BIOGRAPHY  IN  DETAIL




A W A R D S

1986  1st. Prize, Melton Art Exhibition.
1987  1st. Prize, "Djerriwarrh Festival" Art Show.
1989  "Highly Commended", Bacchus Marsh Rotary, Judge Walter Magilton.
1990  "Highly Commended", Bright Art Show, Judge Alan Sartori.
           "Best Local Artist, Melton Art Show, Judge Edward Berry.
1991  "Best Oil Painting", Melton Art Show, Judge Walter Magilton.
           "Most Popular Painting", Loyola College, Watsonia, Public Vote.
           "Honourable Mention", Box Hill Lions Art Show, Judge Barbera Beasley-
           Southgate.
1993  "Best Overall Painting", Melton Rotary, Judge Hilde Mathiske.
1994  "Best Oil/Acrylic", Torquay Rotary, Judge Don Stuchbery.
           "Best Painting- Any Medium", Torquay Rotary, Judge Don Stuchbery.
           "Highly Commended", Pakenham Art Show, Judge Ramon Horsfield.
           "Best Painting- Up to $500.00", Pakenham A/S, Judge Ron Horsfield.
1995  "Best Painting- Any Medium", Tintern Grammar School, Ringwood Art Show.
1997  "Artist of the Month Nov/Dec", Australian Guild of Realist Artists, Melbourne.
2000  "Best Acrylic", 2000 Bega Valley Regional Gallery Art Awards, Judge John
           Downton.
2001  "Highly Commended", 2001 Bega Valley Regional Gallery Art Awards, Judge
           John Mutsaers.
2003   Wins the 'People's Choice Award' at Bega Valley Regional Gallery Art Awards. 
2004  "Best Mixed Media" Prize at Bega Valley Regional Gallery Art Awards, Judge
           Merv Moriarty.
2005   Equal first in the 'People's Choice Award' at Bega Valley Regional Gallery Art
           Awards.


B I O G R A P H Y & C O L L E C T I O N S

1953  Born in Sydney, moved to Melbourne 1956.
1974  Diploma of Art & Design, Prahran College of Advanced Education.
1975  Diploma of Education, Melbourne State College.
1985  Completed 10 years of Secondary School Teaching and resigned as the Head of
           the Creative Arts Department to start painting part-time and
           established and run the "Mt.Aitken Art Gallery" in Gisborne South, Victoria.          
1986  Melton Council purchased a painting.
1987  Melton Council purchased second painting.
1988  Commissioned to co-ordinate a Bicentennial Mural.
           Mt.Aitken Estates Winery purchased a painting.
1989  Left the Gallery to start full-time painting.
1990  Accepted into the "Australian Guild of Realist Artists".
1991  Abon Engineering purchased a painting.
1993  Accepted into the "Victorian Artists Society".
1994  Published in the book "50 Australian Artists", edited by John Mutsaers.
           2 paintings purchased for the Smorgon Family Collection.
1995  Tintern Anglican Girls Grammar School purchased a painting for their Collection.
           A painting purchased by Selkirk Bricks Company.
           Commissioned to paint a Portrait for ABON Engineering.
1997  Accepted into "The Australian Society of Miniature Art, Victoria".
           Accepted into the "Wildlife Art Society of Australasia".
           Judged the Melbourne High School Art Exhibition.
1998  Delshan Art Gallery purchased paintings for their Private Collection.
2000  With his wife, moved into their new home on the edge of the NSW Far South
           Coast.
2001  Designs and maintains his Website:  www.richardsiemensartist.com        
2002  Invited to participate in the "Biennale Internazionale Dell'arte Contemporanea" in
           Italy.
2003  Richard is labelled an "Ultra-realist Painter", because through composition, colour,
           tone and meticulous detail, a 3-Dimensional illusion is created on his "Quality
           Paintings".
2005  Starts publishing Limited Edition Prints of his latest works as Giclee
           Reproductions.
2008  Photographs the local NSW wilderness coast and then super-imposes his
           photographed local bird life, to create stunning Digital Art Works.  
2010  Richard is listed in the 'Dictionary of Australian Artists Online" (www.daao.org.au)
2014  Published in the book "Sapphire - images and art of the sapphire coast", author,
           Michelle Delle Vergin.
2015  Featured artist and a painting demonstation in 'Artist's Palette' Sept. 2015 Edition
           No 143.


