Richard Lewer

Biography

Education

Master of Visual Arts, Victoria College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, 2000
Bachelor of Fine Art, Elam School of Fine Art, Auckland University, 1989-1992 

Solo Exhibitions

Sullivan & Strumpf, The Best Thing About Being Away is Coming Home, Sydney, 2016

Hugo Michell Gallery, Believe It or Not, Adelaide, 2015
St Paull’s St Gallery AUT, Custom of the Sea - Wall Drawing and Live Performance, Auckland, 2015
Gow Langsford Gallery, It’s More Than a Game, Auckland, 2015
Sullivan & Strumpf, Parnngurr, Sydney, 2015

Hugo Michell Gallery, Mostly Sunny, Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, 2014

Hugo Michell Gallery, The Ten Commandments, Adelaide, 2013
Fehily Contemporary, 9 Day Swing, Melbourne, 2013

Gertrude Contemporary, Gertrude Edition - Tarot Card Series, Melbourne, 2012
Hugo Michell Gallery, Sometimes All I Look Forward to is Lunch – a collaboration with Tony Garifalakis, Adelaide, 2012
La Trobe University Museum of Art (LUMA), I Must Learn to Like Myself – Library Installation, Melbourne, 2012

Fehily Contemporary, Safe Travels, Melbourne, 2011
Hugo Michell Gallery, Painters and Dockers, Adelaide, 2011
Shepparton Art Gallery, The Drawing Wall Commission and Last Will and Testament, Shepparton, 2011

Hugo Michell Gallery, The Sound of Your Own Breathing, Adelaide, 2010
Melbourne International Art Fair Solo Exhibition, OREX Gallery, New York Stories, Melbourne, 2010
OREX Gallery Solo Exhibition, You Can’t Win ‘Em All, Auckland, 2010
Waikato Museum Survey Exhibition, I Must Learn To Like Myself, Hamilton, 2010

Hugo Michell Gallery, 10 Days in Gunbalanya, Adelaide, 2009
Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces (GCAS) Studio 12 Exhibition, Melbourne, 2009
Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) Survey Exhibition, Nobody likes a Show-Off, Melbourne, 2009

Orex Gallery Solo Exhibition, Fourteen Stations of the Cross, Auckland, 2008

Block Projects, True Stories – Australian Crime, Melbourne, 2007
Orex Gallery, As I stepped out into the bright sunlight, Auckland, 2007
National Art School (NAS) Gallery, It starts as an idle thought and grows into an obsession, Sydney, 2007

Te Tuhi Public Art Gallery, Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, Wall Drawing, Auckland, 2006

Mark Hutchins Gallery Solo Exhibition, It Used to be So Good, Wellington, 2005

Enjoy Project Space Solo Exhibition, In Between, Wellington, 2004
Orex Gallery Solo Exhibition, Impending Doom, Auckland, 2004

Orex Gallery Solo Exhibition, Hits and Memories, Auckland, 2003

Group Exhibitions

Arts Centre, Death, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, 2015
Warrnambool Art Gallery, From the Collection: Gertrude Contemporary Regional Residencies, Warrnambool, 2015

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Memento Mori, Perth, 2014
Ian Potter Museum of Art, Basil Sellers Art Prize, Melbourne, 2014
Art Gallery of South Australia, Dark Heart: Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art – Worse Luck I’m Still Here, Adelaide, 2014

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Group Exhibition Melbourne Now – Northside Boxing Gym Wall Drawing, Melbourne, 2013
Casula Powerhouse, Arts Centre Group Exhibition, Onside, Casula, 2013
Fremantle Arts Centre Group Exhibition, Inside Running – the art of sport, Fremantle, 2013

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Group Exhibition, Negotiating This World, Contemporary Australian Art, Melbourne, 2012
Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) Group Exhibition, Yonder, Perth, 2012 

National Gallery of Victoria, 10 ways to look at the past, Melbourne, 2011
Fehily Contemporary, Introducing our artists, Melbourne, 2011

