Richard Lewer <em>God said to the serpent ‘Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life’. To the woman he said ‘I will make your pains in childbearing severe and with painful labour you will birth children. Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you.’ To Adam he said ‘Because you listened to your wife ate the fruit, cursed is the ground because of you. Through painful toil you will eat food and it will produce thorns and thistles. You will work the fields by the sweat of your brow and you will eat your food until you return to the dust of the ground from where you came</em> 2022, from the <em>Adam and Eve</em> series 2022. Courtesy of the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide. Proposed acquisition, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists<br/>
© Richard Lewer, Hugo Michell Gallery, Jan Murphy Gallery and Suite Gallery

Artist Talk: Richard Lewer

Past program
Sat 27 Jan, 6.30pm

Free entry

NGV International

Exhibition space
Level 1

Melbourne-artist Richard Lewer’s series of large-scale paintings displayed in the NGV’s medieval galleries delve into the biblical narrative of Adam and Eve, capturing the contemporary significance of the tale’s themes of desire, shame, and original sin, without imposing moral judgments.

Exclusively during EXTRA, the NGV hosts Lewer’s Confessions from 21 – 24 January.

For four nights only, visitors are invited to share their confessions with the artist, who will then paint these live at NGV before they are displayed on the gallery walls.

Reflecting on this experience and discussing the final collection of confessions on display, Lewer speaks in conversation with NGV Curator Amita Kirpalani.

Richard Lewer
is a Melbourne-based artist who exhibits regularly in Australia and New Zealand. He is known for his video and animation, paintings, and delicately beautiful drawings, which evocatively rework some of life’s less pleasant elements – crime scenes, illness, horror movies and extreme events. He has been a finalist and recipient in several distinguished art prizes and residences. His works are held in private and public collections in Australia and New Zealand.

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