Richard Lewer on the Painters & Dockers Union and how it inspired his work | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Richard Lewer on the Painters & Dockers Union and how it inspired his work

26 Sep 2018

Watching the ships come in to the Melbourne docks inspired Richard Lewer’s interest in their history, and eventually the history of the Painters & Dockers Union of the 60s, 70s and 80s, which were depicted – along with a cast of colourful characters – in a series of paintings on display in the Potter’s State of the Union exhibition, 2018.

Artworks featured:
Richard Lewer, Elbwolf, 2011
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
Richard Lewer, The Workers United Will Never Be Defeated, 2011
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide