REVIEW 2012It’s that time of the year when one looks back on the past 12 months and does an ‘art stocktake’.

I returned to my home on March 18, after 12 months on the Australian mainland, 8 months of my time away being spent in Far North Queensland. It was certainly a life-changing experience and I suspect it had a lot to do with the following 9 months that saw me produce about 50 paintings, many of which are destined for my one-man show this coming March.

Award-wise it was a very successful year, as I won 3 art prizes, gained 2 judges’ commendations and I’m being featured in 2 of next year’s calendars.

This year saw me delve into pastels and lately, oil painting. I hope to develop both of these areas further in the year ahead.

Subject-wise I concentrated on ‘rocks’ for the first half of the year and in the past 3 months I’ve introduced a new theme, that being ‘bricks’, an integral part of my intent to develop a more abstract way of thinking.

Australian artists Fred Williams and John Olsen have had the greatest influence on my work this year. I have also spent time researching the work of Albert Namatjira and Georges Seurat.

I have chosen 5 of my favourite paintings for the year (from the top):

1. Northern Landscape DNA

2. Zen Landscape, Southern Midlands

3. Crevice, Mallacoota

4. Tasmanian Landscape DNA 2.

5. Afternoon Shadows near Chillagoe

Despite my late start to the year, I am pleased with what I’ve achieved, but now it’s time to think about next year. I like to start each year with a set of goals and in my next post I shall discuss those that I would like to achieve in 2013.


About artkleko

artist, art curator, art teacher, art judge, art critic
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6 Responses to 2012 IN REVIEW

  1. You certainly have had a great year Richard. Well done.

  2. I agree with your choices, you have some of my favourite of your paintings in this list. Though I don’t remember seeing the Crevice one before and that could be my favourite. Well Done a great years work. Karen

  3. What a wonderful successful art year for you Richard! Well done! Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful pieces in 2013. Happy New Year to you and your family! 🙂

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