16th April – 30th May 2015
Dadiani Fine Art is thrilled to present a solo exhibition of David Robilliard, an iconic figure whose poems and paintings remain both testament and enquiry; an artist who asked the world questions he was too modest to ask in the flesh and provided answers that many were unwilling to hear at the time.
25 + 1 showcases a number of Robilliard’s previously unseen works that reflect his quintessential visual and poetic style: instinctive, often minimalist, probing, emotionally engaging and at times ironic.
‘Figure with Jersey’ is the only exception, as it demonstrates Robilliard’s holistic drawing abilities.
‘I mainly do people’s heads. I am fascinated by the human face’ – David Robilliard
This collection conveys a youthful optimism tinged with a coy pessimism, and typically speak of his experiences in the gay counter culture scene of London in the 1980s. Among Robilliard’s earliest supporters and mentors were Gilbert & George who spoke of David as:
“The new master of the modern person. Looking, thinking, feeling, seeing, bitching – he brilliantly encapsulates the “Existers” spirit of our time”.
These words were to become prophetic as the young artist died in 1988 at the age of thirty-six as a result of HIV/AIDS. Robilliard’s lasting friendship with Gilbert & George is immortalised in his role in the 1981 film ‘The World of Gilbert and George’.