Artbomb – Robyn McMullan

Artbomb is not your average exhibition.  Artbomb: connect + create brings together local artists, our local community and Hurstville Museum & Gallery in a slow release explosion of creativity and artistic expression. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to meet and collaborate with artists, as they work within our space. Come in and reconnect.

On Tuesday 23 June 2020 between 10.00am – 1.00pm, visitors will be able to chat with and observe artist Robyn McMullan in the gallery space of Hurstville Museum & Gallery. We were able to ask Robyn a few questions in regard to her practice.


Robyn McMullan, Dig III, Mixed media on paper.

Can you give us an insight into your artistic process? Is your work pre-planned or created intuitively? How long does each work take to complete?

I work in multiple mediums, sometimes combined on the substrate. It’s mostly intuitive; doing a layer to multiple pieces in a series and then I look back over them over a matter of weeks.

Can you explain your technique; how you manipulate the medium?

Whilst I have an idea of how each piece is to develop, they often change as they are worked back and forth making marks responding to those marks until the feeling sought after has been expressed.

paua shell sky

Robyn McMullan, Ripping open your paua shell skies, Watercolour and chalk on paper.

Do you keep some kind of ongoing drawing book or diary? Or a collection of images or photographs for inspiration?

I have multiple visual journals, which are mostly chronological, but I do go back to ideas and details from years ago to find parallels. I’ve found it useful to have separate notebooks to jot down ideas rather than making them in the visual diaries, though I do make notes of poetry and quotes in my sketchbooks.

Who are your favorite artists? Who do you draw inspiration from?

Currently I am looking at the work of John Wolesley, over many years though I have taken inspiration from Helen Frankenthaler, Miro, Cy Twombly, Susan Rothenburg, Mark Rothko, Ralph Hotere, France Hodgkins, Fiona Hall, William Kentridge to name a few.

Try at home: Download the activity sheet and have a go at your own enso circle drawing.

Follow Robyn on Instagram: @rl_mcmullan   @themessyinktrovert

Artbomb will be on display at Hurstville Museum & Gallery from 9 June – 26 July 2020.

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