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Dale Richards

a figurative artist whose characters are occasionally melancholic, but always compelling.

About

Dale Richards was offered his first solo show, when he was sixteen years old, in Devonport’s The Little Gallery owned by Jean Thomas who supported a number of emerging artists from the NW Coast area.

Dale won the Owen Tooth Memorial residency and travel grant to France in 1974.The exposure to French culture and art was a huge inspirational lift to the young painter with great European artists work being easily accessible. After returning to Sydney and doing odd jobs, but always painting, Dale moved to Berlin in 1982 spending almost a year there, had a solo show at a renowned commercial experimental art space – Gallery Dia. Travelled through Europe for a while eventually returning to Sydney after a stint in New York and held a solo show at the Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney. Dale shared studio space with numerous artists including Gary Shead who regards Dale as a very good painter. Despard Gallery first exhibited his paintings in 1993; the exhibition was titled ‘The incoming Tide’.Since returning to Tasmania twenty years ago, Dale has lived and painted in the Opossum Bay and South Arm area, about 40 minutes out of Hobart, overlooking the Derwent.

Dale has always been a figurative artist, his characters are occasionally melancholic, but always compelling. I recall overhearing two visiting physiologists discussing Dale’s work in the gallery, “There’s a case study in this bloke.”

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Past events

JENNY ORCHARD 2018 web image, Jenny Orchard, 2018. Photographer: Jenny Orchard
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Jenny Orchard and Dale Richards

Art + design markets, Exhibitions

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15 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS

A joint exhibition.
LISA GARLAND Fred wall seven 2016 silver gelatin print on Illford paper 92 x 110 cm Edition of 5 $2200 web, Lisa Garland, 2016. Photographer: Lisa Garland
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Long Hot Summer

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15 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS

Group show with all Despard's favourite artists
GRAHAM LANG new work SEPT 2017 WEB, Graham Lang, 2017. Photographer: Graham Lang
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Despard at NARRYNA Art and Antique Fair 2017

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103 Hampden Road, Battery Point

with work of artists Graham Lang, Mathew Simms, Gary Greenwood, Thomas Mann and many more
Geoff Dyer
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Annual Summer Show 16/17

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15 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS

Celebrating 30 years of representing contemporary Tasmanian artists.
Ebb, mixed media on aluminium
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THE WEATHER

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15 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS

features new work from artists Tony Barron, Peter Hjort, Andrew McIlroy, Dale Richards, Mike Singe and Catherine Woo.
Despard Gallery
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Despard Gallery

Galleries

15 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS

Contemporary Tasmanian art gallery located in the arts precinct of Salamanca Place.