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Richard Klekociuk

My art is an interpretation of the Tasmanian landscape, my medium is coloured pencil.

About

“My art is an interpretation of the Tasmanian landscape, often with minimal detail, without losing the integrity of each particular subject.

It’s been 45 years since I publicly exhibited my first painting. Strangely enough, my early work was hard-edged and lacking in detail. Since then I have transitioned through a number of styles and approaches from highly detailed realism to simple abstraction, hard-edged to blurred edges, subdued colour to strong, pure colour, observation to symbolism, spiritual to social commentary.

My subjects are mainly sourced from the Southern and Northern Midlands, the Table Cape region and North East Tasmania. The colours are clean and even, superfluous detail such as buildings, fences, power poles, roads and some vegetation has been deliberately removed to create a ‘pure’ visual experience.

Mathematics plays an important role in most of my subjects, especially in drawings that feature agriculture. Ploughed and sown fields (examples of mark making), landscape decay and the impact of natural light, continually gain my attention during my travels (for research) and are prominently featured in my work along with the stunning colour contrasts that Table Cape’s tulip fields for example, are renowned for.

All of my abstracts are inspired by Nature, with rock patterns being a strong influence.

History, too, is another passion that from time to time influences my work, as does social and religious commentary.

The most difficult challenge I face is what detail should I ‘remove’ from each subject without reducing its original visual impact. Some drawings are quite devoid of detail others are ‘busy’ in parts, to provide a balance of contrast.

Artists who influence my work include Fred Williams, John Olsen, Joan Miro and Jackson Pollock.

The past few years have revealed strong links to my art school days in the form of hard-edged colours and abstract shapes.

What goes around comes around.” RK, 2016

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Solo Exhibitions in Tasmania, Australia Since 2009:

2016 – Colour Fields, Gallery Pejean, Launceston.

2015 – “Colour Shock”, Brave Art Gallery. Longford.

2014 – “The Shock of the View”, Table Cape Gallery, NW Tasmania.

2014 – The Artists’ Wall, Supreme Court, Hobart.

2014 – “Landscape Precis” – The Brave Art Gallery, Longford.

2013 – “Rocking On – My Gap Year” – Providore Mill Gallery Launceston.

2010 – “The Truth About Coloured Pencils” – Lady Franklin Gallery, Hobart.

2009/10 – “Another Slice”, Banjo’s Bakery, Kings Meadow, Launceston.

2009 – “Recent Drawings”, Scottsdale Art & Framing Gallery, Scottsdale.

2009 – “Bread”, Café Eleven, Launceston

Group Exhibitions in Tasmania:

The Tasmanian Independent Artists’ Group: 1976 – 1988, Launceston.

The Tasmanian Abstract & Contemporary Artists’ Group: 1980 – 1991, Launceston, Penguin, Ulverstone, Burnie & Deloraine.

Showcase Seven, Gallery 2 Launceston, 1988, Launceston.

The Art Society of Tasmania, 1995, Hobart.

The Max Fry Art Exhibition., 1977-1987, Launceston.

Gallery Two Launceston, 1980 – 1990, Launceston.

The Launceston Art Society, 1988 -, Launceston.

The Burnie Coastal Arts Group, Burnie, 2010.

Awards

2015 – Judge’s Commendation Holy Trinity Religious Art Prize, Launceston, Tasmania.

2015 – Judge’s Commendation Celebrating Life Ex., Launceston.

2015 – Bay of Fires Art Prize Finalist, St. Helens, Tasmania.

2015 – Featured in Art/Edit Magazine, Sydney, Australia.

2014 – Awarded Master Pencil Artist Status, Canadian Pencil Art Society, Canada.

2014 – Won, Holy Trinity Religious Art Prize, Launceston, Tasmania.

2014 – LGH Art Prize Finalist, Launceston, Tasmania.

2014 – Glover Prize Finalist, Evandale, Tasmania.

2013 – Won, Drawing Prize, ArtEX , Ulverstone, Tasmania.

2013 – Judges’ Commendation, Mixed Media Award, ArtEX, Ulverstone, Tasmania.

