I first stumbled across the beautiful work of Mimby Jones Robinson in Melbourne’s street-art-central Hosier Lane in 2013. It immediately stood out to me.
There were probably more than 200 other murals in those laneways but in my opinion no other piece was so unique. I checked the artist’s signature, took a couple of pics and hoped I would see more in the future.
Mimby Jones Robinson – an interview.
I actually didn’t happen upon another one of Mimby’s street art murals for many years. In fact it wasn’t until three years later. But as soon as I spied one I knew it had to be hers.
Those vibrant colours, that face and the positive energy exuding from the work. What a signature! Instantly recognizable. Mimby Jones Robinson possesses a style like no other.
I wondered if I could track-her-down somehow to ask her about her work and motivations. And it turns out I could and I did. So please see below a feature on Mimby’s work and motivations ~ in her own words.
You have a unique and very colourful style with your murals. What was your inspiration for this style of art?
“My world is filled with loads of colour and artwork so it was always going to be a natural extension for me to paint in a rainbow palette. For me personally I draw no line between my life and my canvas. I love covering my clothes, body and surroundings in paint and glitter. It makes me happy and inspires my work…
I have been painting colourful paintings and murals for over 10 years now. I paint large colourful Goddesses on the streets to celebrate all women- the mothers, the sisters, the daughters, the grandmothers.”
Would you say there a slight geisha vibe to some of the faces you paint?
“Sometimes there is but I never know who is going to come through on canvas/ a wall with the women I paint. I generally have a slight idea of what I want created but it is always a surprise to me when I paint the faces as the process is quite spontaneous. My Goddesses are always an extension of me and my world.”
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So Bowie. What does he mean to you?
“I was in the studio a month ago listening to Bowie while I painted when I decided to paint him. I always seem to listen to Bowie whenever I want to get in the zone. He is one of the most fabulous humans to have graced the earth so it felt right to recreate him in my style with flowers in his hair and surrounded by Queen Bees. I rarely paint men and when I do they always end up looking like women anyway which made painting Bowie so easy.”
Mimby Jones Robinson has carved a unique and colourful niche in the street art scene both in Australia and beyond. Even a hack like me can spot her work from a distance and three years after the last occasion. Not bad.
Now based in Adelaide after many years in Melbourne painting stints in both Paris and Berlin await Mimby. Put quite simply the more of the world that gets to see her work the better. For her and for us.
Recently I spied some updated Mimby Jones Robinson art over-the-top of one of her earlier works in Fitzroy. Mimby has outdone herself with this mural. This goddess spills forth colour and beauty like a volcano of pigments. Such a beautiful face.
No wonder to date (as of December 2018) this image has been shared more than 6000 times on social media!
- You can purchase Mimby Jones Robinson art on Etsy. (Including her recent
David Bowie piece)
- Check out Mimby’s colourful (of course) website for more. Including commissions.
- Simply search Mimby Jones Robinson on Facebook & Insta to keep up-to-date
Photography unless otherwise credited by Sophie Argiriou.