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— Biography of Richard Dunn

Richard Dunn (1944) was born in Sydney and lives and works in Sydney and Melbourne. 

He studied architecture at the University of New South Wales, sculpture at the National Art School, Sydney and painting at the Royal College of Art, London, M.Art RCA. 

He was awarded the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship in 1966, judged by John Brack. He then lived and worked for ten years in London and Paris 1966-76, and in New York, 1984-1985, as P.S.1 International Studio Program Fellow, PS1 Museum of Modern Art, NY. Dunn has received three Australia Council grants in the 1970s and 1980s. He taught painting at Sydney College of the Arts 1977-1988 and was the founding Director of the new Sydney College of the Arts 1988-2001, and Professor of Contemporary Visual Art and University Artist-in-Residence, University of Sydney until the end of 2010. He is Emeritus Professor of Contemporary Visual Art at the University of Sydney. 

Richard Dunn lived for extended periods in Düsseldorf, Berlin, Chemnitz and Edinburgh. He has been a Visiting Professor, National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo; Artist-in-Residence, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany, 2000; Guest Professor, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf 2003-4; Artist-in-Residence, Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi, India, 2010; External Examiner, Art, Space and Nature program, The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh 2009-14. 

Richard has participated in five international Biennales and been the subject of two major solo German State Museum exhibitions, the largest single representation by an Australian artist in Germany and a career survey exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (1992) and Monash Museum of Art (1994). 

He has made 62 solo exhibitions, including internationally and in Australia in public museums and galleries and at Australian dealer galleries Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne, Gallery A, Sydney, Gallery Barry Keldoulis Sydney, Sydney, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, William Wright Artists Projects, Sydney and Yuill/Crowley, Sydney.  He has participated in 122 group exhibitions in Australia, China, England, France, Germany, Japan, India, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, USA, Scandinavia and South East Asia. 

Richard’s work reflects the social and historical context of art and culture and deals with the complex problem of perception and interpretation. He uses paradox, metaphor, humour, codification and contrast between minimal form and complexity of content so that his artworks evade simplistic interpretation, inviting viewers to enter into a dialogue between themselves and artworks installed in the gallery space. Using changing stylistic orientations as a conscious strategy, his work reveals a masterfully nuanced debt to Minimalism, Supremacist painting, Conceptual Art and Pop undermining conventional modes of interpretation and ways of seeing. The employment of photography, space-specific installation, realistic and non-objective painting, perspective or technical drawing and film montage techniques clash with and relativize each other inviting different and personal viewer responses. While sensitive to local and indigenous contexts, Richard’s work is situated in a global context of contemporary art. 

Richard Dunn CV 2020

Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.