b. 1946, New Zealand

Robin White Artworks

Robin White is mainly known for her earlier images of iconic buildings set in landscape, portraits of family or friends, and symbolic 'New Zealand' toys like the Buzzy Bee. Immediately recognisable, these feature bright light, unmodulated flat planes, and clear shapes and colour, following a tradition of 'Pacific light' and continuing the regionalism perpetuated by Christopher Perkins, Rita Angus, Michael Smither, and Don Binney.

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Examples include Mangaweka (1973), Fish and Chips, Maketu (1975), Sam's Place, Bottle Creek (1971), and Florence and Harbour Cone (1975).

Later Developments

In the 1980s after a brief period in Dunedin, White moved to Kiribati and developed an interest in woodblocks and local imagery. This influence is evident in works such as The Maneaba. 5. From: Beginners' guide to Gilbertese (1983), I am doing the washing in the bathroom (1984), and This Far and No Further (1992).

In 1996, after a fire destroyed the contents of her studio, White became involved with community pandanus leaf weaving, barkcloth (tapa), and piupiu projects, realising that a community effort could achieve spectacular results. Three years later, White returned to Aotearoa New Zealand and helped set up a group of Tongan and Fijian collaborators for weaving in Masterton. In these very large wall-sized works, we often see internal architectural spaces instead of volcanic landscapes, with austere pieces of block furniture holding jugs or the occasional kerosene lamp. Reminiscent of Japanese prints, these barkcloth images with earth colours present delicate decorative patterns along the rectangular orthogonal sections of domestic wall.

Examples include Living in a Material World (2017), Something is Happening Here (2017), Hear the Voice (2017), and On Pratt Street They Pray for Miracles (2017).

All this time I have searched for the same thing by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White All this time I have searched for the same thing, 2020 Barkcloth, earth pigments, natural dye
175 x 125 cm
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The perfect silence of the hour by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White The perfect silence of the hour, 2020 Barkcloth, earth pigments, natural dye
210 x 132 cm
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Bed Bath and Beyond 252 by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White Bed Bath and Beyond 252, 2022 Earth pigments, soot, plant dyes and masi
92.5 x 64 cm
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First Class Accounts 272 by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White First Class Accounts 272, 2022 Earth pigments, soot, plant dyes and masi
92.5 x 65 cm
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Flutter and Co 234 by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White Flutter and Co 234, 2022 Earth pigments, soot, plant dyes and masi
103 x 68.5 cm
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Sai Louie and Co 170 by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White Sai Louie and Co 170, 2022 Earth pigments, soot, plant dyes and masi
105.5 x 65.5 cm
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Turned on Audio 280 by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White Turned on Audio 280, 2022 Earth pigments, soot, plant dyes and masi
94.7 x 65.5 cm
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Laka 169 by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White Laka 169, 2022 Earth pigments, soot, plant dyes and masi
93.7 x 63.5 cm
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Scotty's 202 by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White Scotty's 202, 2022 Earth pigments, soot, plant dyes and masi
94.5 x 66 cm
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Everybody Eats 306 by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White Everybody Eats 306, 2022 Earth pigments, soot, plant dyes and masi
102 x 69.5 cm
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Hala by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White Hala, 2022 Earth pigments, soot, plant dyes and masi
231 x 86.5 cm
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Ósi hiko mai e fō ‘i u’a? Has the washing been brought in? by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White Ósi hiko mai e fō ‘i u’a? Has the washing been brought in?, 2022 Barkcloth, earth pigments, soot, tuitui natural plant dye
205 x 170 cm
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Waiting for Vika by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White Waiting for Vika, 2019 Barkcloth, earth pigments, natural dye
100 x 72 cm
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It must be raining in Suva by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White It must be raining in Suva, 2019 Barkcloth, earth pigments, natural dye
100 x 72 cm
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Blackout in Banaras by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White Blackout in Banaras, 2019 Barkcloth, earth pigments, natural dye
100 x 72 cm
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That Vase by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White That Vase, 2019 Barkcloth, earth pigments, natural dye
200 x 330 cm
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On Pratt Street They Pray for Miracles by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White On Pratt Street They Pray for Miracles, 2017 Barkcloth, earth pigments, natural dye
100 x 72 cm
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Hear the Voice by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White Hear the Voice, 2017 Barkcloth, earth pigments, natural dye
210 x 330 cm
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Something is Happening Here by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White Something is Happening Here, 2017 Barkcloth, earth pigments, natural dye
210 x 330 cm
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Happy hour on Shiu Raj St by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White Happy hour on Shiu Raj St, 2017 barkcloth, earth pigments, natural dye
100 x 72 cm
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The Fisherman Returns to Banaras by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White The Fisherman Returns to Banaras, 2017 barkcloth, earth pigments, natural dye
100 x 72 cm
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When the lights go out in Rakiraki by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White When the lights go out in Rakiraki, 2017 barkcloth, earth pigments, natural dye
100 x 72 cm
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A Meeting in Lautoka by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White A Meeting in Lautoka, 2017 barkcloth, earth pigments, natural dye
100 x 72 cm
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Living in a Material World by Robin White contemporary artwork textile
Robin White Living in a Material World, 2017 barkcloth, earth pigments, natural dye
210 x 330 cm
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