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Richard Larter

Richard Larter was born in London in 1929, migrating to Australia in 1962. Larter has widely exhibited throughout Australia since 1965, coming to prominence in the 1960s with his pop art works, for which he is still best known. Larter plays with the boundaries between high and low art and also between abstraction and figuration - working in both styles. The artist passed away in August 2014.

Larter's style is unique and instantly recognisable. He is best known for brightly coloured paintings juxtaposing multiple images, which are drawn from news clippings, film stills and pornography. He frequently paints in a pointillist style and will use unusual techniques, such a syringe filled with paint, to achieve his aims. Larter uses this bold aesthetic to explore contemporary culture and politics, as well as the human body and sexuality. In incorporating pornographic imagery Larter comments on desire, eroticism and censorship. Larter's wife Pat, an artist and filmmaker, frequently acted as a model for such works.

Larter's work was honoured in a retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia in 2008, and featured in Andy and Oz: parallel visions, exhibited at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA in 2007. His work is included in all major Australian public collections and numerous state, regional, university and private collections throughout Australia and overseas.

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