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— Biography of Ron Robertson-Swann

Ron Robertson-Swann’s career spans over five decades – as an artist, teacher, mentor and as an advocate for sculpture in public spaces.  
Best known as a sculptor, painting is a vital element of his practice, and he produces both from his Botany studio in Sydney.
Born in Sydney in 1941, he studied under Lyndon Dadswell at the National Art School before moving to the UK in the early 60s to study under Anthony Caro and Philip King at St Martin's - while also assisting Henry Moore in his studio north of London.  Without the resources to make steel sculpture during this time he dedicated his energy to painting, influenced heavily by Morris Louis and the hard-edge colour-field painters of the era.  In 1965 Clement Greenberg awarded Swann first price in the junior section of the John Moore Painting Prize in Liverpool; in 1968 he was included in The Field exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria; and in 1969 he won the Transfield Prize.
On his return to Sydney he continued to paint while his sculpture practice grew.  Major commissions of public sculpture included Vertex in Devonport in 1980, Leviathan at Play in Brisbane in 1984, and Paradisio for the Sydney Festival in 1999.
Robertson-Swann was Head of Sculpture at the National Art School from 2009-2018.

Watch Ron Robertson-Swann's interview with Paul McGillick on Cultural Conversations 

Read Kate & Charles Nodrum's essay for Robertson-Swann's 2018 exhibition at the Melbourne Art Fair.

Ron Robertson-Swann CV

Elwynn Lynn The Sculpture of Ron Robertson Swann Art and Australia Vol. 10 no. 2 October 1972 p. 140 149

Harry Nicholson Ron Robertson Swann Art International 1971 Vol 15 No 2 compressed


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.