2013 – Won, Online Mixed Media Award Australian Coloured Pencil Group.

2013 – Won, Art of Norfolk Plains Prize, Longford, Tasmania.

2012 – Featured in “Colored Pencil” magazine in the USA.

2012 – Won the Landscape Prize at TasArt, Burnie, Tasmania.

2012 – Judges’ Commendation, TasArt , Burnie, Tasmania.

2012 – Featured in “Australian Artist Magazine”, Syndey, Australia.

2011 – Featured in “Artist’s Palette Magazine”, Sydney, Australia.

2011 – Highly Commended,Tasmanian Art Award, Eskleigh, Tasmania.

2010 – Won, Hertiage Section, Meandering Art Prize, Launceston, Tasmania.

2010 – Won, Drawing Prize, ArtEx, Ulverstone, Tasmania.

2010 – Won, City of Burnie Art Prize, Burnie, Tasmania.

2010 – Published in “The Best of Artists” (series) in the United States of America.

2010 – Won, LAS Annual Acquisitive Art Award.

2009 – Judges’ Commendation, LAS Annual Art Award, Eskleigh, Tasmania.

2009 – Won, Drawing Prize, ArtEx , Ulverstone, Tasmania.

2009 – Won, Artery Award, TasArt, Burnie, Tasmaia.

2009 – Finalist, The Glover Prize, Evandale, Tasmania.

2008 – Feature Artist, “From My Perspective” On-line Magazine Nov., the USA.

2008 – Won, Art Professionals’ Prize, Royal Hobart Show, Hobart, Tasmania.

2008 – Won, Pastel Prize, TasArt , Burnie, Tasmania.

2008 – Listed in “Who’s Who Tasmania”, Hobart, Tasmania.

2008 – Won, Holy Trinity Religious Art Prize, Launceston, Tasmania.

Collections in Tasmania, Australia

Burnie Regional Art Gallery.

Tasmanian Country Club, Launceston

Launceston City Council.

Trinity Uniting Church, Launceston.

Launceston General Hospital.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Launceston.

Northern Midlands Council, Longford.

Memberships:

Launceston Art Society

Australian Coloured Pencil Artists’ Group.

United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society.

Colored Pencil Society of America.

The Centre for Fine Art Photography, USA.

Pencil Art Society (Canada).

Australian Coloured Pencil Society.

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Past events

Summer Show - Gallery Pejean
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Summer Show

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57 George Street, Launceston

A group exhibition showcasing the diverse talents of 13 Tasmanian artists in a variety of mediums.
Floating-in-Silence - Richard Klekociuk
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Eklektic – Richard Klekociuk

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57 George Street, Launceston

Pushing the medium of coloured pencils to the limit.
GALLERY PEJEAN - 5th-Anniversary-Exhibition-
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5th Anniversary Exhibition

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57 George Street, Launceston

Gallery Pejean celebrates its 5th Anniversary with an outstanding group exhibition.
Director's Choice 2016
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Director’s Choice 2016

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57 George Street, Launceston

an annual group exhibition at Gallery Pejean
Nautica
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Landscapes 2016

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57 George Street, Launceston

an exhibition featuring 12 exceptional Tasmanian landscape artists
Drift
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SHE

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57 George Street, Launceston

11 artists depicting SHE.
HILLSIDE-COLOUR
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Colour Fields

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57 George Street, Launceston

An exhibition of recent works by acclaimed coloured pencil artist Richard Klekociuk
Directors Choice exhibition at Gallery Pejean
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Director’s Choice

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57 George Street, Launceston

12 selected Tasmanian artists
Darren Meader - Extended Family
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Meandering

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Country Club Avenue, Prospect Vale

Meandering 2015 - Ties That Bind
Colour Shock at Table Cape by Richard Klekociuk
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Colour Shock

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61 Wellington Street, Longford

Digital drawings by Richard Klekociuk
Gallery Pejean a gallery of contemporary art
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Gallery Pejean

Galleries

57 George Street, Launceston

Gallery Pejean showcases select established and emerging visual artists