Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia in 1950, I developed a passion for drawing from my father.

I graduated from the Tasmanian School of Art in 1971 as an Art Teacher and worked in seven Government schools before retiring in December of 2005 to pursue a greater focus on my art.

During my time as a teacher I managed to practise my art where and when possible. As well as a producer of art, I have held the positions of Art Curator at the Mezzanine Gallery at Country Club Tasmania and two local café galleries. I also conduct art workshops in Tasmania and Far North Queensland.

I began exhibiting in 1976 with the Tasmanian Independent Artists’ Group.
Besides many solo exhibitions, I was a member of the former Tasmanian Abstract and Contemporary Artists’ group (vice-President).

I have won numerous awards, the most noteworthy being the City of Burnie Art Prize in 2010. I have twice (2009, 2014) been a finalist in the Glover Art Prize and the Bay of Fires Art Prize (2014, 2017).

In 2014 I was awarded Master Pencil Artist Status by the Canadian Pencil Society and was appointed an Ambassador for Caran d’Ache (Australia) in 2016.

My blog (www.artkleko.wordpress.com) is ranked 12th out of the 50 top coloured pencils blogs worldwide.

Drawing, whether in pastel (oil and chalk) or pencil (greyscale and colour) has always been the mainstay of my visual expression. Over the past ten years I have focussed on coloured pencils, some with a chalky finish and others displaying wax-like qualities. I work on a variety of papers and pastel boards, preferring a coloured surface.

My artwork has always been about the Tasmanian landscape. My most recent work is a complex mix of Christian symbolism, shadows and macro studies, often from forest floors. Some pieces are direct social commentaries while others celebrate design in nature with at times a surreal element.

CV: Richard Klekociuk
Represented by Gallery Pejean, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

Exhibitions Since 2000:
2016 – Colour Fields – Gallery Pejean, Launceston.
2015 – Colour Shock – The Brave Art Gallery, Longford.
2014 – The Shock of the View – Table Cape Gallery.
2014 – Glover Prize Finalist.
2014 – Landscape Precis – The Brave Art Gallery, Longford.
2013 – Rocking On – My Gap Year – Providore gallery Launceston.
2010 – The Truth About Coloured Pencils – Lady Franklin Gallery, Hobart.
2009/10 – Another Slice – Banjo’s Bakery, Kings Meadows.
2009 – Recent Drawings, Scottsdale Art & Framing Gallery, Scottsdale.
2009 – Bread – Café Eleven, Launceston
2008 – The Java Bar, Launceston.
2008 – Café Eleven, Launceston.
2007 – The DAG, Launceston.
2007 – Café Eleven, Launceston.
2006 – Precision Jewellers, Launceston.
2000 – Trinity Uniting Church, Launceston.

Website: www.artkleko.com Artblog: http://artkleko.wordpress.com

2015 – Drawing Prize – ArtEx, Ulverstone.
2015 – Capital Chemist Art Award – Judge’s Commendation.
2015 – Holy Trinity Religious Art Prize – Judge’s Commendation.
2015 – Bay of Fires Art Prize Finalist.
2014 – LGH Art Prize Finalist.
2014 – Glover Prize Finalist.
Won, Drawing Prize, ArtEX 2013, Ulverstone.
Judges’ Commendation, Mixed Media Award, ArtEX 2013, Ulverstone.
Won, Online Mixed Media Award Aus Coloured Pencil Group, February 2013.
Won, Art of Norfolk Plains Prize, February 2013.
Featured in “Colored Pencil” magazine in the US, September 2012.
Won the Landscape Prize at TasArt 2012.
Judges’ Commendation, TasArt 2012.
Featured in “Australian Artist Magazine”, March 2012.
Featured in “Artist’s Palette Magazine”, April 2011.
Highly Commended, Eskleigh Art Award, 2011.
Won, Hertiage Section, Meandering 2010 Art Exhibition.
Won, Drawing Prize, ArtEx 2010, Ulverstone.
Won, City of Burnie Art Prize, 2010.
Published in “The Best of Artists” (series) in the US, 2010.
Won, LAS Annual Acquisitive Art Award, 2010.
Judges’ Commendation, LAS Annual Art Award, 2009.
Won, Drawing Prize, ArtEx 2009, Ulverstone.
Won, Artery Award, TasArt 2009, Burnie.
Finalist, The Glover Prize, 2009.
Feature Artist, “From My Perspective” On-line Magazine Nov, 2008.
Won, Art Professionals’ Prize, Royal Hobart Show, 2008.
Won, Pastel Prize, TasArt 2008.
Listed in “Who’s Who Tasmania” 2008.
Won, Holy Trinity Religious Art Prize, 2008.
Group Exhibitions:
The Tasmanian Independent Artists’ Group.
The Tasmanian Abstract & Contemporary Artists’ Group.
Showcase Seven.
The Art Society of Tasmania.
The Max Fry Art Exhibition.
Gallery Two Launceston.
The Tasmanian Pastel Society.
The Launceston Art Society.
Artisan Gallery.
Annual Eskleigh Art Awards.
The North East Arts & Crafts Association.
Past & Present Art Teachers of Scottsdale High School.
Scottsdale Art & Framing Gallery.
The DAG Launceston.
The Burnie Coastal Arts Group
Rotary Art, Launceston.
Red Q Art Auction.
City of Burnie Tasmanian Art Exhibition.
Wrest Point Art Award.

Website: www.artkleko.com
Artblog: http://artkleko.wordpress.com

Launceston Art Society (Committee Member)
Australian Coloured Pencil Artists’ Group.
United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society.
Colored Pencil Society of America.
The Centre for Fine Art Photography.
Pencil Art Society

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