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Robin White

Paradise Twist
Robin White
Woven flax, 42 x 30.5cm
Paradise Twist
Robin White
Woven flax, 42x 30.5cm
Mabel Mitchell’s Place
Robin White, 1977
Ngatu
Robin White, 2013
Natural earth pigments on tapa cloth, 210 x 120cm
Oystercatchers
Robin White, 1974
Postcards From Pleasant Island
Robin White, 1989
Screenprint, 14/30, 45 x 30cm
Oneraki
Robin White, 2012
Earth pigment and natural dye on bark cloth, 245 x 210
Gleanings From a Workshop of the Unknown — Land Loss
Robin White, 2013
Natural pigments and dyes on barkcloth, 65 x 135
Pass the Palm
Robin White, 2012
Natural pigments and dyes on barkcloth, 55 x 100
A Cup For Mrs. Bell (a set of two works)
Robin White, 2013
Watercolour on paper, 27 x 24
Denham Bay Takeaways 1 & 2
Robin White, 2013
Natural dyes and pigments on barkcloth
Denham Bay 1 & 2
Robin White, 2012
Photographs in edition of 5 (1/5), 43 x 40
This is the Day
Ruha Fifita & Robin White, 2014
Natural dyes and pigments on barkcloth, 490 x 320
Ko e Hala Hangatonu, detail 5
Ruha Fifita & Robin White, 2014
3/5, Natural pigments and dyes on barkcloth, 46 x 90
Ko e Hala Hangatonu, detail lamp
Ruha Fifita & Robin White, 2014
Natural dyes and pigments on barkcloth, 70 x 160
Ko e Hala Hangatonu, detail 1
Ruha Fifita & Robin White, 2014
Natural dyes and pigments on barkcloth, 50 x 80
Braveheart
Robin White, 2012
Screen print, 30 x 40
Kereru
Robin White, 2011
Screen print, 40 x 50
Paradise Twist
Robin White
Woven flax, 42 x 30.5cm
Paradise Twist
Robin White
Woven flax, 42x 30.5cm
Mabel Mitchell’s Place
Robin White, 1977
Ngatu
Robin White, 2013
Natural earth pigments on tapa cloth, 210 x 120cm
Oystercatchers
Robin White, 1974
Postcards From Pleasant Island
Robin White, 1989
Screenprint, 14/30, 45 x 30cm
In My Father’s House
Ebonie Fifita, Ruha Fifita & Robin White, 2014
Natural dyes and pigments on barkcloth
The Crimson Sea
Ebonie Fifita, Ruha Fifita & Robin White, 2014
Natural dyes on barkcloth
Relatives at the Makatu Church; Florence and Harbour Cone
Robin White
Silkscreen prints, 1974 and 1975
Beginner’s Guide to Gilbertese
Robin White, 1983
Set of 5 woodblock prints, 20/5 x 17cm
We Are The Small Axe; Bats, 1–10
Robin White, 2016
26 x 50cm
Picnic At North Beach 1–3
Robin White, 2013
54 x 55cm
Seen Along the Avenue
Robin White, 2016
55 x 50cm
Along the Way of Sorrows
Robin White, 1993
Photo-etching, embossing
Bell, Fan, Lamp
Robin White, 2005
Colour screen-print on wool bale bag
Fan for the Fighting Man
Robin White
A set of 7 fans hand made with photoscreenprint and bamboo skeletons contained in a hand-made box.
Fish from a Tin
Robin White, 1985
Hand-coloured linocut
Michael is Sleeping
Robin White, 1982
Charcoal on paper
Paremata 2
Robin White, 1969
Watercolour on paper
There and Back
Robin White, 1991
Three Broken Shells
Robin White, 1985
Linocut, hand-coloured with embossing
A Strange and Memorable Night
Tamari Cabeikanacea & Robin White, 2017
1600 x 656mm
And Thus the Night Passed Safely
Tamari Cabeikanacea & Robin White, 2017
1680 x 740mm
Given in Payment 1
Tamari Cabeikanacea & Robin White
500 x 390mm
Given in Payment 2
Robin White
500 x 390mm
Given in Payment 4
Robin White
500 x 390mm
Now in the Hour of Peril
Tamari Cabeikanacea & Robin White, 2017
1810 x 2270mm
The End Seemed at Hand
Tamari Cabeikanacea & Robin White, 2017
1620 x 1670mm
New Angel
Robin White, 1998
September 22, 2018
Robin White
Theory of Variation; We are the Small Axe
Richard Killeen & Robin White
We are the Small Axe
Robin White, 2014
On This Night
Robin White
A work on barkcloth and aluminium composite board, 220 x 75 cm
On This Night (Detail)
Robin White
A work on barkcloth and aluminium composite board, 220 x 75 cm
One Fine Day
Robin White, 2019
Ink and pigment on barkcloth, 239 x 183 cm
One Fine Day (Detail)
Robin White, 2019
Ink and pigment on barkcloth, 239 x 183 cm
August 6
Robin White
Earth pigments and natural dyes on barkcloth

About Robin White

Robin White (born in Te Puke, 1946, Ngāti Awa) was told by Colin McCahon that she needed to get out and paint instead of trying to stay at Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts for a better qualification than her Diploma. So she did.

She attributes her confidence, determination and hard-work ethic to the stern encouragement of her parents, especially her father Albert Tikitu White with his very large kumara patch that needed a lot of attention. Her first steps on the road to a life of art-making were encouraged by an art teacher at Epsom Girls Grammar School, May Smith, after early years at Raglan District High.

But when you’d been studying at Elam on a Ministry of Education studentship, you had to spend time as a teacher yourself. Teaching art at high school was an opportunity for Robin to learn screen-printing, a craft not taught at Elam in the 1960s.

Robin’s brief career as an art teacher at Mana College soon morphed into full time work as an artist when she went to live on the Otago Peninsula and by 1972 Robin was becoming known as one of a group of New Zealand regionalists characterised as the hard-edged realists. After a ten-year career as a distinctive painter and screen-print maker in New Zealand Robin moved to Kiribati, where the different nature of the physical and social environment introduced some changes in the works that she produced from her studio beside the Tarawa lagoon.

Her love of Pacific culture took a new direction into collaborative art-making after a fire in 1996 unexpectedly destroyed her home and studio. With nothing to work with and nowhere to work she found ways to merge western art practice with Pasifika ways of getting the job done.

The resulting images, produced with a small group of Kiribati women, Fijians, New Zealanders and lately her vivacious Tongan collaborator Ruha Fifita, expanded her repertoire beyond painting and printmaking in directions entirely unforeseen in the 1970s: pandanus-leaf weavings, mixed-media piupiu, tagged fadges and tapa productions on a generous scale. Still distinctive. Unique.

Robin White has been living back in New Zealand since 1999.

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