Sally Robinson: Rabbit Flat
According to the National Portrait Gallery, Sally Robinson, born in England, studied at the National Art School in Sydney from 1970 to 1973, and in the following year took up a position as designer at the Australian Museum in Sydney. Robinson was one of the leading Australian printmakers of the 1970s and 1980s. Her screenprints, featuring areas of bold, bright colour, were purchased by public collections throughout Australia and she received many commissions for print series. Her subjects were breezily Australian - the beach, the outback, cockatoos and parrots. In 1999 Robinson made her first appearance in the Archibald Prize as a portrait painter. In 2012 she won the Portia Geach Memorial Award with a portrait of her mother; she won the Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize in 2016 with a painting of Ella Rubeli.
The Work of Art
Rabbit Flat is a screen-print that was produced and published in 1984 and is edition 24 of 48. The work is typical of Robinson's style which is very colourful and realistic. Her works of art were particularly sought after in the 1980s and 1990s by public institutions for their bright portrayals of Australiana. This work depicts a number of sea-birds beneath a water-tower on a red desert background.