b. 1970, New Zealand
Lives in Western Australia
Richard exhibits regularly in Australia and New Zealand and is known for his paintings and delicately beautiful drawings which evocatively rework some of life’s less pleasant elements – crime scenes, illness, horror movies and extreme events. The work is accessible, familiar, with a critical edge that probes what is beautiful and sinister about our society without injecting a moralizing tone or political message. Lewer’s focus is, however, less concerned with telling the concrete facts of an case instead his work explores the way that places can become repositories for the psychic residue of extreme events, painful activities or our deepest fears.
Lewer has been exhibiting for more than twenty years and has an established reputation in Australasia. Notable achievements include inclusion in exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne2013, 2012, 2011), Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) Perth (2012), Canberra Contemporary Art Centre (2006) and the Adam Art Gallery, Wellington (2003). He is the recipient of many awards, namely the Black Swan Portraiture Award, Perth (2013), National Works on Paper Drawing Award, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria (2010), Maddocks Venice Art Award, Melbourne (2008) and the Wallace Art Paramount Award, Auckland (2008). His works are held in several public collections including the Art Gallery of South Australia, Monash University Museum of Art, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Lewer has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University, 1992) and a Master of Visual Arts (Victoria College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, 2000). He is currently based in Western Australia.