Tony Robinson is primarily a painter of oil portraits and plein air landscapes, he has won several awards and commissions. He was a participant in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year in 2020 and has given many portrait painting workshops.

Tony was born and studied fine art in the UK and has lived in Ireland since the 1980s.

Whether for a landscape or a portrait, Tony prefers to work alla prima, from life, whenever possible. His chief goal is to capture the portrait sitter’s likeness and presence or, in a landscape painting, to record the atmosphere and sense of place. His style strives to be both direct and nuanced, aiming to move swiftly towards a resolution of the image, while remaining ready to capitalise on random marks or effects and what they can contribute to the end result.

Tony has won awards at international plein air events in the Netherlands and in the USA and been an invited artist and an adjudicator at various painting festivals. With some friends, in 2008 he initiated Art in the Open, a plein air festival in Ireland which has grown into the largest of its kind in Europe and annually attracting internationally well-known landscape artists. He is still very much involved in AITO 17 years on. After a career involving mural painting, signwriting, teaching, picture framing, art retailing and gallerist, Tony now concentrates on painting (and occasional teaching) exclusively.

Master Class Information

Mastering the Painted Portrait, with artist Tony Robinson and live studio model.

Wednesday 18 September (studio)

Mandurah, Western Australia

This Masterclass will explain techniques of the successful ‘alla prima’ portrait, demonstrated by Tony Robinson who will be helping participants aiming to produce a satisfying ‘head study’ or a ‘head and shoulders’ in 4 hours painting time.

The course will include:

  • Setting up the model.
  • Laying in, blocking in and working up.
  • Tones, colours, edges and brushwork.
  • Choosing and mixing flesh colours.
  • Common alla prima pitfalls.
  • How to critique your own work.
  • Making adjustments.

Tony will paint along with you for a fun day of portraiture. Use of a camera will be included.

Some basic drawing skills are recommended for this course but Tony will endeavour to adapt the teaching element to suit a range of experience and ability.

One Day $245 Register here.

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