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Before the Gathering Storm - SOLD

Before the Gathering Storm - SOLD

By Rosalind Robinson


Oil on canvas

Original artwork


Framed size:  H:70cm x W:35cm



Three figures stand in a seemingly impenetrable field of grass, the stems whipping around them in the wind, while storm clouds gather above. They are searching for a way out - or do they seek answers to the existential threats posed by climate change, pandemic and war?


One of them looks out of the picture to the right, the middle figure looks to her neighbour and the left-hand figure looks out of the picture plane, shielding her yes from the sun to get a better view.


The setting is another of Rosalind's ambiguous scenes. Are they trapped or are they exposed in the open space? Do they look for a route out or are they fleeing a pursuer? Questions of fate, destiny and control are woven into the surreal narrative. 


"A pivotal moment came about ten years ago when I was reading a book about the painter Edgar Degas in which he was quoted as saying, 'We were created to look at one another weren’t we?' This seemed to me to be a profoundly moving question and motivated me to begin to observe more closely the people around me.


"Since then I hope that my work has been progressively evolving as I continue to examine the possibilities of expressing human interactions in figurative painting."



Another version of this painting was sold in Bath in 2021.



    In art, the direct gaze can be compelling, disturbing or disarming, offering frank emotional engagement. But, in life, in our remote and digital age, this vital physical connection between us is increasingly absent .


    Rosalind Robinson is a figurative painter who seeks to redress the balance. In distinctive and arresting images, laden with symbolism, she explores personal space and human proximity – or distance. The imaginary, sometimes surreal, portraits she creates convey the mystery and ambiguity im