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Roland Corbin, a visionary artist born in 1978 in Edinburgh, UK, embarks on a creative journey that seamlessly weaves together elements of ornithology, entomology, impressionism, mythology, and symbolism. Immersed in the enchanting realms of both the natural and mythological worlds, Roland's art becomes a vibrant tapestry of meanings and interpretations.

Roland Corbin's artistic journey is intimately intertwined with his deep love and connection to the ocean. Drawn to the vastness and ever-changing beauty of the sea, he finds inspiration in its mesmerising hues, rhythmic waves, and the captivating life that thrives beneath its surface. The ocean's allure beckons him to explore its mysteries and intricacies, capturing its essence through his art. Roland's depictions of the ocean evoke a sense of tranquility, awe, and the profound power that lies within its depths. Whether through the vibrant colours of a sunset over the horizon or the delicate interplay of light on the water's surface, his artwork reflects the undeniable majesty and serenity of the ocean. With each brushstroke, Roland pays homage to the ocean's boundless beauty, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in its timeless and enchanting embrace.

Drawing inspiration from the animal and plant kingdoms, Roland's keen eye uncovers not only the inherent beauty and symmetry but also the symbolic significance that lies within. Guided by his deep fascination with mythology, he infuses his artwork with allegorical elements, inviting viewers to explore the profound connections between the natural world and the rich tapestry of human imagination.

In his artistic practice, Roland skillfully embraces the impressionist style, capturing the essence of fleeting moments with expressive brushstrokes and the interplay of light and colour. This dynamic approach enables him to convey not just visual aesthetics but also the underlying emotions and narratives that resonate with mythological and symbolic undertones.

Through symbolism, Roland's art transcends the boundaries of the physical realm, delving into the collective unconscious and universal archetypes. Each stroke of his brush holds meaning, reflecting his deep understanding of the intricate interplay between nature, mythology, and the human experience. His creations become gateways to hidden realms, inviting viewers to embark on a journey of introspection and discovery.

Roland Corbin's artistic endeavours merge the realms of ornithology, entomology, impressionism, mythology, symbolism and his love of the sea into a captivating fusion. By intertwining these diverse influences, he creates a visual language that speaks to the profound interconnectedness of the natural and mythical worlds, offering glimpses into the deeper layers of meaning that shape our existence.

In 2000, Roland Corbin accomplished a remarkable milestone in his artistic journey, obtaining a BA (1st Class Hons) in Fine Art from the prestigious Edinburgh College of Art. His exceptional talent and dedication were recognised with the prestigious Catriona White Prize, a testament to his remarkable skill and artistic vision.

Following his triumph, Roland's artistic pursuits took him even further as he was honoured with the esteemed John Kinross Scholarship from the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA). This opportunity led him to spend four transformative months in Florence, where he immersed himself in the vibrant artistic atmosphere. The luminous light and captivating colours of Florence made an indelible impression on his artistic sensibilities, shaping his creative expression in profound ways.

Roland's artistic journey also took him across the Atlantic, where he was awarded a Merit Scholarship from the New York Academy of Arts during his master's course in America. This experience provided him with invaluable insights and exposure to diverse artistic perspectives, further enriching his artistic repertoire.

Recognitions and accolades continued to adorn Roland's artistic path. In 2009, he received The Morton Fraser Award from Visual Arts Scotland, an organisation that celebrates and supports contemporary visual arts in Scotland. Roland's artwork has been showcased in numerous group exhibitions of great distinction, including The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition in London and the Royal Institute in Painters in Watercolour Exhibition at Mall Galleries, London. Additionally, he has twice contributed to The Elephant Family, a charitable organisation that focuses on wildlife conservation through art.

Roland Corbin's captivating artwork has garnered international acclaim, with his pieces finding a cherished place in private collections around the world. From Hong Kong to New Zealand, Montenegro to the United States, and throughout his native United Kingdom, his artwork has found homes among art enthusiasts and collectors who appreciate the depth and beauty of his creations.

Currently, Roland resides in London, where he continues to immerse himself in the vibrant artistic scene, drawing inspiration from the city's dynamic energy and diverse artistic influences. It is within this inspiring environment that he lives and works, honing his craft and capturing the essence of the natural world through his extraordinary artistic vision.

