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Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson

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HOTA Gallery’s second major exhibition celebrates one of Australia’s greatest landscape painters, and living artists, William Robinson AO.

Step into the untamed and awe-inspiring Gold Coast hinterland, with landscape visions that enchant and inspire in unlikely ways as Robinson’s work transforms HOTA Gallery into a space of energy, vibrancy, and quiet power in an exploration of Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson.

Brisbane born and raised, in 1984 Robinson took up residence on a 208-acre farm on the western slopes of Beechmont in the Gold Coast hinterland. There, he would walk around and observe the surrounding sub-tropical rainforest, creating a time of reflection that revealed both the subtle pleasures and epic grace of the natural world around him.

These experiences inspired Robinson, a painter and pianist, to create monumental canvases that twisted Australian landscape painting in a thoroughly new direction.

Embracing the majesty, power, and inescapable influence of nature, Robinson’s Creation series, formed over 16 years, have entangled and enchanted visitors for decades, and now come together at HOTA Gallery for the very first time.

Combining his gift for painting and creation with his passion for classical music, our guest curator, Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO invites you to experience the breath, rhythm and heartbeat of the Hinterland captured in his ground-breaking multi-panelled pieces.

The exhibition and our accompanying program of events highlight Robinson’s spiritual connection to the natural world and deep fascination with the Queensland landscape.

A journey for all, be swept into a new world, built with lighting, drifting classical music, and a richly curated gallery experience.  Revel in the subtle pleasure, vibrating warmth, and overwhelming grace of the art of William Robinson.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts

Add an art-inspired meal to your Gallery visit

Experience our Lyrical Landscape inspired menus at Palette Restaurant.

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Win a Hinterland Holiday!

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Every ticket holder to Lyrical Landscapes will go into the draw to win 2 nights at the award-winning Sky Lodges, thanks to our friends at Binna Burra Lodge and experience the hinterland that inspired William Robinson.

Positioned 800 metres above sea level amidst the sub-tropical rainforest of Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Binna Burra is centre stage to some of Australia’s most spectacular natural features. See all that Binna Burra Lodge has to offer here.

More about Lyrical Landscapes

The Lyrical Landscapes playlist: Curated by Quentin Bryce AD CVO and William Robinson AO


Education Resource


A dive behind the canvas: William Robinson, and his 85th year


Exhibition events



This exhibition is supported by Arts Queensland through the Queensland Government Exhibition indemnification Scheme.

With support from Philip Bacon AO.

Image credits:
William Robinson, The Rainforest 1990 (detail), oil on canvas, 188.0 x 492.5 cm, Collection, HOTA Gallery. Acquired through funds from Gold Coast’s business and art loving community 1991 © Image courtesy the artist and Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane.
Greg Weight, William Robinson 1994, silver gelatin photograph, 69.7 x 89 cm, Collection, HOTA Gallery. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Patrick Corrigan AM 2004 © Greg Weight.
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