Robin Wu

Paintbox Tutor & Artist

I am an artist based in Edinburgh where I have a WASPS studio.

My practice is based in drawing, painting and some printmaking too. My point of departure is always to get and about into the world – whether that’s a walk in the city, a visit to a garden (a keen interest) or the wilder landscape – I wander, observe and draw. Back in the studio I then make work that is about place and landscape transformed through memory and colour. I am interested in allowing paintings to evolve in a very responsive manner from the seed of a memory into something new and unexpected.

I love making work as it connects me in a complex way to the places, people and world around me and it also facilitates and enriches my teaching practice (and vice versa!).

I studied on Art Foundation at Central Saint Martins in the 90s before going on to Camberwell College of Art for my degree and then doing The Painting Course at Leith School of Art. I then went on to win a scholarship place on ‘The Drawing Year’ at the Royal Drawing School in 2008.

I have been teaching at Paintbox for over 5 years now and I absolutely love it – working alongside the students in our beautiful studios, or the gardens and allotments or along the gritty coastal landscape. There’s so much amazing subject matter to work with and a very supportive environment where we all learn a lot – myself very much included!

I teach the Drawing, Painting & Mixed Media course (year long), short courses and workshops and I am also the Summer Schools manager.

Other passions in no particular order of preference include mushrooms (finding, picking and eating), cats (being owned by a vicious but loving one), food (cooking, eating, baking, planning – occasionally I work as a private chef), walking (everywhere and anywhere), plants (not very good at looking after but do love gardens – including for drawing).