DEERWOOD -- George Robinson's ink drawings of dead birds and self portraits explore the elements of line, color, shape and texture to create harmonious works of intricate beauty. An exhibit of Robinson's drawings continues through March at Ripple River Gallery south of Deerwood.
The Shoreview resident retired as professor of fine arts and chairperson of the department of fine arts at Bethel College in Arden Hills. He has exhibited his work in more than 100 exhibits.
"The content of my work is, for the most part, biographical in nature," he said. "It develops as my personal experiences and thoughts as a Christian, artist, teacher, husband, father, lover, friend and passenger on this Spaceship Earth."
One series of self portraits, which Robinson calls "Journal Drawings," was completed during his yearlong sabbatical from teaching at Bethel College. Each portrait is accompanied by a journal entry.
The exhibit also features dead bird drawings, which Robinson sees as a metaphor for resurrection or rebirth.
The Ripple River Gallery exhibit includes Robinson's drawings of dead birds.
"Some viewers see the birds as morbid or ugly, but I see in them the beauty of line, color, texture and shape," Robinson said.
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