Education:

  • New York Academy of Art: 2002-03, MA in Drawing

  • Edinburgh College of Art: 1996-2000, BA (Hons), First Class

 

Exhibitions:

 

2021:

  • The Open Eye Gallery: "On a Small Scale, Christmas Exhibition" in Edinburgh

  • Childwickbury Christmas Art Fair in Hertfordshire

  • Childwickbury Summer Art Fair in Hertfordshire

2020:

  • The Open Eye Gallery: "On a Small Scale, Christmas Exhibition" in Edinburgh

2019:

  • Childwickbury Christmas Art Fair in Hertfordshire

  • The Open Eye Gallery: "On a Small Scale, Christmas Exhibition" in Edinburgh

  • Chester Art Fair in Chester

  • Patchings Art Festival in Nottingham

  • Childwickbury Art Fair in Hertfordshire

  • Wade Gallery Summer Exhibition in Fife

2018:

  • Childwickbury Christmas Art Fair in Hertfordshire

  • The Open Eye Gallery: "On a Small Scale, Christmas Exhibition" in Edinburgh

  • Childwickbury Art Fair in Hertfordshire

  • Wade Gallery Summer Exhibition in Fife

2017:

  • The Open Eye Gallery: "On a Small Scale, Christmas Exhibition" in Edinburgh

  • Royal Scottish Academy: "Ages of Wonder" at The Mound in Edinburgh

  • Childwickbury Christmas Art Fair in Hertfordshire

  • Pittenweem Arts Festival

  • The Jerram Gallery: Summer Exhibition

  • Wade Gallery Summer Exhibition in Fife

  • Childwickbury Art Fair in Hertfordshire

  • Dower House Gallery in Hampshire

  • Weem Gallery in Fife

  • The Pastel Society 118th Annual Exhibition in London

  • Jonathan Cooper: "New Year, New Art" in London

2016:

  • The Jerram Gallery: Christmas Exhibition in Sherborne

  • The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts: 153rd Annual Exhibition in Glasgow

  • Open Eye Gallery: "On a Small Scale, Annual Exhibition" in Edinburgh

  • Wade Gallery Summer Exhibition in Fife

  • Weem Gallery in Fife

  • Jonathan Cooper: "Green & Pleasant Land" in London

  • The Pastel Society 117th Annual Exhibition in London

  • Jonathan Cooper: "New Year, New Art" in London

2015:

  • Wade Gallery Summer Exhibition in Fife

  • Islington Art Fair in London

2014:

  • BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair in London

  • Jonathan Cooper Gallery: "Still Life & Flowers" in London

2013:

  • Jonathan Cooper: "Christmas Exhibition: New Contemporaries" in London

  • Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours: Annual Exhibition in London

2012:

  • Open Eye Gallery: "On a Small Scale, Annual Exhibition" in Edinburgh

  • The Sunday Times Water Colour Competition in London

  • Elephant Family: "The Big Egg Hunt" in London

  • RSA Visual Arts Scotland: Annual Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy

2011:

  • Open Eye Gallery: "On a Small Scale, Annual Exhibition" in Edinburgh

  • Axolotl Christmas Show in Edinburgh

  • Elephant Family: "Jungle City" in Edinburgh

  • Giant Birds Exhibition at Aikwood Tower in Selkirk

  • RSA Visual Arts Scotland: Annual Exhibition at the National Gallery in Edinburgh

  • Affordable Art Fair in London

2010:

  • RSA Visual Arts Scotland: Annual Exhibition at the National Gallery in Edinburgh

  • Open Eye Gallery: "On a Small Scale, Annual Exhibition" in Edinburgh

  • Solo Show: "Wings, Scales and Neon" at Axolotl Gallery in Edinburgh

  • Affordable Art Fair in London

  • Axolotl Gallery, Edinburgh

2009:

  • On a Small Scale, Annual Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh

  • RSA Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition at City Art Centre in Edinburgh

2001:

  • Royal Scottish Academy: The John Kinross Scholarship to Florence Exhibition at Roter Salon in Edinburgh

2000:

  • Catriona White Prize: Solo Show at Edinburgh College of Art

  • Royal Scottish Academy Annual Student Exhibition in Edinburgh

 

Awards:

2016:

  • Caran d'Ache Award, Pastel Society at Mall Galleries in London

2009:

  • The Morton Fraser Award, Visual Arts Scotland at City Art Centre in Edinburgh

2002:

  • The New York Academy of Art Merit Scholarship in New York

2000:

  • The John Kinross Scholarship to Florence, Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh

  • The Catriona White Prize, Edinburgh College of Art

1997:

  • Andrew Grant Travel Fund, Edinburgh College of Art

 

Collections:

  • Edinburgh College of Art (University of Edinburgh)

  • Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

  • Giclee UK at Summerhall in Edinburgh

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