Outward bound I
Acrylic and paper on canvas, 16.3 x 21.3 cm, framed, signed label from the artist verso.
‘Ron Robertson-Swann’s career spans over five decades – as an artist, teacher, mentor and as an advocate for sculpture in public spaces.
Best known as a sculptor, painting is a vital element of his practice, and he produces both from his Botany studio in Sydney.
Born in Sydney in 1941, he studied under Lyndon Dadswell at the National Art School before moving to the UK in the early 60s to study under Anthony Caro and Philip King at St Martin’s – while also assisting Henry Moore in his studio north of London. Without the resources to make steel sculpture during this time he dedicated his energy to painting, influenced heavily by Morris Louis and the hard-edge colour-field painters of the era. In 1965 Clement Greenberg awarded Swann first price in the junior section of the John Moore Painting Prize in Liverpool; in 1968 he was included in The Field exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria; and in 1969 he won the Transfield Prize.
On his return to Sydney he continued to paint while his sculpture practice grew. Major commissions of public sculpture included Vertex in Devonport in 1980, Leviathan at Play in Brisbane in 1984, and Paradisio for the Sydney Festival in 1999.
Robertson-Swann was Head of Sculpture at the National Art School from 2009-2018.’ – Charles Nodrum Gallery website
Provenance : Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
Ron Robertson-Swann: Radiant Colour, Clarity, and Crisp Light in Embraced Space
01 August – 01 September, 2018. A survey exhibition of the Artist’s painting and sculpture from 1964 to the present; Melbourne Art Fair, Stand B11, 1 – 5 Aug; and continuing at Charles Nodrum Gallery in Richmond till 1 Sept. Catalogue number 15.