Richard Tipping

  • Richard Tipping, 'Artwork', Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail, Batlow 2022. Photo Robyn MacRae
  • Richard Tipping, 'Artwork', Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail, Batlow 2022. Photo Robyn MacRae

Richard Tipping (Maitland, NSW)

‘Artwork’, Batlow

Statement: From Tippings website: Artwork comes from an interest in art questioning art: what is this special category of things, events, experiences, both now and historically? If the promised Artwork is ‘ahead’ on one side of the sign, and ‘end’ on the other, where and which is the work? The sign itself only seen from the side, in the intermediate zone between beginning and ending? Words drive us to distraction, seeing written thoughts speak out. Signs corral us into behaviours we all graciously accept for the ease of social lubrication which they grant us as swirling citizens zooming across our destinies.

Biography: Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Richard Tipping studied in humanities at Flinders University, and later completed both a masters and a doctorate at the University of Technology Sydney.


Tipping is known for his verbal/visual art, and also as a widely published poet, as well as for his photography and documentary films on writers. He has exhibited sculpture and prints in many exhibitions in Australia, and in the USA and Europe. From 1989-2010 he was a lecturer in communication and media arts at the University of Newcastle in NSW.

Tipping has exhibited in group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of NSW in 1990 and 2019 and Ubu Gallery in New York in 1996 and 1997. He is represented in public collections including MOMA, the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, ArtBank in Sydney and the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities in Los Angeles.

Tipping has exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 11 times since 1998 and Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe three times since 2013.

He currently lives and works in both Sydney and Newcastle.


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