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Robert Clinch was born 1957, in Cooma, New South Wales, Australia. He is a self-taught painter and lithographer.
Clinch’s imagery transports the viewer to a fictional but hauntingly real world; telling accessible tales of loneliness, joy, injustice, humor, melancholy and whimsy. In keeping with his neo-renaissance use of the Egg Tempera medium, he paints entirely from drawings, executed plein-air, often at numerous locations and then adapted for composition in the studio. The same approach is devoted to his hand-drawn limited-edition lithographs.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Lithographs, Drawings & Egg Tempera; Robin Gibson Gallery; 2009.
Solitary Perspectives; Shepparton Art Gallery;2009.
Black & White; Hill-Smith Gallery, Adelaide; 2008.
Urban Myths and Legends; Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne; 2007.
Urban Myths; Touring; Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Benalla Art Gallery, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Geelong Gallery; 2007.
Robert Clinch, Lithographs; Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney; 2006.
McClelland Galleries, Langwarrin, 1994.
Works On Paper; Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney; 1988.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
In The Black; Lauraine Diggins Fine Art; 2009.
Preserving The Past; Enriching The Future; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; 2008, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery; 2009.
Annual Collectors' Exhibition; Lauraine Diggins Fine Art; Melbourne 2008.
2008 Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong Gallery;
People, Places; Townhall Gallery, Boroondara; 2008.
Director’s Choice Exhibition; Hill Smith Gallery; Adelaide; 2008.
Works From The Studio; Lancaster Press Gallery, Melbourne; 2007.
Banyule Works on Paper Art Award; Banyule Art Space, Melbourne; 2007.
The Art Of The Dog; Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Castlemaine; 2007.
Inaugural Burnie Print Prize; Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Burnie; 2007.
Passion Printing; Lancaster Press Gallery, Melbourne; 2006.
Civic Connections; The Town Hall Gallery; Boroondara, 2006.
Australian Print Making; 1960’s to Present; Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Castlemaine; 2006.
Melbourne and Country; Adam Galleries, Melbourne; 2006.
Geelong Aquisitive Print Awards; Geelong Gallery, Geelong; 2006.
Expansion; Lancaster Press Gallery, Melbourne;2005.
Ballarat and Beyond; Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat; 2005.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place; Lancaster Press Gallery, Melbourne; 2004.
City Life; Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York;2004.
Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, Nantucket; 2003.
Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York; 2002.
Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, Nantucket; 2002
Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York; 2001.
Hammer Galleries, New York; 2000.
Archibald Prize; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney;1998.
Wynne Prize; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991-92, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000.
Uncommon Australians; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, (then touring all State and National Galleries); 1992-1993.
Portraits of Joseph Brown; Latrobe University Gallery, Melbourne; 1991.
Sir William Dobell Art Award; Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney; 1989.
Ansett Invitation Art Award; City of Hamilton Art Galley, Hamilton;1989.
Alice Bale Art Award; McClelland Gallery, Langwarrin; 1987, 1991.
Fine Painting; Australian Galleries, Melbourne;1985.
Wynne Trustees Water Color Prize; Art Gallery of New South Wales;1993.
Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship; 1993.
Wynne Trustees Water Color Prize; Art Gallery of New South Wales; 1989.
Royal Overseas Art Award, Open Prize; 1984.
Westfield Collection; 1999.
Potter Museum, Melbourne University; 1998.
National Gallery of Victoria; 1995-1996.
Linfox Transport; 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993-1994.
Chaiyong Limthonkul Foundation Fine Art Museum, Bangkok; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; National Library of Australia, Canberra; State Library of Victoria, Melbourne; State Library of Queensland, Brisbane; Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne University; Deakin University, Melbourne; Latrobe University Gallery, Melbourne; Joseph Brown Collection, N.G.V., Melbourne; Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton; Geelong Gallery, Geelong; Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat; Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Castlemaine; The Town Hall Gallery, Boroondara.
David Hurlston, Preserving The Past, Enriching The Future Hugh Williamson's Legacy, NGV, 2008.
David Thomas, d’ART, The Art Of Robert, The Lytlewode Press, Stoke-On-Trent, 2007.
David Thomas, Urban Myths, Catalogue essay - Touring Exhibition, 2007.
Gordon Morrison, Ballarat In Pictures, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, 2006.
McCulloch, McCullochs Encyclopedia Of Australian Art, Aus. Art Editions, 2006.
Peter Steele, The Whispering Gallery, Art Into Poetry, Macmillan, 2006.
Gerard Vaughan, and others, The Joseph Brown Collection, N.G.V., (essay; Kirsty Grant), 2004.
The Australian Art Market Report, (Issue 13),Top 10 New High Prices At Auction, Spring, 2004.
Hugh Williamson Foundation, Annual Report, 2002.
Nevill Drury, Images 3; Contemporary Australian Painting, Craftsman House, 1998.
Tom Prior, They Trusted Men, Wilkinson, (cover), 1996.
Hugh Williamson Foundation, Annual Report, 1996.
Katrina Fox, The Linfox Letter, Issue 26, (cover and feature article), 1996.
National Mutual Calendar, C+Bus Collection, 1996.
National Gallery of Victoria Foundation, Annual Report, (cover), 1996.
McCulloch, Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Allen and Unwin, 1994.
Julian Fagan, Uncommon Australians; Towards an Australian Portrait Gallery, Art Exhibitions Australia Ltd., 1992.
Tom Prior, Bolte by Bolte, Craftsman Press, (cover), 1990.
Tom Prior, A Knockabout Priest, Hargreen, (cover), 1985.
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