Heidi Museum of Moden Art, Drawing Project for Freehand: Recent Australian Drawing, Melbourne, 2010
Ian Potter Museum of Art, Basil Sellers Art Prize, Melbourne, 2010
ISCP Open Studios and Salon, Brooklyn, New York, 2010

Ivan Doughty Gallery, Don’t Trust the Artist, Sydney, 2009
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Drawing Exhibition, I Walk the Line, Wall Drawing – 3/3/09, Sydney, 2009

Geelong Gallery, True Crime – Murder and Misdemeanour in Australian Art, Geelong, 2008
Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Better Places, Perth, 2008
Ian Potter Museum of Art, Basil Sellers Art Prize, Melbourne, 2008
Fremantle Arts Centre, Bon Scott Project, Fremantle, 2008

Sophie Gannon Gallery, Crime Lines, Melbourne, 2007
King Street Gallery, Other Worlds, Sydney, 2007
Conical Inc Upstairs, Bracket Creep – A Projected Committee, Melbourne, 2007
VCA Gallery, Zonal Marx Drawing Exhibition, Wall Drawing – Don’t Look at Me Bitch, Melbourne, 2007

Canberra Contemporary Art Centre, Someone shows something to someone, Canberra, 2006
Ian Potter Museum of Art, Game on! Sport and contemporary art, Melbourne, 2006
Boutwell Draper Gallery, Who Care’s, Sydney, 2006
Sarjeant Gallery, Commodity and Delight – Views of Home, Wanganui, 2006

Ocular Lab Exhibition, Untitled Situation, Melbourne, 2005
Physics Room, Final Product, Christchurch, 2005

The Physics Room, Rear Window, Christchurch, 2004

Adam Art Gallery, Practice, Wellington, 2003
Govett Brewster Contemporary Art Museum, Break, New Plymouth, 2003

Conical Gallery, Adrift – Nomadic New Zealand Art, Melbourne, 2001

Awards / Commissions / Grants

Albany Art Award, Albany, 2015
Blake Prize, Sydney, 2014
Black Swan Portraiture Award, Perth, 2013
National Works on Paper Drawing Award, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, 2010
Maddocks Venice Art Award, Melbourne, 2008
Wallace Art Paramount Award, Auckland, 2008
2D Norsewear Art Award, Hastings, 2006
National Painting and Printmaking Award, WSA, Hamilton, 2005
Merit Award, Inaugural National Drawing Exhibition, New Zealand, 2003

Video

“The Sound of Your Own Breathing”, three hand-drawn animations about sport on BluRay Disc, 2010
The Committee”, Northside Boxing Club, Melbourne, Committee Meeting on DVD, 2007
“Wall Drawing – Don’t Look at Me….”, Wall drawing in time lapse on DVD, 2007
“Skill, Discipline, Training”, hand-drawn animation about a gymnastics coach with a secret on DVD, 2006
“In Between”, Wellington International Film Festival, 2005
“In Between”, three hand-drawn animations about ghost experiences on DVD, 2004
Fista Cuffs”, a documentary on the Adrift Exhibition boxing work involving artists Richie “The Rash” Lewer & Luke “Cool Hands” Sinclair by Michael Metzner, Snapper Screens, 2001

Residencies

Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany, WA, 2016
Parnngurr Community (Martumili Artists), Western Desert, WA, 2014
Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, Perth, 2012
ISCP, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 2010
Colin McCahon Residency, Titirangi, New Zealand, 2008
Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces (GCAS), Melbourne, Australia, 2008-2010
The Cage Studio, VCA Drawing Department, Melbourne, Australia, 2007
St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, 2006
UCOL, Wanganui, New Zealand, 2004 

Collections

Art Gallery of South Australia
Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA)                                                                           
Melbourne University Ian Potter Museum                                                                              
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
University of Auckland
University of Waikato 
Victoria University
Waikato Museum