David Robinson at Diane Farris

By Matthew Kangas | Art in America, October, 1996

Drawing on his experience as a laborer on large-scale high rise construction projects in booming downtown Vancouver, 32-year-old David Robinson has cleverly adapted the daily danger of such work into his sculptures: assemblages of minutely welded metal grids on which realistically sculpted male figures are precariously perched. In a number of cases, including Perfect Imbalance (1991), By Any Means (1993) and Sliding Scale (1996), the works are suspended from the ceiling, further underscoring an air of delicate balance.

Young Contemporaries Exhibition

Young Contemporaries Exhibition
Artists provide strong visual challenge

By Doug Bale | The London Free Press

The show is a model of how art gallery documentation ought to read and all too seldom does.

Art curator Barry Lord chose well in putting Keith Alan Rose's painting Small Applause At The Naysayers' Circus on the cover of the catalog for the London Life Young Contemporaries exhibition.

In His Own Image

A TALL SCULPTURE called Speak hovers against the upstairs wall of the Diane Farris Gallery, throwing, as art should, a mysteriously magnetic field around it. The skull-capped figure whose face gazes out with a mixture of severity and melting softness is encased in a sort of pulpit transected by a wooden beam. The amazing anatomical detail slides into mannerist exaggerations, as in the dangling, oversized feet whose toes are so articulated and prehensile that they look more like fingers. "How beautiful are the feet," to recall the eloquently simple line from Handel's Messiah.

Standing Alone, Westender, October 1992

A group of youths stand at the corner of Smythe and Seymour, seemingly oblivious to the naked man just over their shoulders.

The Sentinel is part of a series of plaster cast statues by local sculptor David Robinson, which will appear at a number of locations around the city as a way of reminding us to take notice of our surroundings.

Weighing Christianity

By Ann Rosenberg | The Vancouver Sun, January 11, 1992

Like many of its non-profit peers, the gallery on the second floor of Regent College (5800 University Boulevard) puts work by significant known and lesser-known contemporary artists before the public. This month it's David Robinson, whose group of sculptures Exalted Beings turns figures into metaphors for spiritual states.

Exalted Humans

Christian Info News, January 1992

Exalted HumanThis sculpture - Speak - is one of several which has been displayed at Regent College's Lookout Gallery during December and January. Interest in the show (which ends January 29) has been considerable. Ann Rosenberg of the Vancouver Sun featured it and Robinson has been taken on by the Diane Farris Gallery, considered one of Canada's best. Robinson attends St John's (Shaughnessy) Anglican Church in Vancouver.