(1940 - 1990)
Richard Mann is known for abstract social themed, religious painting, graffiti, art education.
Biography from Terenchin
Playwright, poet and visual artist, Rev. Richard Mann was born and
educated in Melbourne Australia. At the height of America's
counter-cultural revolution, Mann moved to New York City where he lived
and worked in Harlem.
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He was influenced by surrealism, abstract expressionism, and calligraphy at the time of his arrival.
in the mid-1970's, the extreme living conditions of Harlem and demands
of his religious calling provided subject matter for his painting. Urban
decay and ubiquitous public graffiti provide inspiration for
compositions that include highly stylized writing.
By the late
1970's many works incorporate writing exclusively, with areas of
layered, obscured and illegible words, very much like repeatedly tagged
Studied painting with Maurice Cantlon, Melbourne, Australia 1961-62.
Liberal Arts Studies, Christ the King College, Melbourne, Australia.
Painting with Justin O'Brien, Rome , Italy 1963-64
B.A., Post Graduate Studies, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1965
Kearny Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 1961-62
One-person exhibition, Wallaby Gallery, Sydney , Australia, 1962.
Group Show, Quantas Gallery, Rome Italy 1962.
Gallery Pax, Paris, 1965.
One-person exhibition, United Nations, New York City, 1967
Emmaus House, New York City, 1968.
Cleveland Art Group Gallery, 1969.
Templestowe Gallery, Melbourne, 1971.
Oomoto Foundation, Japan, 1976.
One-person exhibition, Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York City, 1979.
Open Studio Group Show, New York City, 1982.
Naliandra Gallery, Melbourne, 1982.
Co-director of Emmaus House, East Harlem, New York, a radical Catholic
workshop that hosted conferences and retreats. It also published "The
Bread is Rising," a literary magazine which Mann co-edited.
Parish work at St. Francis, Melbourne, Australia. Development of an
experimental "Theatre/ Church", St. Augustine's Melbourne.
1972. Director of "Pacem In Terris" festival, Warwick NY.
Director of Arts Program, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NY. Curated
Exhibitions and performances, development of Cathedral's collection of
contemporary art. Pastoral outreach to artists.
Co-director of "Theorem", an Australian Government sponsored community
arts festival. Scriptwriting, directing, stage managing and publicity.
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