In 2011, Robyn discovered a trove of unpublished, handwritten recipes belonging to artist Jackson Pollock at the home he shared with his wife Lee Krasner in the East Hampton hamlet of Springs, NY.
In her subsequent research, including interviews with the friends, family and art world doyens who dined at their table, Lea recognized a powerful connection between Pollock’s art, his love of nature and the ritual of cooking. These three pillars form the basis for her upcoming book, Dinner with Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature, which will be released in April 2015 by Assouline.
The book will be launched in Venice at the Guggenheim in conjunction with the opening and reception of the Charles and Jackson Pollock exhibitions, and the global book launch, in collaboration with Jackson’s niece, Francesca Pollock – who also wrote the foreword for the book.
Contemporary American furniture designer Todd Hase worked with Robyn on a number of their beautiful interior and lifestyle shoots including their Norman château in France and their private home in Palm Beach, Florida.
Todd and his wife Amy, along with their their two daughters divide their time between their home in Southampton, their beach house in Palm Beach and for the remaining three months of the year they soak up French culture in Normandy. They invited Robyn to their ‘Château Thibouville’ to capture it during the height of summer and their Palm Beach home (also featured in the following spreads) the following year.
A year after Robyn’s shoot of Jane Webster’s ‘French Ties’ book, Jane and Peter Webster, invited Robyn to return their beautiful home, Château Bosgouet, in Normandy with interior stylist Graham Moss where she created various stunning interiors stories. These stories have been featured in various global magazines.
The spreads seen here show a mix of the images Robyn shot for Jane's book, alongside published editorials, and even a shot Robyn produced for jewelry client 'Julieri' which seems a beautiful fit alongside the Château's stunning interiors.
Robyn's shoot and written story featuring the Bridgehampton home of James 'Ford' Huniford encapsulates her love of tertiary colors, and rustic textures. Since the original shoot, Robyn has worked with Ford on other exciting collaborations.
A labour of love, Robyn’s Milan Book pays homage to the creative force that drives the city. Launched in 2013, the book was shot and written by Robyn and designed by her collaborators, design firm ERD in Melbourne, Australia. It features some of the most iconic and contemporary thinkers, designers, brands and chefs in Milan today and Robyn's recollections of the years she lived in Milan and the secrets uncovered there.
Sasha Pivovarova and Igor Vishnyakov's art and lifestyle was the focus of Robyn’s shoot and story – on location in their eclectic Williamsburg home, designed and styled by contemporary American furniture designer Todd Hase.
Robyn's editorial, advertising and book commissions have taken her around the world many times. From Capri, St. Petersburg and Beijing, to the Yucatan and Rajasthan, across Eastern Europe by private train and beyond, her images reflect the details and vistas of other lands.
Having grown up in Australia in a artistic family, Robyn has a special connection and affinity with artists and their work. Driven to understand the creative process and the reason artists are compelled to create, Robyn's stories of artists in their spaces have been shot around the world.
Her images of celebrated American artist Ross Bleckner were published in the New York Times, and her subsequent written story explore the world of the artist at home in the Hamptons. The historically significant property was the former home of Truman Capote.
Robyn Lea's passion for portraiture has seen her work grace the covers of high profile magazines and she has become the chosen photographer to shoot personalities as diverse as Carla Sozzani in Milan, Willem Defoe in New York, and Barnaba Fornasetti in his private home in Italy. Fascinated by people, Robyn has also written accompanying stories. Her work has been translated in five languages.
Robyn Lea's feeling for interiors and still life has taken her from the hidden palaces of Milan to the villas of Capri. With a highly developed sensitivity for color and mood, Lea's interiors work has been featured in Elle Decoration UK, Architectural Digest (USA), The New York Times and GCasa. From Paola Lenti in Milan, to the private New York apartment of Graham Moss, Lea embraces each brief with passion and creativity.
Robyn Lea has exhibited her work globally from Russia, to Bangkok, Zimbabwe, Sydney and Milan. With over 10 solo exhibitions to her name including 'Tibet In Exile' at Parliament House in Victoria, Australia, Lea's love of research and learning provides the basis for her projects. Major exhibitions include a Kodak sponsored project 'Dance in Zimbabwe' and an exhibition of her Milan work at The Cube in London in 2014, sponsored by Peroni, Italy.
Robyn's directing career kicked off in Australia in 2004 and since then she has directed big brand TV commercials in fashion, beauty and lifestyle categories. Her recent video documenting Antonio Berardi's collection 'Bellagio' was created in partnership with Peroni Italy, and shot on the banks of Lake Como in northern Italy. The video made its global debut on Vogue Italia's website and it features Lea's beautiful style and approach.
Human Rights Arts Film Festival starring Isabel Lucas. Directed by Robyn Lea.
Directed by Robyn Lea.
Directed by Robyn Lea.
Starring Bonds Ambassador, Sarah Murdoch. Directed by Robyn Lea.