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artists - Richard Killeen

Richard Killeen is a senior Auckland-based artist of great distinction who continues to influence younger generations of New Zealand artists today. Attending Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland from 1964 to 1966, Killeen initially began his career by painting super-realist scenes of suburban life before moving on to modernist grids. From 1978 he developed the cut-out aluminium shapes of his wall works for which he is perhaps best known. Today Killeen continues to develop and evolve his work, exploring the medium of new digital printing technologies to create dramatic, decoratively elaborate and eye-catching imagery. Killeen has shown with Brooke-Gifford since 1981. He is the winner of a number of important national awards including a QEII Arts Fellowship and his work is represented in all important national collections. A major survey of Richard Killeen’s work ‘Stories We Tell Ourselves’ was mounted by the Auckland Art Gallery in 1999.