ROBIN HOLDER BWS

My first encounter with The Severn, Britain’s longest river, was at the age of four in the city of Worcester where I was born and raised.

This early fascination grew over time and drove me to becoming a completely self-taught painter, obsessed with capturing all two hundred and twenty miles of my subject from source to sea. Inspiration comes easily but strong emotional experiences influence my paintings and continually reinforce feelings built up over a lifetime. Working from my hand-built canoe or from a bivvi bag at twilight certainly help to strengthen the bond. I would describe my work as intuitive, somewhere between figurative and abstract, allowing a sub-conscious approach to yield a gritty and sometimes melancholic creation.  Watercolour, acrylics, oils and mixed media all form part of my approach but with an emphasis on line. The line is created whilst in direct contact with my subject and I like to preserve the honesty in these marks.

Having shaken off all my earliest influences, I have spent over two decades creating my own account of The Severn, all two hundred and twenty miles of it.   

Curriculum Vitae

MEMBERSHIPS

 

2009 - present. Elected member, Birmingham Watercolour Society

2009 - 2011. Birmingham Easel Club

 

EDUCATION

 

No art qualifications or formal training. Completely self-taught.

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2020

Birmingham Watercolour Society, Autumn Exhibition – Weston Park, Staffordshire

 

2019

Solo Exhibition – Ironbridge Fine Arts

Birmingham Watercolour Society, Spring Exhibition – Weston Park, Staffordshire

Spring Exhibition – Ironbridge Fine Arts

Summer Exhibition – Ironbridge Fine Arts

Autumn Exhibition – Ironbridge Fine Arts

 

2018

Solo Exhibition – Ironbridge Fine Arts

Spring Exhibition - Ironbridge Fine Arts

Summer Exhibition - Ironbridge Fine Arts

Birmingham Watercolour Society, Summer Exhibition – Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire

 

2017

Spring Exhibition – Ironbridge Fine Arts

Spring Exhibition – Tinca Gallery, Portishead

Spring Exhibition – Bevere Gallery, Worcester

Birmingham Watercolour Society, Summer Exhibition – Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire

Summer Exhibition – Tinca Gallery, Portishead

Autumn Exhibition – Tinca Gallery, Portishead

Autumn Exhibition – Bevere Gallery, Worcester

 

2016

Spring Exhibition – Ironbridge Fine Arts

Spring Exhibition – Bevere Gallery, Worcester

Spring Exhibition – Tinca Gallery, Portishead

Birmingham Watercolour Society, Summer Exhibition – Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire

Autumn Exhibition – Ironbridge Fine Arts

Autumn Exhibition – Bevere Gallery, Worcester

Autumn Exhibition – Tinca Gallery, Portishead

 

2015

Birmingham Watercolour Society, Summer Exhibition – Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire

Autumn Exhibition – Ironbridge Fine Arts

Autumn Exhibition – Bevere Gallery, Worcester

Autumn Exhibition – Tinca Gallery, Portishead

 

2014

Birmingham Watercolour Society, Summer Exhibition – Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire

 

2013

Birmingham Watercolour Society, Summer Exhibition – Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire

 

2012

Birmingham Watercolour Society, Summer Exhibition – Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire

 

2011

Birmingham Watercolour Society, Summer Exhibition – Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire

 

2010

Birmingham Watercolour Society, Summer Exhibition – Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire

Birmingham Easel Club – Annual Exhibition

Joint Show – Bevere Gallery, Worcester

 

2009

Open Exhibition – Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

Birmingham Watercolour Society, Summer Exhibition – Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire

Birmingham Easel Club – Annual Exhibition

Joint Show – Bevere Gallery, Worcester

 

2008

Open Exhibition – Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

Solo Exhibition – Worcester Cathedral

Joint Show – Bevere Gallery, Worcester

 

2007

Open Exhibition – Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

Solo Exhibition – Worcester Cathedral

Joint Show – Bevere Gallery, Worcester

 

2006

Joint Shows – Bevere Gallery, Worcester

 

2005

Solo Exhibition – Bevere Gallery Worcester

Solo Exhibition – Worcester Cathedral

Joint Exhibition – Bevere Gallery

 

2004

Solo Exhibition – Bevere Gallery, Worcester

 

2003

Joint Shows – Bevere Gallery, Worcester

Joint Show – Hereford Cathedral

 

2002

Joint Show – Bevere Gallery, Worcester