Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson

Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson

“One Day in Mea She’arim”
50″ x 45.75″
Acrylic and fabric on paper
Value: $9,500

Hammond Harkins Galleries

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Born in 1940, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson was raised in Columbus, Ohio, in the close-knit community of Poindexter Village. She received her formal art training at the Columbus Art School (now the C.C.A.D.) and was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellows grant in 2004.

Robinson was prolific her entire life. Her diverse body of work ranges from drawings and woodcuts to complex sculptures made from natural and synthetic materials, such as twigs, carved leather, music boxes, and “hogmawg,” a material composed of mud, grease, dyes and glue. The artist is represented in museums and galleries, including the Columbus Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. She passed away in May 2015.

“Some of the places I visited, like Mea She’arim and the old synagogue in Safed, were sacred, and since I couldn’t draw there I did penetrations and drew when I got back to the hotel. I took in the three religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – I saw a whole spectrum of people and they were all sacred.” – Aminah Robinson

Aminah’s piece “One Day in Mea She’arim” will be featured in Art for Life on September 15. See more of her work here:



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