Robinson & McMahon .
As a collaboration of two artists painting on the same canvas we are guided by reaction and response, not imposing rules or process, to combine our very different methods of using paint to create atmospheric, abstract paintings. A finished work exists as a result of all marks made by both artists, whether they are still seen, been obliterated or have just left a trace.
Our paintings usually show our distinctly different painting styles which have a dissonant harmony, a playful discussion, muted versus loud. There are times when there is no harmony or discussion but rather a full on argument and attack on each other's marks. A number of these paintings have been left to calm down over a few years and as we have become more considered of each other's actions, these battle scarred paintings have been salvaged. Sanding has bulldozed some of the blights but still left a trace, foundations that have been built upon and smoothed over, a kind of beauty from the rubble.
Our paintings exist because of the other; not necessarily bearing equal marks, but coming to a compromise, a resolution to find a kind of harmony.
Jason Robinson and Helen McMahon started to work together whilst studying BA Fine Art at The Cass School of Art and Design, graduating in 2011. When awarded the Vice Chancellor's Purchase Prize there, we decided to continue to collaborate, sharing studio space, music and arguments.
Upcoming Group show:
Visible Traces; Clerkenwell Gallery, Clerkenwell Green, London.
Showing the work of Ian Stephenson, Robinson/McMahon, Elizabeth Hayley and Jayne Wilton.
2016 AAF Battersea; One Church Street Gallery, London.
2015 Under Milk Wood; One Church Street Gallery, Bucks.
2015 ING Discerning Eye; Mall Galleries, London.
2015 RWA 163rd Annual Open Exhibition; RWA, Bristol.
2015 Cambridge City Art Fair; One Church Street Gallery, Cambridge.
2015 AAF Hampstead; One Church Street Gallery, London.
2015 New Chelsea Art Fair; One Church Street Gallery, London.
2015 AAF Battersea; One Church Street Gallery, London.
2015 Winter Collection; One Church Street Gallery, London.
2015 All Inclusive; Lisa Norris Gallery, London.
2014 The Bryant & Keeling Painting Prize;One Church Street Gallery, Bucks.
2014 Islington Exhibits; The Gate, London.
2014 The Buxton Spa Prize; Buxton
2014 The Sanctuary 20 x 20; The Sanctuary, Northampton
2013 Winter Group Show; Lisa Norris Gallery, London
2013 Abstract Perspective; Lisa Norris Gallery, London
2013 Ludlow Open 2013; Ludlow
2012 The Other Art Fair, November; Ambika P3, London
2012 Selection of works curated by Mary George; Fulham, London
2012 TRACE; Motorcade/Flashparade Gallery, Bristol
2012 Resistance; Cranleigh Arts Centre
2012 The Other Art Fair, May; Ambika P3, London
2012 The Door Prize for Painting; Centrespace Gallery, Bristol
2011 Studio F9; The Chocolate Factory, London
2011 Create a Diversion; The Rag Factory, London
2011 The Cass Degree Show; London Metropolitan University, London
2011 Awarded The Sir John Cass Vice Chancellor's Purchase Prize
Work included in London Metropolitan University collection and in private collections.
One Church Street Gallery
1 Church Street, Great Missenden, Bucks. HP16OAX