The Tribal Carvings of Robyn Gordon

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When I first came across Robyn Gordon’s carved figures, I had that “ahh” reaction. Here was something that spoke to me and drew me in. So interesting are each of her carvings, with found objects that she searches for in flea markets, second hand store and from nature around her, that each one demands more than a casual glance.

My father was a printer and many times I helped set type. Robyn’s niches for her “finds” remind me of the boxes that held the type. Maybe that is one of the reasons I was so drawn to her artwork.

Her use of found objects is intrinsic to the completeness of  some of her figures. It is as if she is gathering the history of a culture and proving that nothing is ever lost, that each piece of history creates the whole.

Tribal People

Tribal People

Robyn lives in South Africa and is influenced by African tribal art and tribal art from around the world. She began carving by lamp light with her mother when she was about 8 years of age. Her family  had no electricity and no television. She has a passion that can be seen in her work and a peace that she captures and sends on to the viewer.

Broken Angel

There are her peaceful angels.

Colorful Woman


Barbie and the Woodpecker

Barbie and the Woodpecker

Then she has that quirky bit of humor that I like to think I share.
Her crazy colorful woman Sawabona, is magic. Makes me laugh.

And Barbie and the Woodpecker is priceless.

More of her enchanting work can be seen on her blog Art Propelled and on her Flickr site of the same name.

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  1. india says:

    lovely story and a great site, thanks

  2. Alice says:

    Thank you India. You’re work is very interesting too.

  3. Jeane Myers says:

    This was wonderful – I’m a huge fan of Robyn’s and truly think her work is incredible and deeply felt :)

  4. Alice says:

    Jeane, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. Robyn’s work is wonderful. I was so happy that she agreed to let me feature her work here.

  5. Robyn is a phenomenal artist! Thank you for posting about her work. I just wish I could see it up close and personal.

  6. Alice says:

    You’re welcome Leslie, it was my pleasure. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all just go to Africa to visit Robyn and her work. Sounds like a great road trip to me.
    I went to your blog, a great inspiration for artists. I enjoyed your work.
    Thank you for visiting The Figurative Artbeat. By featuring these artists, my hope is to inspire as well.

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