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RICHARD SIEMENS ARTIST


Studio:       15 Tillabudgery Court, Bermagui. N.S.W.  Australia.
Mail:            P.O. Box 173 Bermagui. N.S.W. Australia. 2546.
Phone:        (02) 6493 3412  
                      (To phone from outside Australia: +61 2 6493 3412 )

Email:         richardsiemens@outlook.com
Website:     www.richardsiemensartist.com



BIOGRAPHY


Born 1953 in Sydney, Richard moved to Melbourne in 1956.  He holds a Diploma of Art & Design, majoring in Graphics in 1974, from the Prahran College of Advanced Education and a Diploma of Education from the Melbourne State College. He taught Art for 10 years and resigned as the Head of the Creative Arts Department.

In 1985, Richard established the Mt. Aitken Art Gallery in Gisborne South, Victoria and started painting part-time as a realist Artist.  From all the many artists Richard met, none painted Photo-Realistically in Oils, hence he was forced to teach himself and develop the style that came most naturally to him.  During this initial period, he won two 1st. prizes, as well as other accreditations.  Melton Council also purchased two of his paintings for their collection.

Following his first Solo Exhibition at Mt Aitken Gallery in 1989, Richard started painting full-time in a Photo-Realist style.  Up until 1992, he painted many commissions, held Art Classes in his studio and won many prizes and accreditations.  He participated in group exhibitions and was accepted into the 'Australian Guild of Realist Artists'.

After his second One-Man Exhibition at Balmoral Galleries, Geelong, Richard sought a greater challenge, hence changing his style to Super Realism, but not losing his minute detail technique.  To truly appreciate Richard's brush skills and detail, the viewer is encouraged to look close up at his paintings.

In 1993, Richard was accepted as a member of the 'Victorian Artists Society' and in 1994, he continued to win prizes, as at the Torquay Art Expo where the Judge, Don Stuchbery, described his work as "Super realism at its best.  Exceptional mastery of the difficult skills required for this school of painting.  The viewer easily becomes spellbound by the intricacies of detail, yet the real power of his work comes from the starkness and simplicity of Composition."

From 1994, Richard has been busy experimenting with new subjects and participating in group exhibitions, as a memeber of A.G.R.A. (Australian Guild of Realist Artists) in Victoria, to Schubert Galleries, Queensland.  His 3rd. Solo Exhibition was held at Delshan Gallery, Armadale, where the director quoted "Mr. Siemens is an Australian artist to watch...The detail is just incredible and we have nothing else like it at the Gallery".  Richard's 4th. Solo Exhibition was held in Brisbane in 1996.

In 1997, Richard was accepted into 'The Australian Society of Miniature Art, Victoria' and the 'Wildlife Art Society of Australasia'.  He also judged the Melbourne High School Art Exhibition. During 1998 and 1999, Richard spent most of his time painting commission works for various clients.  He also held his 5th. Solo Exhibition at Delshan Gallery.

During 2000, Richard, with his wife, moved into their new home, "Isle of View", on the edge of the South Coast of NSW. In 2001, Richard designs (and maintains) his Richard Siemens Artist website: www.richardsiemensartist.com

Through 2002 and 2003, Richard found new Galleries in NSW, Canberra and Sydney.  He participated in mixed Exhibitions and had his 6th. Solo Exhibition at Delshan Gallery.  His art works are labelled "Illusion Paintings" because of the 3-dimensional illusion created by his compositions, colours, tones and the crisp, meticulous detail.

In 2004, Richard was invited to participate in the "Eclectic Exhibition of Major Artists from Swinburne University", Melbourne.  He was a 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.  He won the "Best Mixed Media" Prize at the Bega Regional Gallery Art Show and was invited to talk about his unique painting style to the 'The Merimbula District Art Group'.

To broaden his experiences, Richard publishes Limited Edition Giclee Reproductions of his paintings. He also produces stunning Digital Art from his photographs of the local bird life and combining them with his photographs of the local NSW Wilderness Coast. With his eye for detail, many years of experience and tremendous patience, Richard is also enjoying the challenge of Art Restoration and Altering Digital Photo Images.

First exhibition at Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo, NSW in 2013.  

Richard exhibited in 2014 at his new gallery, Without Pier Gallery, 320 Bay Rd. Cheltenham, Vic.  

Featured in the Sept. 2015 Edition, No 143, 'Artist Palette' magazine and demonstrates his painting technique. Has his second exhibition at Ivy Hill Gallery, Wapengo, NSW.  

In 2016, Richard starts to create the ‘3 Dimensional Geometric Illusion’ paintings.  

Richard Siemens is listed in the 'Dictionary of Australian Artists Online' (www.daao.org.au), the 'Who's Who of Australian Visual Arts', 2nd. Edition by D.W.Thorpe. Also he is included in the book '50 Australian Artists', edited by John Mutsaers and "Sapphire - images and art of the sapphire coast" author Michelle Delle Vergin.  His work is represented in many private collections, both throughout Australia and overseas.


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