2012 GERTRUDE EDITION BY RICHARD LEWER
Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to announce that this year’s Gertrude Edition is by Richard Lewer. For this year’s limited edition artwork internationally acclaimed artist Richard Lewer has created 78 unique, hand painted works, each of which represent a Tarot card. Art Artwork from Australia - Gertrude Contemporary
Comprising all of the cards in the Tarot deck these works continue Lewer’s investigations into the extremes of human behaviour. In each of the 78 works, Lewer employs his distinctive expressive painting style to engage us in the battle between good and evil, darkness and light, all seen through his viscerally humorous lens.
In creating the series, Richard Lewer referred to a number of historical precedents including the 15th Century Visconti-Sforza deck, one of the earliest surviving examples of tarot imagery. Here, Lewer found common ground between narratives that have been central to his oeuvre and in imagery that for centuries has been used to reveal the self and divine the future.
Lewer is one of Australasia’s most eminent painters whose work has been shown extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand and internationally. His work features in significant national collections such as the Art Gallery of South Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. He has had significant solo exhibitions surveying his practice at Monash University Museum of Art and at the Waikato Museum, New Zealand, as well as showing in a number of important group exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.
The Gertrude Editions are a series of new limited edition works of art, released annually on the occasion of the Gertrude Studios exhibition. The Gertrude Editions have been developed to raise funds in support of Gertrude Contemporary, and to promote the connection between current studio artists and previous generations of leading Australian artists who have held studios and /or exhibitions at Gertrude Contemporary.
The work has been generously donated by Richard Lewer, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.
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