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Self portrait with goose feathers

2004
William Robinson AO

colour lithograph on paper, edition 62/100 (sheet: 57.0 cm x 40.0 cm)
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After moving to a larger property in Beechmont, in the Gold Coast

hinterland, William Robinson AO focused on creating works inspired by

the landscape, documenting his surroundings, his home and the day-to-day

life of his growing family. As well as being reflections of the world

around him, Robinson’s works revisit memories of his life. In Self portrait with goose feathers Robinson

wears a bright yellow raincoat and a hat made from an animal feed bag.

While the self portrait is seemingly whimsical, there is suffering

underlining the work. The goose feathers symbolise escape from tragic

events within Robinson’s life, including the deaths of two of his

children.

Purchased 2022
© William Robinson

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Artist and subject

William Robinson AO (age 68 in 2004)

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1. William Robinson, 1994. All Greg Weight.
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