" I love the marvellous colours of the garden. Oil paint allows me to enhance and revel in them. I want the viewer to feel my response to the landscape. It's about expressing in paint what is inexpresaable in words."
Born in 1953 in Melbourne Australia, Gordon Richards' career began in the kitchen as a highly acclaimed chef and owner of the innovative restaurant Bendigo in Victoria. Farming his own produce and concentrating on the innovation of new cuisine, Richards relocated to Noosa, Queensland where he finally realized his other talents – painting and drawing.
Richards' love of rich colour, texture and layers stems from his work with fresh food grown and nurtured by his own hands. The results are visual delights, vibrant and accessible, with an exuberance that reflects the painter's spirit and embrace of life. Richards is equally influenced by the 'fantastic light and colours' of his homeland and this inspiration, combined with his innate love of the process of creation has lead to a body of work that never fails to imbue the viewer with the painter's love of nature, hope, and joy at life.
1995 The Waiting Series Fine Art Stockroom, Brisbane 1996 Feast Your Eyes - Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane 1996 One Man Exhibition - The Queen Street Fine Art Gallery, Sydney 1997 Solo Exhibition - Libby Edwards Gallery, Melbourne 1997 Solo Exhibition - Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane 1998 Solo Exhibition - Libby Edwards Gallery, Melbourne 1999 Solo Exhibition - Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane 2000 Contemporary Australian Paintings - Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 2000 Blown Away - Solo Exhibition Libby Edwards Gallery, Sydney 2000 Take Me Home Baby - Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney 2001 One Man Exhibition - Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane 2003 La Dolce Vita - Art Galleries Schubert, Gold Coast 2003 New Works - Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney 2004 Mixed Exhibition – Richard Martin Art, Sydney 2005 Autumn Mixed Exhibition – Richard Martin Art, Sydney 2005 New Works - Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney 2006 Solo Exhibition - Vie à la Campagne, Richard Martin Art, Sydney 2006 Christmas Exhibition with Gallery Artists – Richard Martin Art, Sydney 2007 Top Guns 07 – Richard Martin Art, Sydney 2007 Solo Exhibition – Fleurtation, Richard Martin Art, Sydney 2008 Group Summer Exhibition - Richard Martin Art, Sydney 2008 Solo Exhibition - Tides of Spring – Schubert Contemporary Gallery, Gold Coast Qld 2009 Solo Exhibition - Bird Song - Richard Martin Art, Sydney 2010 Solo Exhibition - Sweet Consequences - Richard Martin Art, Sydney
Represented in numerous private and corporate collections throughout Australia and overseas including USA, Brazil, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and Japan.