Richard Lewer is a New Zealand born artist who lives and works in Melbourne, Victoria. His practice encompasses a broad range of media including; painting, drawing, animation, video and performance. He has an enduring interest in social injustice and searches for stories that catch his curiosity. He is creatively motivated by active engagement with subject matter through research and participation. His previous projects have explored war, crime, religion, mental illness, euthanasia, death in custody and sporting failure. He aims to make work that interrogates what is complex and troubling about our society, but objectively, without a moralising tone.
He exhibits widely and his work is held in a number of collections including:
National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Melbourne University Ian Potter Museum of Art, Monash University Museum of Art, Shepparton Art Museum, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.