Emil Robinson’s work is largely concerned with the figure. Not showy, shocking or provocative figures, but quieter, more sensitive, perhaps even domestic figures. The images are often supremely tender, yet unsparing and resolutely honest. More than simply a figure painter, Emil is well versed in the history and theory of modern art, and as such is keen to explore the boundaries of what a painting really is - an object in its own right, or a representational window. As such his larger scale compositions often feature an abstracted background. Although this seemly places his figures in an imagined space, it is paradoxically a painting of an actual wall design he conceived and executed, adding an extra layer of ‘unreality’ to the image.