
1999 Boston Public Library, Boston, MA one woman show
1996 Kids Palace Daycare, Boston, MA painted four murals, ongoing exhibit
1995 Baltimore Public Library, Glen Burnie, MD one woman show
1994 Towson Art Festival, Towson, MD, group show and sale
1992 Walpole Players, Walpole, MA, created murals and papier mache sculpture for the
production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum".
1991 Harvard Square USA Art Show, Cambridge, MA group show and sale
1991 Arnheim Gallery, Boston, MA, group show
1990 Tower Gallery, Boston, MA, group show

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Ms. Martha Mayo, Lowell, MA
Mr. and Mrs. David Brown, Lexington, MA
Mr. Al Walstrom, Hyde Park, MA
Mr. and Mrs. Slaby, Boston, MA
Mr. Noredin Morgan, Billerica, MA

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