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)
Mother and Children
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
Queen of Atlantis
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
The Shawlie
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
Lady with the Golden Hair
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
The Couple
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
The Goddess
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
Irish Village
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
The Gatherer
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
On the Lagan, Lisburn
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
Returning Home
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
Returning to the Homestead

Previously Sold

 

Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
A French Village in Autumn SOLD
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
A Splendid View 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)
Coming Home SOLD
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
Cottages by the Sea 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)
Gateway to the Desert SOLD
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
Going to Church SOLD
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
Heading Home SOLD
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
Her Garden SOLD
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
Home in the Mountains SOLD
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
Home to the Village 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)
Mr Magoo 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)
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)
Still Life with Oranges 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 Coming Storm 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 Return Home 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 Mountains SOLD
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
Village in the West SOLD
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
Waiting for the Catch SOLD
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
Waiting for the Menfolk SOLD
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
Where the Mountains Sweep Down to the Sea SOLD
Markey  Robinson  (1918-1999)
Winter Walking SOLD