A line, drawn

 on hot-press paper, rubbed until it fades and fuses with the surface, becomes a shadow of its former self. Lines repeated, gradually darkening, produce marks of tension and great spatial depth. The bleeding of charcoal and graphite trapped and paled by layers added and removed continues to exploit these abstract interpretations of movement, sound, mutability and evanescent light. My work is an enquiry into process, through memory and repetition. It is an investigation into the instability of line, of surface, of life, informed by observation of the world around me.


L'Après-midi d'un Faune

L’Après midi d’un Faune. 2016.  Graphite, charcoal and mixed media 60 x 80 cms


‘Pushing paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now’, British Museum from 11 September 2019 – 11 January 2020.

This exhibition curated by Isabel Seligman will include nearly 60 contemporary drawings from the British Museum’s collection. It will investigate how contemporary artists as diverse as Tacita Dean, Imran Qureshi, Sol LeWitt, Cornelia Parker, Pablo Bronstein, Anish Kapoor, Grayson Perry, Fiona Robinson and others have used drawing to examine themes including identity, place, memory, power, and process. Collaboratively conceived by curators from across the UK, this exhibition follows on from the successful touring exhibition Lines of thought and is supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation.  The exhibition will tour to Durham, Swansea, Stromness and Barnsley.



Seeing Sound: Music Imagery and Inspiration

Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge UK

Opens 8 October 2019 – 20 January 2020


Works that make connections between art and music by Watteau, Rossetti, Renoir and Picasso and musical manuscripts by Handel, Brahms, Stravinsky and the Founder of the Museum, Lord Fitzwilliam and La Cathèdrale Engloutie  see below

La cathédrale engloutie (Préludes Bk. 1) Debussy plays Debussy Series

La cathédrale engloutie (Debussy plays Debussy series) 2018 Graphite and mixed media. Collection The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK

SOUL MUSIC on Debussy’s L’Après-midi d’un faune

produced by Maggie Ayre

available on iplayer  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09z5j2m

Conversations about the profound impact that Debussy’s L’Après midi d’un Faune has had on listeners.

Fiona Robinson’s work is increasingly informed by music. Using the language of drawing she creates an equivalent of, a transcription of, music. It is not a system of notation, not an alternative to a musical score to be reinterpreted, it is a response to the sound.

Robinson’s drawings present a communication between composer and artist, a conversation between two practitioners, through the languages they use to express their ideas. This is where the music and the drawing connect.


Draw Art Fair London at the Saatchi Callery London 17 – 19 May 2019 with The Drawing Works. The first fair in the UK dedicated to modern and contemporary drawing


Centro Internazionale d’Arte di Palazzo te, Mantua 21 June – 9 September 2018

Debussy Drawings by Fiona Robinson with Salvatore Sciarrino’s preparatory drawings for his Third piano sonata.


Women with Vision: Frink-Blow-Larson, Women of the RWA, Cornelia Parker: One day this glass will break. 

Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK. 

16 December 2017 – 18 March 2018



Where music and drawing connect

Royal West of England Academy Bristol 1 March – 16 April 2017

Exhibition of work by Fiona Robinson RWA exploring the relationship between drawing and music. http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/drawing-debussy-fiona-robinson

Snatched Moments   Film 3 min. 57 sec.


Stills selected from 58 drawings, graphite, chalk, wax and found material on paper and Japanese tissue, sizes variable, 2014-15. Set to Reverie by Debussy