Works in the database
524
Works with images
479
Works with multiple sales
66

Past Sales

Angels and Devils 1993
Springbrook Cliffs with Waterfalls 1997
Birkdale Farm Construction With Australorps, 1982 - 83

Sales by Medium

Paintings
Sold 155 works for
$23,250,318
Works on Paper
Sold 89 works for
$1,397,104
Objects
Sold 39 works for
$677,506

Where to buy or sell art works by William Robinson

Auction Houses

Deutscher and Hackett
Sold 48 works for
$6,425,956
Sotheby's
Sold 60 works for
$5,991,852
Deutscher~Menzies
Sold 50 works for
$3,936,301

Born in Brisbane in 1936, Bill Robinson studied extensively in Brisbane, and after graduating, he began working as an art instructor, eventually becoming head of the Painting Department at the Brisbane College of Advanced Education in 1982. In 1989 he retired to work as a full-time artist. Although he held his first exhibition in 1967, it wasn't until the 1980s he rose to international prominenece. A semi-abstract painter in several mediums, he was the winner of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Archibald Prize in 1987 and 1995 and the Wynne prize in 1990. In 2011, the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Art Museum held a major retrospective exhibition of his works.

Bill Robinson is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 1986 of 524, of which 352 (67%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $696,000 for Landscape with Sunset and Self Portrait sold by Sotheby's in May 2007. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by Bill Robinson are held by the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery and a further seven major public national galleries (see list below).

William Robinson is listed in the following standard biographical references:

  • McCulloch, Alan McCulloch, Susan McCulloch, Emily McCulloch-Childs. The New McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art. 4th Edition, Aus Art Melbourne & The Miegunyah Press, 2006. Page 835
  • Germaine, Max. Artists and Galleries of Australia, Volumes 1 & 2, Third Edition. Craftsman Press, Sydney, 1990. Page 584
  • Dictionary of Australian Artists Online, an online resource for biographical data about Australian artists, designers, craftspeople and curators.
  • Australian Prints + Printmaking, a database listing printmaking artists from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region based on the print collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Artists' Resale Royalty

Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…

Yes, eligible, subject to the artist satisfying the residency test. The artist is alive or has been deceased for less than 70 years. Contact the Copyright Agency for information on the residency test.

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