“I never tire of painting or drawing the human face,” William L Robinson says. The faces in his images cover a wide range of personalities from rock stars to political figures to artists, including the man that Robinson cites as a major influence on his work: Andy Warhol. Inspired by the bold color contrasts and sharp lines of Warhol’s Pop Art style, Robinson gives those qualities a unique spin by executing them in various media. Working in acrylics, watercolors, and gouache, he captures the physical appearance of his subjects and that spark of personality that makes them special.
Robinson uses black-and-white digital images as the starting point for his work, but creating exact likenesses of his subjects is not his goal. Instead, an emphasis on the subject’s character drives his work, and color is one of the main tools he uses to reveal that character. While some of his images remain close to their greyscale roots, others use vividly colored backgrounds and details to reflect the larger-than-life essence of each person, giving his paintings an energy and power that draw the viewer in.
William L Robinson was born in Dublin, Ireland and currently resides in Wicklow where he creates his art from home.