Joey M. Robinson's "New Beginnings" Opens March 10 at Calm Rain Studio
Contact:  Eba Yao Hilario, Calm Rain Studio, (206) 860-3974

Seattle artist Joey M. Robinson (Black Maids Tribute, Movement), will introduce New Beginnings, his new collection of abstract paper cuttings, portraits and collages, March 10 at Calm Rain Studio, 1825 S. Jackson Street, Seattle.

Mr. Robinson brings elements of Tribute and Movement to his new work, fusing color, texture and context in his own distinctive style.  New images of Lena Baker, who received a posthumous pardon last year from the State of Georgia after her racially-driven execution in 1945 gained national attention, complement the Baker portraits Robinson created for Tribute, two of which now appear on the set of the ABC drama series "Grey's Anatomy."

Mr. Robinson also introduces his first abstract images of Pullman Porters, the storied train attendants who maintained and transcended the color line on board the long-distance trains that carried millions of passengers in the hundred years between the end of slavery and the advent of jet travel. New Beginnings also includes new images in acrylic on paper and canvas from his ongoing Movement series.

Mr. Robinson will be at Calm Rain Studio Friday evening, March 10 from 5:00 until 10:00. The show will run through March 31.  He may be reached at (206) 979-2095 and at .

Joey Robinson is an abstract painter, portrait artist and storyteller who lives in Seattle. His work has been featured on ABC's TV drama "Grey's Anatomy" and on the front pages of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (P-I), the Seattle Times, and the King County Journal.

His 2003 show "Movement" at the Pitcairn Scott Gallery caught media attention for its massive canvases and bold tropical colors that captured mood and motion in fresh new ways. His 2005 "Black Maids Tribute" at the Art Institute of Seattle told in simple words and stark, compelling images, the stories of African American women who served as domestic servants.

Growing up the youngest of five children, he early on developed an interest in crayons and paint and a passion to create original art. His family lived in the Hayes Homes projects in Newark, New Jersey until he was ten, then moved to a Mies VanDer Rohe apartment building in Newark when his mother, a Newark social worker, earned enough to move the family to a better home. The new building's minimalist environment cleared Joey's palate and prepared his hand and eye for the kind of pure form and color he creates today on canvas and paper.

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