- Media category
- Materials used
- graphite on cardboard
- 102.0 x 85.0 cm sheet; 104.5 x 85.0 x 3.2 cm frame
- Signature & date
Signed verso. Not dated.
- Purchased with funds provided by the Dobell Biennial Acquisition fund, Contemporary Collection Benefactors and Friends of New Zealand art 2016
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Richard Lewer
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Richard Lewer is interested in other people’s stories. This drawing is from a group of portraits of the artist and eight of his friends or acquaintances who have experienced depression or anxiety, and have either recovered or learned to manage their condition.
Lewer approached these drawings with the objectivity of a documentary maker, presenting his subjects as individuals among thousands of fellow sufferers. Each sitter was encouraged to speak about their experiences; their words became the titles of the drawings.
Lewer values drawing’s immediacy, and considers it unpretentious and uncomplicated. Drawing also plays a pivotal role in his wellbeing; the practice of making a drawing is his way of finding escape, ‘a way of dealing with my own demons … a way of becoming healthy’.
Referenced in 1 publication
Anne Ryan, Close to home: Dobell Australian drawing biennial 2016, Essay "Richard Lewer", pg. 36-41, Sydney, 2016, 37-38, 39 (colour illus.), 41, (colour illus.), 67, 76.
Other works by Richard Lewer
It's hard to argue with the inescapable logic your own voice uses when it calmly lays out the reasons why you shouldn't exist Richard Lewer 2015 387.2016
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