ROBIN HOLDER BWS

I love all two hundred and twenty miles of it. It's where I feel most content. Some people find spiritual fulfilment in a cathedral, on a mountain or by the sea. I find it by the "mighty" River Severn. 

I'm not the only person who thinks it's good for the soul. I observe walkers, anglers, canoeists, cyclists, picnickers and many more all soaking up its ethereal qualities.

Through my work I try to portray our relationship with the river and in doing so, justify my own obsession with a place that has captivated me since childhood and driven me to becoming a self-taught painter.

I combine working on-site, either from the riverbank or my Canadian canoe, with time spent in my studio and use watercolour, oils, acrylics or mixed media; in fact anything that will fit into a rucksack.

I would describe my work as intuitive, somewhere on the scale between figurative and abstract, allowing a sub-conscious approach to yield a gritty and sometimes melancholic creation.

Layers are also important in my compositions, each one having its own significance but all very often visible in the finished work from the first pencil
stroke to the last and delicate wash or bold slab of colour. It's an approach that has taken time to evolve and has relied on shaking off all my earliest influences.

Now I create an individual account of the river, 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

 

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