Archived: Getting To Know You

Richard Lewer at Gow Langsford Gallery

Following on from an outstanding year, which included a number of successful shows at private and public galleries and being awarded the prestigious Basil Sellers Art Prize for 2016, Richard Lewer returns to Gow Langsford Gallery with a new exhibition of works from the series, Getting To Know You

Getting to Know You is a series of portraits of people the artist has seen almost every day for the last 5 years. Even though they’ve spent significant time together, there’s never been an opportunity to really look at or study these individuals. Removing them from their usual context has allowed this study to take place.

The portraits are painted in enamel, a medium difficult to work with, often unpredictable, and requiring a certain temperament and physicality. The painting process involved iterations of layering and wiping, initially to remove the sitter’s outward persona and any obvious physical features and then to strip back distractions of clothing and backgrounds directing the focus to the sitter.

Contact details

Gow Langsford Gallery
26 Lorne Street
3 May - 27 May 2017