Richard Tipping – in ‘From Here, for Now’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Image above: Wrong day  2012, 2015  reflective tape on aluminium  90 x 120 cm. Image courtesy of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

We are pleased to share that Richard Tipping has five signworks hanging in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, South Building as part of the exhibition From Here, for Now, opened in coincidence with the new Sydney Modern Project.


Installation view, Art Gallery of New South Wales, South Building.

From Here, for Now presents works by Australian and international artists from the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ collection, exploring interrelated themes relevant to our current moment.

Reduce need  2012, 2015  reflective tape on box-edged steel sheet  80 x 120 cm. Image courtesy of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Installation view, Art Gallery of New South Wales, South Building.

The exhibition begins with the Australian outback as a signifier of national identity, before exploring themes of personal identity, the human body and selfhood, political urgency and lack of agency. Words are employed to direct effect in works by several artists including Tipping, who uses the language of road signs to grab and hold the audience’s attention.

Hum  1981, 2012  reflective tape on aluminium  81 x 81 cm.

From Here, for Now is open until Sunday 12 February 2023.


From Here, for Now
Art Gallery of New South Wales
South Building, lower level 2
Art Gallery Road, Sydney NSW 2000
5 November 2022 – 12 February 2023


Caution-there is no avant-garde  1993, 2012  reflective tape on aluminium  60 x 90 cm.

Exit strategy  2003  reflective tape on aluminium  120 x 122 cm. Image courtesy of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

‘Sculpture by the Sea’ – on until 7 November

Image above: installation view, Camie Lyons  Impromptu Making and Shadow  steel, paint  350 x 250 x 190 cm.

Australian Galleries is pleased to share that several of the gallery’s represented and notable artists are currently showing in the latest iteration of Sculpture by the Sea. Now in its 24th year, this public outdoor sculpture exhibition – the largest of its kind in the world – is showcasing over 100 artworks by Australian and international sculptors.

Ayako Saito  Tomb of Atreus  2022  steel, painted  210 x 180 x 230 cm.

 “The geometry of the parts of this sculpture, through their relation, add up to a new thing.” – Ayako Saito

Ron Robertson-Swann  Pythagoras  1984  steel, painted  182 x 227 x 267 cm.

“Pythagoras knew a thing or 2.” – Ron Robertson-Swann

Front and back views: Richard Tipping  The Sanctuary of Distance  2020/2022  edition 7  reflective tape, aluminium sheet, galvanised pole  70 x 90 x 5 cm.

“This work is comprised of four different signs, each double-sided with ‘Oh No’ on one side, and ‘Oh Yes’ on the other. It brings the template of the “Danger” sign into new use both as a cry of distress (‘Oh No’) and as a space for resolution and repair (‘Oh Yes’).”

“The sanctuary of distance is declared; and sculpture’s contemplative nature is announced.” – Richard Tipping

Richard Goodwin  Turbulence  aluminium  stainless steel, mild steel, plastic, concrete  441 x 225 x 225 cm.

“This work speaks to the park and dramatises the site. It is both tree-like and a furious seaweed cluster under water. The audience is left to draw the wind in their minds as the turbulence builds.” – Richard Goodwin

Michael Le Grand  Global Minuet  2020  painted steel  240 x 410 x 200 cm.

Michael Snape  Slow Turn  2020  steel  240 x 300 x 240 cm.

“Eighteen lines drawn, eighteen lines cut, bent eighteen times, obtuse or acute, making a Slow Turn.” – Michael Snape

Greg Johns  Horizon Figure  2018-2020  edition 3  corten steel  310 x 400 x 80 cm.

“This work is from a series which explores connection with the Australian landscape. This organic and complex work references the broken stone forms of our unique, weathered landscape.” – Greg Johns

Camie Lyons  Impromptu Making and Shadow  2019  steel, paint  350 x 250 x 190 cm.

“I picked up discarded wire and coaxed it into form. I found beauty in the tangled landscape. These works are those experiments blown up. The challenge was to remain true to the original continuous line work and resist the temptation to redirect.” – Camie Lyons

Jock Clutterbuck  The Orange Tree  2020  fabricated and cast aluminium  210 x 130 x 47 cm.

“The Orange Tree is the title of an early poem by John Shaw Neilson who grew up and worked as a labourer in the Western Wimmera region of Victoria where I also grew up.” – Jock Clutterbuck

James Parrett  M-fifty  2022  stainless steel  230 x 310 x 230 cm.

“M-fifty is primarily inspired by the aesthetic potential of the circular form and what can be achieved through the dissection and reconfiguration of radial arcs.” – James Parrett

Sculpture by the Sea continues until 7 November.

Sculpture by the Sea: 24th Exhibition
Bondi to Tamarama Beach
21 October – 7 November 2022

‘Sculpture Inside’

‘Sculpture Inside’, the small sculpture exhibition component of Sculpture by the Sea is now showing at Marquee, Mark’s Park, Tamarama – on the Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibition trail until 7 November.

The beautiful works below by Jimmy Rix, Camie Lyons, Ayako Saito and Ron Robertson-Swann are part of this dynamic exhibition of small scale pieces.

“Sculpture Inside’ is our free to the public indoor exhibition located in a pop-up marquee in Marks Park on the exhibition trail, showcasing small artwork by Sculpture by the Sea exhibiting artists.

We welcome visitors to come in and marvel at the presentation of sculpture on a small scale, displaying the diversity of the artist’s practice.
‘Sculpture Inside’ also provides a unique opportunity to purchase sculpture by emerging, mid-career and established Australian and International artists.”

 Above: Jimmy Rix The Sleeping Gypsy (after Rousseau)  bronze  edition of 9  21 x 33 x 25 cm


Above: Camie Lyons  Whirlpool  2021  bronze  46 x 49 x 44 cm

Above: Ayako Saito




Richard Tipping – ‘Hear the Art: Visual Poetry as Sculpture’ Publication

Image above: front cover view, Hear the Art, Visual Poetry as Sculpture (2022).

Richard Tipping has published a new publication on visual poetry, Hear the Art: Visual Poetry as Sculpture.

Hear the Art is the essential poetry-as-art collection, loaded with Richard Tipping’s elegant, wry and telling concrete poems made as sculpture and as picture. He is fascinated by words found within words, and articulating their iterations.

Tipping works with poetic language in visual forms and physical media ranging from animated neon, slump glass, engraved marble and screenprint to large-scale public sculptures in steel, granite and electric lights. Typographic designs move off the page, becoming independent poem objects until – while living in the artworld as things – they are photographed, and return to the page. This book is full of realised ideas, a rich panoply of word art demanding to be seen, heard and remembered.


Richard Tipping is also currently showing at Australian Galleries, Sydney in the solo exhibition Cosmic Seed until 30 October.


Cosmic Seed
Australian Galleries, Sydney
15 Roylston Street, Paddington NSW 2021
11 – 30 October 2022

Cosmic Metamorphosis #2  2022  digitally printed vinyl on aluminium  60 x 50 cm.