Robin Coventry (1945-2002) was born in Edinburgh , Scotland. Robin Coventry attended the Glasgow School of Art. After becoming the youngest artist to have his work hung with that of Rembrandt in the Glasgow Art Galleries , he also exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy , The Glasgow Institute of Fine Art, and in London before moving to the California in 1972. Having trained his eye on the decaying Glasgow tenement buildings, he used his talent to create intricate etchings of the aging homesteads, the enchanting wildlife, and the ubiquitous coastline of Big Sur , California .
Midway through Robin’s career, he took a bold step turning away from the realistic landscapes that he had become known for, and began focusing his energy on his own “lyrical abstract” vision. Rooted in a technical ability to capture the smallest detail, Robin reached to convey a deeper, more intangible side of reality. Influenced by Paul Klee, Morris Graves, Mark Tobey and the Japanese Zen masters, he attempted to express the subtlety of eternity through the cycles of nature and the ages of various cultures - the ancient and the unborn all found in the miraculous moment of the Now. “I’m trying to beat the computer!” he exclaimed, as he balanced his command of technique with his secret love of chaos. Over the past thirty years, Robin Coventry’s contemplative and evocative water colors, drawings, and etchings have attracted an international following among collectors.
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