Robert Clinch

1957 - Present

Biography

Clinch's striking imagery transports the viewer to a fictional but hauntingly real world; telling accessible tales of loneliness, joy, injustice, humour, melancholy and whimsy.

In keeping with his neo-renaissance use of the luxurious 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 fastidious approach is devoted to his beautifully hand-drawn limited-edition lithographs.

Clinch has completed many major commissions, including works for; The National Gallery of Victoria, The Ian Potter Museum (Melbourne University), Frank Lowy (Westfield Holdings) and Lindsay Fox (Linfox Transport).

Exhibitions

SOLO

2014

Sounds of Silence: Robert Clinch, National Museum of Szcezecin, Poland

2013 

Fanfare for the Common Man, Art Gallery of Ballarat & touring to Wollongong City Gallery

2011  

Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane

Real Life, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell

2010

Themes and Variations, Manningham Council Gallery

2009

Lithographs, Drawings & Egg Tempera, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

Solitary Perspectives, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton

2008

Black & White, Hill-Smith Gallery, Adelaide

2007

Urban Myths and Legends, Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne

Urban Myths, Touring; Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Benalla Art Gallery, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Geelong Gallery

2006

Robert Clinch, Lithographs, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

1994

Robert Clinch, Lithographs McClelland Galleries, Langwarrin

1988

Works On Paper, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

GROUP

2016

Collectors Exhibition; Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne 
Dialect: 
The Town Hall Galery, City Of Boroondara
Summer Salon Show:  Metropolis Gallery, Geelong

2015
Salon: Gem's from the Stockroom;
 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

2014
The Object Devine; 
Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne
The Big Picture Show: Large Scale Australian Paintings;
 Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne
DRAWN: Following The Line; 
Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne

2013
X-Marker: 10 years of the Town Hall Gallery collection; 
the Town Hall Gallery, City Of Boroondara
Burnie Print Prize 2013
; Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Burnie

2012
Dreams and Reality; Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong
Parallel Lines: Recent work by Robert Clinch and Peter Serwan; 
Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier
Urban Spaces; Steps Gallery, Melbourne

2011
Banyule Award For Works On PaperBanyule Art Space, Melbourne
Collaborations: artist & printer; 
Lancaster Press Gallery, Melbourne
Geelong Aquisitive Print Awards;
 
Geelong Gallery, Geelong
Contemporary And Collectable Australian Printmakers; 
Metropolis Gallery, Geelong
On Paper; 
The Town Hall Gallery, City Of Boroondara
2011 Rick Amor Print Prize; 
The Barn Gallery, Montsalvat, Etlham

2010
2010 Fletcher Jones Art Prize
;
Geelong Gallery, Geelong

2009

In The Black, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne

2008
Annual Collectors' Exhibition, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne

Preserving The Past; Enriching The Future, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat

2008 Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong Gallery

People, Places, Townhall Gallery, Boroondara

Director's Choice Exhibition, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide

2007

Works From The Studio, Lancaster Press Gallery, Melbourne

Banyule Works on Paper Art Award, Banyule Art Space, Melbourne

The Art Of The Dog, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Castlemaine

Inaugural Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Burnie

2006

Passion Printing, Lancaster Press Gallery, Melbourne

Civic Connections, The Town Hall Gallery, Boroondara

Australian Print Making; 1960s to Present, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Castlemaine

Melbourne and Country, Adam Galleries, Melbourne

Geelong Aquisitive Print Awards, Geelong Gallery, Geelong

2005

Expansion, Lancaster Press Gallery, Melbourne

Ballarat and Beyond, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat

2004

Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Lancaster Press Gallery, Melbourne

City Life, Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York

2003

Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, Nantucket

2002

Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York

Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, Nantucket

2001

Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York

2000

Hammer Galleries, New York

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1998

Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1997

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1995

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1994

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1993

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1992

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Uncommon Australians, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, (then touring all State and National Galleries)

1991

Alice Bale Art Award, McClelland Gallery, Langwarrin

Portraits of Joseph Brown, Latrobe University Gallery, Melbourne

1989

Ansett Invitation Art Award, City of Hamilton Art Galley, Hamilton

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Sir William Dobell Art Award, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney

1987

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Alice Bale Art Award, McClelland Gallery, Langwarrin

1986

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1985

Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Fine Painting, Australian Galleries, Melbourne

Achievements, Collections & Commissions

ACHIEVEMENTS:

State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship, 2102-13

Archibald Prize;   Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998 (finalist)

Wynne Prize;       Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991-92, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000 (finalist)

Geelong acquisitive print awards, (finalist), Geelong Gallery, 2009

Wynne Trustees Water Colour Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1993

Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, 1993

Wynne Trustees Water Colour Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1989

Royal Overseas Art Award, Open Prize, 1984

COLLECTIONS:

Artbank

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat

Bankers Trust

Bank of Melbourne

Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Castlemaine

C+Bus

C.G.U. Insurance Collection

Chaiyong Limthonkul Foundation Fine Art Museum,Bankok

Co-Invest Ltd.

Deakin University, Melbourne

Geelong Gallery, Geelong

Gordon and Marilyn Darling Collection

Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton

Joseph Brown Collection, N.G.V., Melbourne

Kym Bonython Collection

Latrobe University Gallery, Melbourne

Linfox Transport

Lowenstein Collection

McClellan Gallery + Sculpture Park, Langwarrin

Myer Family Collection

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

National Library of Australia, Canberra

Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne University

State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

State Library of Queensland, Brisbane

Sussan Collection

The Town Hall Gallery, Boroondara

Westfield Collection

COMMISSIONS

Linfox, 2015

Westfield Collection, 1999

Potter Museum, Melbourne University, 1998

National Gallery of Victoria; 1995-1996

Linfox Transport; 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993-1994

Portrait; Dr. Joseph Brown, A.O., O.B.E., 1991

Portrait; Sir Henry Bolte, G.C.M.G.,1989

Portrait; Fr. John Brosnan, O.B.E.,1985

Bibliography

Mardi Nowak, Marion Piper, Marker: 10 Years of the Town Hall Gallery Collection, (Essay; Marion Piper), Town Hall Gallery, 2013

Robert Clinch, Artist Profile, Issue 24, (Essay), Nextmedia, 2013

David Thomas, Julie Collett, Robert Clinch; Fanfare for the common man, Art Gallery of Ballarat, 2013

Christine Rohrschneider, Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon (The Universal Artists Dictionary), Saur, 2011

Fiona West, Real Life: Stories from the Inner Suburbs, (Exhibition essay), Latrobe Regional Gallery, 2011

Megan McEvoy, Themes and Variations, (Catalogue interview), Manningham Gallery, 2010

Bryony Nainby, Zara Stanhope and Katherine Furlonger, The CBus Collection Of Australian Art, CBus, 2009

David Hurlston, Preserving The Past, Enriching The Future Hugh Williamson's Legacy, NGV, 2008

Thomas, David, ''d'Art: The Art of Robert Clinch'', The Lytlewode Press, Stoke-on-Trent, 2007