Sam Robbins

Having exhibited with The Gallery Norfolk for 4 years, Sam is having his first solo show here, opening on the 18th March 2023. 

Sam's fascination with Norfolk light and landscapes has turned to the times and locations where the environment and people collide or collaborate, creating these hugely atmospheric paintings. There is a timelessness to his art.

Sam Robbins has been engaged in creative practice since 1985,
producing work in painting drawing and photography.

An early career in H.M.Forces where his training in photography was
utilised in varied military contexts led to a fifteen year career as a
photojournalist in the east of England, culminating in a decade long
period as a Staff Photographer with the Eastern Daily Press, ending in

Teaching art and photography part time to allow time for the
development of his painting, he gained a Masters degree in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts in 2013. The NUA Permanent Collection purchased two pieces from his final

His work is obsessively influenced by the times and locations at or in
which person and environment collide or collaborate, where the raw
ingredients of recollection occur.

Often rendered in situ in traditional oil paint or charcoal Robbins’ small works offer an attempt to record his immediate emotional response to the environmental conditions of the north Norfolk coast and its hinterland.

His former work as a photojournalist occasionally leaks through into paint as figures arrive into the picture plane, the better to explore the
experience of life and leisure on the edge of England.

Larger work is made in the studio in traditional oil paint, from drawn
painted and photographic reference. The aim of these pieces is the
distillation or coalescence of a series of fleetingly observed moments into a more considered permanent state.