Richard is a practicing visual artist as well as educator. His extensive travel has taken him into fields of artistic influence where he has absorbed much from the world's important artists.
Richard graduated Victorian College of the Arts in 1981 and has continued to make art in a range of media since then. He has exhibited in Melbourne 1982 and Japan in 1991 and 1995 and his work 'Bicycle Piece' 1981 is in the collection of the National Gallery Victoria. He is currently working on material for a show in Melbourne. You can find all his latest works on Instagram@helveticamediuma. Press the link in the footer of this page.
He works in many media and continues to depict the world around him.
This page is arranged with the current works at the top, earlier ones are below.
2016 - current
Roberts' quest for the depiction of landscape and form in the age of the digital space, has lead him to question the role of seeing; perception, recording, accuracy and the act of interpretation and reproduction. The pixel has become the 'unit of scene'.
On holiday in September 2016 Richard began to develop experiments into the role of the pixel in recording, storing then reconstructing of space and time. These experiments have been made with colour pencils, mixed media, collage, photo collage, vector artwork, animated photo collage.
Richard believes in the arbitary so has used grids ranging from 4 to 300 squares. Most of the images here are made at 1 metre square. Camping V2 and Melbourne in March are both 1 x 3 metres in length.
Click on the 'motion art' images to visit the actual moving artworks.
Walking from The Deep to the Beach through Peppers, Palm Cove, 2017.
Click to visit this motion image.
Digital and manual art
1999 - 2015
During this period Roberts resumed painting. As his daughter and family friends married, he painted pictures to commemorate their weddings.
On this section you will see the large acrylic on canvas from life camping. This becomes the prototype for the digital work looking back in 2017.
Take Care the Colours You Bring, 2016. Acrylic on canvas. (Sorry about the quality of this image just now).
See the Beauty, Read the Signs. 2015. Acrylic on canvas.
Lunchtime, St Paul's, 1999. Acrylic on canvas.
Lunchtime, Japanese sister school. 1999. Oil on canvas.