Born 1970 Hamilton, New Zealand. Lives and works Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Richard Lewer’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.
Lewer has exhibited nationally and internationally. Selected exhibitions include Parnngurr, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney (2015); Basil Sellers Art Prize, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2014); Dark Heart: 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2014); Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); Inside Running – The Art of Sport, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle (2013); Negotiating This World: Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2012); 10 Ways to Look at the Past, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2011); Freehand: Recent Australian Drawing, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2010); and I Walk the Line: Recent Australian Drawing, MCA, Sydney (2009). His work has also been surveyed in the exhibitions I Must Learn To Like Myself at the Waikato Museum of New Zealand (2010) and Nobody Likes a Show-Off at Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2009).
Lewer’s work is held numerous collections including the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Victoria University, Melbourne; and Waikato Museum, Hamilton, New Zealand.