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Gallery 1608 County Antrim

Robinson, Markey

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BIO:  Markey Robinson

 

Although he originally lived and worked in Belfast, Markey frequently travelled the world in search of the images that would become iconic in his paintings. His trips to Spain and Africa provided stunning, simplistic images of buildings and life from around the world, but it was Ireland that captured Markey's imagination most of all. His paintings depict the countryside with flat, muted colour and in his almost abstract, almost geometrical compositions, he seems to capture the easy relationship between beauty and sadness.

 

Markey led a turbulent life and often left no room for close relationships. After a separation from his family, he moved to Dublin, eventually coming to the Apollo Gallery on Dawson Street. His work continued to progress and develop here, and he was a familiar sight walking around Dublin, dragging behind him his cart containing all his possessions. The Irish Independent described his time in Dublin as "a daily occurrence of the city, dressed like a tramp, searching skips and rubbish tips for boards and paper on which he could paint. His pockets would be filled with large amounts of cash." Markey's outwardly eccentric nature seemed to contradict his paintings, which seem to display a gentle calm and a close relationship with rural Ireland and the landscape.

Markey Robinson (Large Piece)