Richard Lewer


Sam by Richard Lewer

Artwork Detail

Documenting traumatic ‘disasters’ within his own life, Richard’s Disasters encompassed within Lewer’s interest in social reality, explaining patterns in behaviours and events, and exploring the unsettling undertones pervading everyday life.

The artist describes the events illustrated in the lithograph as:

“I have a well-known completely irrational fear of horses...specifically of being trampled and runs in our family...this is Sam, a very docile one-eyed horse my good friend Steve got me to ride as a way to help conquer my fear...”

For this series, Lewer employed lithographic crayon to make the original image on a metal plate, which was then chemically fixed, inked, printed and editioned by Adrian Kellett, a technician in the printmaking department of the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne.

For Lewer the act of drawing is cathartic and meditative – he states that it is “a way of dealing with my own demons… a way of becoming healthy.”

Richard Lewer
Production date
565 x 460 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist and {Suite} Gallery, 2020
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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