About Robin Hill
Robin Hill was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1932. A year later his family moved to England, where they lived for seventeen years. It was here, during a boyhood of escaping from restrictive schools to the out-of-doors, that he developed a passion for the natural world and the keen powers of observation so beautifully reflected in his detailed paintings of birds and other wildlife.
Hill's formal training in art began early at the Wimbledon School of Art and continued at the National Gallery of Art School and the Royal Melbourne College. Chafing at the academic regimen, Robin Hill "went bush" for three years - a period of rich experiences in the Australian wilderness so different from the domesticated park lands of England. To support himself during this unstructured immersion in nature and painting, he worked intermittently as a sheep shearer, cowboy, and blacksmith. Eventually, Hill returned to finish his degree in art and design and began his career as an "all round" painter and graphic artist, including a position with ABC — the nascent television station of Australian Broadcasting Commission.
Whether in the bush observing wildlife or in an academic setting, Robin Hill was always developing his art, evolving the talent and techniques that enabled him to pursue his avocation of bird painting. This passion soon overwhelmed other interests, and Hill elected to concentrate exclusively on painting and writing about natural history.
His first exhibition of bird paintings, hosted by the Australian Galleries in Melbourne, was a critical and commercial success, followed by exhibitions in Sydney, Johannesburg, London, New York, and other cities in Australia and the United States. After publishing his first book Bushland and Seashore which won a design award, Hill returned to England for two years and exhibited regularly at the Tryon Gallery in London.
Upon his return to Australia, Robin Hill wrote and illustrated Bush Quest published by Landsdowne Press. This book provided the seminal idea for a nature television series starring Robin Hill produced by ABC. This very popular show Bush Quest With Robin Hill was the first nature documentary series produced by ABC and spawned the series Wild Australia.