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Richard Wastell

Explores the intricacies of the Tasmanian environment, its flora, fauna and the patterns they present under a microscopic eye


Richard Wastell was born in Hobart in 1974. From an early age, Richard had two great passions, painting and the bush.

Richard is a master of composition, known for his multi-panel depictions of distinct elements within the Tasmanian landscape. His work explores the intricacies of the Tasmanian environment, its flora, fauna and the patterns they present under a microscopic eye. His painting are layered with colour, texture and pattern that perfectly capture the small elements of beauty and the bold characteristics of the Tasmanian bush.

Richard has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the past 20 years. His work is held in many public collections nationally, as well as private collections across Australia, New Zealand and the USA.


Select items from year 2000 onwards, click here to view Richard’s full CV.


2014 – Skittleball to Skullbone Plains – a Tasmanian High – Country odyssey, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2011 – She-oak and River Patterns, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
2010 – Woodwork, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2009 – King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
2008 – With shells & sheoaks, Bett Gallery stand at the Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne
2007 – Whalers’ camp, Bett Gallery at Depot Gallery, Sydney
2006 – We are making a new world, Bett Gallery at fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2005 – Not far from here, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport
2005 – Not far from here, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2004 – World that I love, Depot Gallery, Sydney
2002 – Fires, Bett Gallery, Hobart
1999 – Vision machine, Bett Gallery, Hobart
1998 – Enigmas & double visions, Bett Gallery, Hobart


2012 – New Art from Tasmania, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2011 – Hawksbury One Citizen Collectors, Newcastle Regional Gallery, Newcastle
2011 – The Esk Collection, Academy Gallery, Launceston
2010 – Primed, Academy Gallery, Launceston
2010 – Green, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
2010 – Primed, Academy Gallery, Launceston
2010 – City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart
2009 – Four Tasmanian Painters, Bett Gallery, Hobart and Holmes à Court Gallery, Perth
2008 – The view from here, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
2008 – Liminal, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart and CAST Touring Tasmania
2007 – An Island South, Asia Link touring exhibition including South-East Asia, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport and Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
2006 – Contemporary Aspects of Tasmanian Art, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
2006 – Rhapsody 21C, Academy Gallery, Launceston
2006 – Letitia St Studios, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
2005 – Artists’ artist, Axia Modern Art, Melbourne
2004 – Bodybag, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart
2004 – Bett Gallery Hobart artists at Depot Gallery, Danks Street, Sydney
2004 – Bodybag, Academy Gallery, Launceston
2004 – Future Perfect, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2003 – Painting Tasmanian Landscape, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
2003 – The shape of air (flat), Bett Gallery, Hobart
2003 – Redlands Art Prize, Mossman, Sydney
2002 – Melbourne Artfair 2002, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
2002 – Bett Gallery Hobart Artists at Depot Gallery, Danks Street, Sydney
2001 – Poets & Painters, 10 Days on the Island (with Richard Flanagan), Bett Gallery, Hobart
2000 – Melbourne Artfair 2000, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
2000 – (painting), Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart


2010 – Finalist – City of Hobart Art Prize, Hobart
2005 – Commissioned exhibition – Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport
2000 – Artwork commission – Art for Public Buildings Scheme, Tasmania

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‪Level 1 /65 Murray Street‬, Hobart

Museum quality contemporary Tasmanian art