Richard Lewer Born in Hamilton in 1970, Richard Lewer trained at Elam. He holds a Master of Visual Arts from the Victoria College of Arts at the University of Melbourne and exhibits regularly in both New Zealand and Australia.
Winner of the 2008 Wallace Art Awards, Lewer took up the ISCP Residency in New York in February 2010. nLewer was a finalist in the inaugural 2008 Basil Sellers Art Prize and again in 2010, making him the only artist to have been nominated twice. In 2009 Lewer was the subject of a major retrospective at Monash University Museum of Art and a second major retrospective, I must learn to like myself, was exhibited at the Waikato Museum in 2010.
Lewer also completed the much sought-after McCahon House Residency in 2008. His work is represented in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Te Papa Tongarewa, Waikato Museum, The Monash University Museum of Art, the University of Auckland, the Art Bank Collection and the Wallace Trust, as well as many private collections throughout New Zealand and Australia.
Basing works on non-fictional events and people, all the while retaining little bits of information to allow us to think about similarities between our own experience and his. His ability to evoke a mood with child-like writing or through the monochromatic drawing of a nun or strangely familiar family portraits, is what makes Lewer, the local Hamiltonian, international. Lewer’s figurative stylisation has the deceptive facade of naïve or bad art, but his works are actually highly controlled compositions, opening up tapu* subjects like death, missing persons, stalking, voyeurism and confessional disclosure.
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