Born 1929, London, England, arrived in Sydney, Australia 1962
Richard Larter’s vivacious, pop-art influenced paintings draw together his interests in colour, the figure, popular culture, film, music, politics and the body. His continuous experimentation with form, technique and subject matter has generated a vast and diverse body of work and led to his celebration as one of Australia’s most dynamic and audacious artists. As in Well alright, so now (1970), his works frequently exhibit a collage aesthetic, assembling disparate figures, faces and abstract elements together with a colourful, vibrant intensity.
Larter’s representation of the female figure was initially influenced by European painters including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. His favourite model was his wife Pat whom he painted frequently, depicting her as sexually provocative, powerful, playful and tender.
After arriving in Australia in 1962 Larter gained significant recognition and in 1970 his painting Sliding easy (1970) was acquired by the National Gallery of Australia. He has been included in many significant group exhibitions throughout Australia, including survey exhibitions at the Queensland University of Technology (1985), Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane (1991), and Heide Museum and Art Gallery, Melbourne (2002). The National Gallery of Australia, which holds the largest collection of Larter’s work, held a major retrospective in 2008.
Larter is also represented in the collections of all state and many regional galleries, Parliament House, Canberra, Artbank, and many universities.