The 2020 Australian Print Workshop Collie Print Trust Printmaking Fellowship was awarded to Richard Lewer.
Richard’s practice encompasses a broad range of media, including painting, drawing, animation, video and performance. His subjects deal with the dramas and tragedies of everyday life, found in sport, crime and religion.
Richard’s work has been exhibited widely and is represented in major public collections throughout Australia and overseas including: Art Gallery of South Australia (Adelaide); Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, New Zealand); National Gallery of Australia (Canberra); National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne); and Waikato Museum (Hamilton, New Zealand). Among the significant art prizes Richard has won are the Basil Sellers Art Award (2016), the Blake Prize (2014) and the National Works on Paper Drawing Award (2010).
We were very pleased to be able to deliver a supply of lithographic plates and drawing materials to Richard’s studio prior to Melbourne’s “Stage 4” lockdown. Collaborating with Richard during lockdown has had its challenges, but with the assistance of video conferencing APW Printers have been able to work with Richard in a “COVID safe” way to demonstrate and explain a range of lithographic techniques. We look forward to being able to return to the print studio to proof and edition the works when restrictions have eased.
Richard’s suite of lithographs will be launched in an exhibition at the APW Gallery planned for 2021.