Richard Tipping Biography

Richard Kelly Tipping is internationally recognised for his artsigns, using templates of official signage to create poetic shifts in meaning. As a word sculptor in materials including neon, marble, granite and graphic prints, Tipping is represented in many public collections and in depth in the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales; and there are large-scale permanent artworks in Adelaide, Brisbane, Lake Macquarie and Launceston. He lives in Maitland, NSW, and works nationally and internationally. Further information at

Solo exhibitions:           # = catalogue published

2017 Instant History, Australian Galleries, Sydney #

2013 Urban Animals, Slot Gallery, Sydney

2012 No King, Arthere Gallery, Sydney

2012 Studio, Australian Galleries, Sydney

2012 Off the Page, Customs House, Sydney #

2009 Hearth, Australian Galleries, Melbourne

2008 Only Emotion Endures, Australian Galleries, Sydney #

2008 Subvert I Sing, Multiple Box Sydney  # (Redfoxpress)

2007 Multiple Choice, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW #

2007 Fresh Concrete, John Miller Gallery, Newcastle

2007 Imagine Silence, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

2004 Errorism, Multiple Box Sydney

2004 Art Signs and Word Sculptures, Banning + Low,  Washington DC

2004 Exit Strategy, The Studio, Sydney Opera House

2003 Street Talk, Banning Gallery, New York

2002 Public Works, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide  #

2001 One Two Many, Multiple Box Sydney

1998 Versions: Perversions, Subversions and Verse, Ubu Gallery, New York  #  (on-line catalogue)  

1997 Hear the Art, The Eagle Gallery, London  #

1996 Multiple Pleasures, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney #

1994 Art Allergy (with Alex Selenitsch), Rhumbarellas Gallery, Melbourne

1984 Between the Lines, United Artists Gallery, Melbourne

1983 Fast Art, Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney

1983 Ideagraphics, Rosyln Oxley Gallery, Sydney

1981 Inside Outside, Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane

1980 Word Works 2, Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne #

1980 Word Works, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

1978 The Everlasting Stone, Adelaide Festival Centre Gallery #

1973 Soft Riots (with Aleks Danko), Watters Gallery, Sydney

1970 Uck (with Aleks Danko), Llewellyn Gallery, Adelaide

Selected Group exhibitions:

2015 Work Art Work (Werk Kunst Werk), Kassel, Germany, curated by Jurgen Olbrich  #

2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi   #

2015, 2014 Harbour Sculpture, Sydney

2013, 2012 Sculpture by the Sea, Cotteslow, Western Australia

2012 Volume 1: MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2011 The Silent Scream: political and social comment in books by artists, Monash University Rare Books Library  #

2011 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi

2009 Avoiding Myth and Message: Australian artists in the literary world, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney  #

2008 Correspondences: Mail Art in the C21st, Center for Books Arts, New York

2007 Multiplicity: prints and multiples, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney  #

2006, 2005, 2003 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi

2006 Farmyard Challenge, Field Gallery, Newcastle

2006 Who cares? Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney

2004 HunterArt1: art tourist, at five galleries in the Hunter Valley, co-ordinated by Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

2003 The Contemporary Art Fair, Cologne, represented by Galerie Seippel

2009 Art Australia, Germany – at the Kunstraum, Sylt; Galerie Seippel, Cologne; and touring

2003 The National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

2002 Sculpture in the City, Martin Place, Sydney

2002 Text Art Object (with Ruark Lewis & Jennifer Joseph), Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Cologne

2002 Text Art Multiples, Multiple Box Sydney

2001 Feedback: Total Text Meeting, Museumshop of the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin

2000 Signed 2000, Maisenbacher Art Gallery, Trier, Germany

1999 Word, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

1999, 1998 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi – Sydney

1998 Verve: Poetic Visuals and Visual Poetry, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney  #

1996-97 The Subverted Object, Ubu Gallery, New York

1996-98 Artist Books, Artists’ Secrets, Goethe Institute, Sydney and touring  #

1996-97 Flagging the Republic, Sherman Galleries and touring

1995 Bi-annual Exhibition, Pacific Center for Book Arts, San Francisco

1995-96 Fragile Object, Australian Embassy, Washington D.C. and touring

1994 and 1995 The Fremantle Print Award

1993-94 Fluxus and Beyond, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane  #

1993-94 Lightworks, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney  #

1993 Luminaries, illuminated art, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne

1993 The Fifth Australian Sculpture Triennial, Melbourne

1992-93 The 9th Biennale of Sydney, The Boundary Rider   #

1992 The Trial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

1991 Art Freeway, Newcastle artists at Jan Taylor Gallery, Sydney

1991 Cross the Creek, The University of Newcastle

1990 Shifting Ground, Newcastle artists at the Art Gallery of NSW

1990 Lake Macquarie Gallery Art Prize Exhibition, NSW

1990 Alice 125, Gryphon Gallery, University of Melbourne

1989 Visual Poetics: Concrete Poetry and its Contexts, Institute of Contemporary Art, Brisbane

1989 Words on Walls, Heide Park and Art Gallery, Melbourne

1987 The Age of Collage, Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney  #

1987 The Third Australian Sculpture Triennial, Melbourne

1986 International Concrete Poetry Archive, Oxford, at Wolfson College

1986 Ex-Patriates or Exiles, Adelaide Festival Centre Gallery

1985 The International Contemporary Art Fair, London

1984 Artists in the Field, Darwin Museum and Art Gallery  #

1983 Ideas on Ice, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide

1983 Anzart-in-Hobart, Tasmania

1982 The Biennale of Sydney, and the Festival of Sydney

1982 Recent Sculpture in South Australia, Art Gallery of SA, Adelaide

1982 Artists for Aboriginal Land Rights, Sydney

1982 The Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1932-82, Art Gallery of NSW

1981 The First Australian Sculpture Triennial, Melbourne

1981 See Hear: 7 Visual Poets, Niagra Lane Gallery, Melbourne

1980 The Security Show, Ewing Paton Gallery, Melbourne University

1978 ACT 1 Performance Art Festival, Canberra

1975 Post Object Art in Australia and New Zealand, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide

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