Greg A. Robinson (b. 1957), produces work in multiple mediums, primarily in the style of the Chinookan peoples of the middle to lower Columbia River and Willapa Bay.
He sold his first art piece in junior high school.
Being unable to be kept indoors from the earliest of ages spawned his love of wildlife, nature and the outdoors. He is primarily self taught, having been an artist since childhood, his early fascination for tribal art began, after receiving a small carved canoe as a gift.
Working primarily in wood, large stone, bone, and acrylic paints, he draws inspiration and technical knowledge from his own studies of ancient and contemporary works; in private and museum collections, to include the Portland Art Museum and the Burke Museum. His past and current works respect the traditions of Chinookan form, and pay tribute to the Columbia River Ancestors without whom the art, life, stories and culture would not exist.
Originally, he used his art skills in his long career as a thinwall plasterer. When creating beauty within homes, many wondered how he could seemingly easily produce such skillful handiwork. Answer: He’s an artist. Plastering is just another form of art.
In the Fall of 2003, construction began on a full scale traditional plankhouse at the archeological site of Cathlapotle, a settlement of the Chinookan people now located in the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Robinson was the acting construction manager and tribal liaison for the project, overseeing the preparation of the red cedar logs and advocating for the traditional aspects of the house. He received the Deptartment of the Interior’s Cooperative Conservation Award in 2005 for his involvement in the project.
In addition to creating art, Robinson contracts for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde as an instructor for the Lifeways cultural program, teaching a variety of carving, painting, design and outdoor curriculums for tribal members.
Through his art and instruction he hopes to inspire future Chinookan artisans.
You can view Greg’s public art commissions at the Multnomah Falls Interpretive Center in Oregon, the Tayi Stone in the Chinook Plaza, at Parker’s Landing Historical Park in Camas, Washington, the Tilikum Crossing pedestrian bridge in Portland OR, the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland OR, and many other works at Quintana Galleries in Portland, Oregon, or Steinbrueck Native