Richard Byrnes is in our
group show SPRING
25 September – 20 October 2021
At twenty years of age I possessed expansive knowledge and saw life with absolute clarity. Now, at 60 , I know next to nothing and have faith in considerably less. Muttering to myself, in the half light of my suburban garage I produce these works to address this decline
Born 1959, Sydney. Lives and works Sydney
1980-83 Bachelor of Fine Arts “ Alexander Mackie College
1985- 1989 Travel in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America
1986 Academie Grand Chaumier, Paris “ Life Drawing
2002 Master of Fine Arts “ University of New South Wales, Sydney.
2004 Anatomy Drawing Workshop “ Anatomy Dept. , Uni of N.S.W.
2020 Robin Gibson Gallery
2018 Total Fabrication, Robin Gibson Gallery
2017 Bestiary, Gosford Regional Gallery
2016 Small Truths Robin Gibson Gallery
2009 The Descent Robin Gibson Gallery
2007 Ramble Bathurst Regional Gallery, NSW
2006 Recent Sculpture John Miller Gallery , Newcastle, NSW
2005 Small Cloud Robin Gibson Gallery
2004 Animal Logic Beaver Galleries, Canberra
2003 Wooden Man Sculpture and Drawing “ John Miller Gallery, Newcastle
2002 Recent Sculpture Robin Gibson Gallery
2001 The Human Machine College of Fine Arts , University of NSW Sydney
1999 Recent Sculpture Robin Gibson Gallery
1999 Falling Down Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne
1999 Passion Circus Beaver Galleries, Canberra
1998 Small Sculptures Compendium, Auckland, New Zealand
1997 Recent Sculptures Robin Gibson Gallery
1996 Tainted Child Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra
1995 Recent Sculptures Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
1994 Machine Heart Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra
1993 Sculpture and Drawing Mark Julian Gallery, Sydney
1993 Bones, Toys and Flesh Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra
Two Person Exhibitions
2002 A Difficulty with God Orange Regional Gallery in collaboration with Paul Miller
2003/2004 Difficulty with God New England Regional Gallery, Gosford City Art Gallery, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery
Selected Group Exhibitions
since 1993 Group Shows at Robin Gibson Gallery including the Annual Group Sculpture Exhibition