E X H I B I T I O N S

1989  1st. Solo Exhibition at Mt. Aitken Gallery, Gisborne Sth., Victoria.
1990  Group Exhibition at Greenwich Galleries, Williamstown. Vic.
1991  Select Group Exhibition with The Australian Guild of Realist Artists at Mildura Arts
           Centre.
           Solo Exhibition at Balmoral Galleries, Geelong, Victoria.
1992  Group Exhibition at Greenwich Galleries, Williamstown.
1993  Select Group Touring Exhibition with A.G.R.A. at Guild House Camberwell,
           Hamilton & Sale Regional Galleries.
1994  "Moomba" Solo Exhibition at Southgate Complex, South Melbourne.
1995  Group Exhibition at 292 Gallery, Richmond. Vic.
           Select Group Exhibition with A.G.R.A. at Warrnambool Regional Gallery.
          "Spring Carnival" Group Exhibition at Delshan Gallery, Armadale. Vic.
          "Summer" Group Exhibition at 292 Gallery, Richmond, Vic.
          "Various Artists" Group Exhibition at Delshan Gallery, Armadale, Vic.
1996  Solo Exhibition at Delshan Gallery, Armadale, Vic.
          "Still Life" Group Exhibition at Schubert Galleries, Surfers Paradise, Queensland.
           Solo Exhibition at Delshan Gallery, Milton, Queensland.
1997  Group Exhibition with the Combined Australian Society of Miniature Art at
           Melbourne.
           Select Group Exhibition with A.G.R.A., Melbourne Floral Art Show, Royal
           Exhibition Building.
          "Mainly Miniatures" Group Exhibition at Kerry Anne's Akoonah Park Gallery,
           Berwick, Vic.
           Wildlife Art Society of Australasia "Annual Exhibition" at Melbourne.
           "Featured Artist for Nov/Dec" at the Australian Guild of Realist Artists, Melbourne.
1998  Group "Wildlife Exhibition of Excellence" at Kerry Anne's Akoonah Park Gallery,
           Berwick, Vic.
1999  Solo Exhibition at Delshan Gallery, Armadale, Vic.
2001  Group Exhibition at the Athenaeum Club, Collins St. Melbourne.
2002  Major Exhibition by Select Artists "Exhibition of Form" at Delshan Gallery,
           Armadale, Vic.
2003  "Close Up" Solo Exhibition at Delshan Gallery, Armadale, Vic.
           Group "Painters of the Coast 2003" Exhibition at The Forest Gallery, South
           Durras, NSW.
           Group Wildlife Exhibition "Feathers, Fur & Skin" at Dural Galleries, Dural, NSW.
2004  "Eclectic Exhibition of Major Artists from Swinburne University" at Delshan
           Gallery, Victoria.
           Finalist in the "Cromwell's $45,000 Art Prize and Touring Exhibition" to the
           Jackman Gallery, Melbourne, The Art House Hotel, Sydney and the Australian
           Embassy in Washington, USA.
         "Painters from the South Coast" Group Exhibition at Made from Australia Galleries,
          Canberra.
2005  "Eclectic Exhibition of Major Artists from Swinburne University" at Delshan
           Gallery, Victoria.
2006  Touring "Art of the South East Diary and Resource Book" Exhibition by SEAR,
           NSW.
           Group Exhibition "six" at Delshan Gallery, Victoria.
2007  "Painters of the Coast 2007" Group Exhibition at The Forest Gallery, Sth. Durras,
           NSW.
2008  "Eclectic Exhibition of Major Artists from Swinburne University" at Delshan
           Gallery, Victoria.
2010   Finalist in the Basil Sellers $15,000 Art Prize, NSW.
2011   "Coast Watch" Group Exhibition with James Willebrant, Susan Sutton and John
           Sharman at Paintbox Fine Art, Canberra.
2013   "Sea Birds" Exhibition at Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo, NSW.
2014   "Group Exhibition with Steve Harris, Michael Keller and Ross Wilsmore"
           at Without Pier Gallery, Cheltenham, Victoria.
2015   "Flower Feathers & Fish" 3 artists Exhibition at Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo, NSW.




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