Markey Robinson

Biography

Markey Robinson has emerged, less than a decade after his death, as mythic figure. There is now less comment about his personal eccentricities — the shambolic shopping-cart life, the Joycean extemporising — than on his inarguable brilliance and originality.
Oriel Gallery founder Oliver Nulty (1920–2004) nurtured a then-emerging talent starting in the 1960s, a low point in the painter’s fortunes. However a growing consensus is beginning to form around the notion that Nulty and Markey were prescient, even prophetic figures, forging rather than following Irish art history. Markey is beginning to emerge as a founding father of Irish modernism — already valued as such by knowledgeable collectors and now (albeit more slowly) acquiring that reputation amongst critics and academics. Markey seems, at any rate, to have a “take” on the post-Cézanne world more vital and original than anything that emerged from the ateliers of the Salon Cubists or their Irish followers.
In this selection we see glimpses of such influences as Fauvism (the brilliant colour of Flowers from Many Gardens), Expressionism (the moody treatment of trees and skies in so many of his landscapes) and Cubism (Still Life, Blue). However every Markey, from the 1940s landscapes to the late flower paintings, bear his distinct mark. He offers modernism with an Irish accent, but owes less to any “ism” than to his own stubbornly original vision, melancholy or exultant mood and surroundings may have moved him.

Literature:
Oliver Nulty, Markey: 30 Years at the Oriel Gallery. Dublin: Oriel Gallery, 1987.
Michael Mulreany, Markey Robinson: Maverick Spirit. Belfast: Ben Madigan Publications, 1993.

 
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Irish Village

Previously Sold

 

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

A French Village in Autumn SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

A Splendid View SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

At Sunset SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Blue Morning SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Blue Shawl SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Brittany Village SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Clowns at the Circus SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Coastal Village SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Cogery Village SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Evening Return SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Evening Return SOLD

Markey  Robinson 

Family - Caravan by the Sea SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Fishing Village, West of Ireland SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Flowers from Many Gardens SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

French Regatta SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

From the Forest SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Gateway to the Desert SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Going to Church SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Heading Home SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Home in the Mountains SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Homestead SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

In the Mountains of Mourne SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Ireland by Markey SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Kindling SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Ligoniel, Belfast SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Market Sellers SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Nearing Home SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Path to the Mournes SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Picket Fences and Gable Ends SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Racing Home SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Red Door SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Renvyle, Connemara SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Returning Home SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Returning Home SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Road to Kilkeel SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Safe Harbour SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Safely Moored SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Sailboats Pass By SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Shawlies, Connemara SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Still Life on the Riviera SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

The Artist's Studio, Capri SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

The Boat I SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

The Boats II SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

The Family SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1819-1999)

The Harvesters SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

The Homestead SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

The Secret City SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

The Story Teller SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

The Tinkers' Camp SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918 - 1999)

Travelers with Melodians (c.1958) SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Two Clowns and a Lady SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Village in the West SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Where the Mountains Sweep Down to the Sea SOLD

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)

Winter Walking SOLD