Robin von Einsiedel’s practice offers a critique of the artist’s position in relation to painting and the limitations of abstraction. By combining abstract and figurative elements his work, he references the tradition and history of painting; its evolution as a form and the act of painting itself, know as gestural abstraction.
The introduction of the figurative elements, on canvas and through the jesmonite sculptures, von Einsiedel attempts to frame and contextualise the paintings. Through their inclusion in the abstract field they represent the ‘Other,‘ exposing the painting as more than just a material surface. Some appear as portraits of the artist, self-critical of his position in the construction of the illusion, while others recall the patrons who appeared in Renaissance paintings.
Whilst their critical position is fixed, the actual source of the figurative elements remains open. They are fragments from the artist’s memories of books, cartoons and people he’s encountered, invading the painting and becoming concrete signifiers of meaning.
Robin von Einsiedel is an artist living and working in London. He completed his BA in Fine Art at University College, Falmouth. In the Summer of 2014 he graduated from MA Painting at the Royal College of Art, London. Exhibitions include RCA Degree Show, London 2014; RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London 2014; Rundgang, Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf 2014; PGNT NOV, Henry Moore Gallery, RCA, London 2013; RAZ.MA-TAZ, Hockney Gallery, RCA, London 2013; Creekside Open, Apt Gallery, London 2013; Facing Surfaces, Bosse & Baum Art, London 2013; RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London 2013; Notes to Self, Dyson Gallery, London 2013; RCA Interim (Wip) Show, Royal College of Art, London 2013; Trying Forms, Testbed 1, London 2011; Degree show, Falmouth College of Arts, Falmouth 2010; Exhibitionism, Eastwing Nine, Courtauld Institute of Art, London 2010; Group Show, Academy of Fine Arts Warsaw, Warsaw Poland 2009; Lynn Painter Stainers Prize, London 2008. Robin von Einsiedel has had a an solo exhibition at Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest in January 2015, and a group exhibition at Galeria Nicodim, LA in Spring 2015.