2017 Hidden “ Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk.
2017 Finalist North Sydney Art Prize
2017 Finalist Hunters Hill Art Prize .
2016 Finalist Rockdale Outdoor Art Prize, Sydney
2016 Finalist Greenway Small Sculpture Prize
2015 Gosford Art Prize Finalists “ Gosford Regional Gallery
2015 Naked and Nude – Manning Regional Gallery.
2015 Sculpture in the Glen “ Glenmore Theatre , Sydney
2015 Finalists North Sydney Art Prize, Coal Loader Sustainability Centre.
2014 Staff Show – Ewart Gallery , Workshop Arts Centre Sydney.
2012 Silver, Wangaratta Art Gallery , Victoria
2011 Shortlisted ; Scullen Public Art Commission , A.C.T.
2010 Shortlisted Chatswood Mall Sculpture Commission
2010 Teachers Exhibition – Ewart Gallery , Willoughby Arts Centre
2009 Wingham Sculpture Commission Finalists – Manning Regional Gallery
2008 Osborne Park Wollongong City Council Sculpture Commission Finalist.
New Works in the Collections “ Orange Regional Gallery
2007 BRAG ; Recent Acquisitions 2004 “ 2007 “ Bathurst Regional Gallery
2007 Sculpture by the Sea , Bondi , Sydney . Sculpture Inside “ Tamarama, Sydney
2005 Sculpture by the Sea “ Bondi, Sydney
2003 Mixed Metaphors “ Byrnes , Snape and Speight “ “ Maitland City Gallery
2003 Thursday Plantation Sculpture Exhibition ,Ballina , N.S.W.
2003 Significant Tilt “ “ Macquarie University Art Gallery , Sydney .
2003 Sculpture Inside “ Bondi Pavilion , Sydney Sculpture by the Sea “ Bondi , Sydney . .
2002 Wynne Prize Finalists “ Art Gallery of New South Wales., Sydney
2002 Sculpture by the Sea “ Bondi , Sydney . Sculpture Inside “ Bondi Pavilion ,
2002 Sydney Masters Graduates 2002 “ Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
1999 “Sculpture by the Sea” “ Marks Park , Bondi , Sydney
1996 “Art at UNSW “ Selected Acquisitions 1991 “ 1995 “ Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
1988 Las Block De Debujar “ “The Sketchbook” Galeria Bolivar, Universite National, Quito, Ecuador
1986 Salon Sandoz, Paris. Drawings
1985 “Concept to Object” “ Four Figurative Sculptors Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Gallery , Sydney
1984 Blaxland Gallery, Sydney “ N.S.W. Travelling Art Scholarship Finalists
2009 Harbour Cycles Commissioned by North Sydney Council, Cast Aluminium- Cnr Berry & Miller Streets , North Sydney
2004 Guardian Dogs Newtown Precinct Sculpture Commission, Commissioned by Marrickville Council, Sydney
and numerous private commissions
2009 North Sydney Council Public Art Commission Prize
2006 Gosford Sculpture Prize
2005 Major Acquisitive Award “ Manning Art Prize
2005 Finalist Conrad Jupiters Art Prize
2004 Hunters Hill Sculpture Prize
2003 Hunters Hill Sculpture Prize
2003 Waverley Sculpture Prize
2003 Thursday Plantation Acquisitive Sculpture Prize
2002 Finalist Wynne Prize
1999 Hunters Hill Sculpture Prize
1999 Sutherland Shire Acquisitive Sculpture Prize
1998 Blacktown City Sculpture Prize
1997 Fairfield Art Society Sculpture Prize
1997 Blacktown City Sculpture Prize
1996 Sculpture Prize “ Fairfield Art Society
1995 Hunters Hill Sculpture Prize
1995 University of N.S.W. Union Art Prize
1994 Contemporary Sculpture Prize- Fairfield City Arts Festival
1993 Contemporary Sculpture Prize “ Fairfield City Arts Festival
1992 Finalist Blake Prize
1984 New South Wales Travelling Art Scholarship
1984 Dyason Bequest / Occupancy Moya Dyring Studio, Cite Des Arts, Paris
Australian National Gallery “ Canberra
Elaine and Jim Wolfenson Collection
University of New South Wales “ College of Fine Arts
Macquarie University Sculpture Collection , Sydney .
Australian Law Reform Commission , Sydney .
Donovan , McAlpine and Associates , Sydney .
Artbank , Sydney .
Manning Regional Art Gallery , Taree . N.S.W.
Orange Regional Gallery
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
Newcastle Region Art Gallery “ Croma collection
Thursday Plantation Sculpture Collection , Ballina , N.S.W.
Marrickville Council , Sydney .
North Sydney Council , Sydney.
Blacktown City Council , Sydney .
Sutherland Shire Council , Sydney
Savion Products , Sydney .
Georges River College , Oatley , Sydney .
Private collections in Australia , Britain and New Zealand .
2007 Alcan Aluminium material sponsorship “ Sculpture by the Sea .
2003 Sell and Parker Sponsorship “ Sculpture by the Sea.
2002 State Forests Sponsorship “ Sculpture by the Sea .
1998 Pat Corrigan Artist Grant .
1998 GAS Scheme Grant “ University of New South Wales.
1997 GAS Scheme Grant “ University of New South Wales.
1994 Pat Corrigan Artist Grant
1984 Dyason Bequest “ Art Gallery of New South Wales
2007 Artist in Residence , Georges River College , Sydney .
2004 Hill End Artist Residency , Bathurst Regional Gallery .
2010 Moya Dyring Studio , Cite Des Arts Internationale , Paris.
“ Well , blow me down “ Adam Fulton 2007 Sydney Morning Herald “ Metro “ Nov 9th
Sydney Morning Herald “ Spectrum 17 Nov 2007
“ The Elaine and Jim Wolfenson Gift “ 2004 Melanie Douglas “ Art on View NGA
“ Sardonic look at Humankind “ Sasha Grishin 2004 Canberra Times June 2
“ A Difficulty with God “ Paul Miller and Richard Byrnes “ Craft Arts International No. 58 “ Alan Sisley 2003
The Sunday Age , Melbourne “ August 29 1999 Galleries Kay Stewart
Art in Australia Vol . 36 , No , 2 Galleries 1998
Sydney Morning Herald “ June 23 1998 “No Danger of Understatement” “ Bruce James
Craft Art International “ Issue 41 1997 “Richard Byrnes “ Recent Sculpture”- Victoria Hynes
Craft Art International Issue 40 1997 “An Unknown Future” “ David Dolan
The Australian “ Arts Review July 21 1996 “Added Dimensions” _- Giles Auty
Sydney Morning Herald “ July 10 1996
“Heavy Metal Rules OK” “ Peter Cochrane
Craft Art International Issue 36 - 1996 “New Sculpture by Richard Byrnes” “ Linley Hindmarsh
“Art at UNSW” “ Selected Acquisitions 1996 Exhibition Publication “ Belinda Allen
Craft Art International Issue 30 1994
“Bones, Toys and Flesh” “ Linley Hindmarsh
“ Artworkz Five “ Gallery 101 Melbourne 1993 Exhibition catalogue
The Canberra Times August 4 1993 “Unsettling Conception of the Modern World” Sasha Grishin