Harry Robbins is a Brighton mixed media artist. Painting, illustration, sculpture and tattooing, he explores them all. Harry describes himself primarily as a draftsman.
“My work is often symbolic, obtaining either a deceived message or a clear one, pursued by a warped decorative purpose.” – Harry Robbins
Harrys influence comes from wilderness, mystery and illusion. Belief plays a strong role in his work, be that religious, mythological, magical, historical or scientific.
Illustrations are Harry’s ‘blueprints’ they are the most important part of his work, and he builds upon them. I had the pleasure of being present one Sunday as Harry attached several pieces of paper to the living room wall. Over 3 metres square. He began with his pencil blueprint, drawing from a ‘100 nudes’ book for reference. He then added a variety of animals heads to the female forms. There was a mystical nature to the piece. The finished artwork, chalk & charcoal were used building on his ‘blueprint’. Then using them to collage different shapes and silhouettes.
“The influence of this results in a naturalistic subject matter greatly influenced by tall tales and olde worlde aesthetic.” – Mikey Firb, Wolf & Pigeon, 2013.
Harry has recently worked for Brighton bands, Royal Blood & Shrine. Royal Blood are Brighton two piece, Michael Kerr on bass and vocals & Ben Thatcher on Drums. We noticed the artwork, then realised who the artist was!
Shrine are a heavy math rock band from Brighton, UK. Formed in July 2012. A four piece collective who combine the technical wizardry of bands like Mastodon, The Mars Volta and Dillinger escape plan with progressive soundscapes of bands like Oceansize to create a sound which is fresh, honest and unique. Shrine commissioned Harry to create an image for their new single. Below is also their new video. You may purchase Shrine t-shirts with Harry’s illustration here, but be quick, there aren’t many left.
Harry’s website will be launched this week, commencing his Fine Art Degree Show. The Private View is Tuesday 4th June. I’d make sure you’re down there. We will be.