Born in Macon, Georgia and raised in Tifton Georgia, Gena Brodie Robbins attended the University of Southern Maine and graduated with a BFA in Art Education in 1995 from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. Shortly after graduating from VSU, Brodie continued her studies in fine art throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Traditional drawing and painting skills were explored and refined through artist retreats and workshops while attending the La Bonne Etoile in Fontaine-Fourches, France, The Scottsdale Artists’ school in Scottsdale, Arizona, and The Art Students’ League in New York City.
Brodie was awarded the Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005 where she was also awarded the New York Studio Space Scholarship held at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in N.Y., New York. Brodie was also awarded internships at the Triangle Artist Workshop in Brooklyn and at Exit Art Gallery in New York City.
Once Brodie completed internships in New York, and graduated from SCAD, Brodie then co-founded and directed Hollingsworth Gallery in Palm Coast, Florida curating international and national shows that exhibited world renown artists such as Ilker Yardimski, Patrick McGrath Muniz, Matthew Litteken, and Greg Fugua. While in Florida, Brodie was awarded the Florida Artist’s Group’s Richard Dean Andruk Award curated by Sam Gilliam.
Eventually returning to Savannah, Ga., Brodie joined the foundations department, teaching drawing and design courses at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She also worked for Unclaimed Freight Productions and Meddin Studios creating portraits of Lucy Stubbs (Jamie Alexander), Christmas Moultrie (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and other props for the feature film, “Savannah” directed by Annette Heyward-Carter.
Brodie is mostly known for her large scale mixed media works investigating the ephemeral states of light and existence through the application of bold aggressive strokes of color and the washing out and bringing back of essential imagery. Brodie has exhibited in China, France, and the U.S. and is widely collected. Selected solo and group exhibitions include: The Leepa-Rattner Museum in Tampa, Florida, The Phoenix Center for the Arts, Tifton Museum of Art and Heritage in Tifton, Ga., Valdosta National at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga., Gutstein Gallery in Savannah, Ga., Savannah International Airport, Gertrude Herbert in Augusta, Ga., Terminus in Atlanta, Ga., Callanwolde in Decatur, Ga., The Quinlan Art Center, in Gainesville, Ga., and dk Gallery in Marietta, Ga.
Brodie is in many permanent collections, including, Abraham Baldwin College, Michele Roux, (Top American Art Collectors, US News and World Report) Crillon Imports, Former CEO Absolute Vodka, Banko Design Firm, Atlanta GA, DeWoskin Law Firm, Decatur, GA, West Elm, Atlanta, GA, Northside Hospital, Forsyth and Midtown, GA, and, Hotel La Coquillade, Gargas, France.
Robbins’ work is mainly abstract, and can be quite large scale. She is known for her mixed media expressive abstract figurative works, but has much experience painting in acrylic, alkyds, oil, gouache and watercolor, as well as all types of drawing mediums in both the abstract and realistic manner. Robbins has taught workshops for art educators at the state level, taught design and drawing courses at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. and various figurative, portrait, color theory and abstract painting workshops across the nation.
Robbins is currently represented by Timpson Creek Gallery in Clayton, Ga., SCAD Exhibitions in Savannah, Ga. She has held past representation at dk Gallery. Robbins maintains a working art studio at the Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford, Ga., and will be having an upcoming solo exhibition at the Quinlan Center for the Arts in their main gallery in August of 2021.