Monday, December 28, 2009

Ricky Swallow at the NGV

Fig. 1 - Ricky Swallow. English Lime wood, 2008. photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Left - Come Together - Ricky Swallow. Jelutong, 2002 66 x 64 x 81 cm. Right - The Bricoleur - Ricky Swallow. Jelutong, 2006, 122 x 25 x 25 cm. Photos : Fredrik Nilsen.

One Nation Underground - Ricky Swallow, Watercolor on Paper, 10 parts, 2007, 28 x 35 cm each. photos : Fredrik Nilsen

Now that the hyped-up Christmas panic has passed, your living room is vaguely back in order, and your fridge stocked with enough leftovers for 2 weeks, it's time to do some stuff you don't normally have time to do.... like catch the tram into town and see an art show, perhaps!?

I have been meaning to get to the Ricky Swallow exhibition at the NGV in Fed Square for soooo long. He's such a superstar - at just 35, Swallow has won international acclaim for his stunning lifelike woodcarving sculptures and haunting watercolours.... and even though he's a US resident right now, we just won't let Mr Swallow forget where he came from! (ie Melbourne!)

The Bricoleur - Ricky Swallow
NGV Australia
Ian Potter Centre
Federation Square
Melbourne CBD

Tickets - $10.00 adult, $7.00 concession

Until Feb 28th

Together is the New Alone, - Ricky Swallow. Jelutong, Epoxy putty, Glass, 2002, 30 x 16.5 x 15
photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Top - Killing Time - Ricky Swallow, Jelutong, Maple bracing, 2003-2004, 108 x 184 x 118 cm. Photo: Karl Schwerdtfeger. Bottom - Killing time detail.


  1. Such a great exhibition! I particularly loved the balloon with the barnacles growing on them, it's incredible how truly he models the weight of any object.
    And by the way, thanks for your blog Lucy, and I wish a beautiful new year!

  2. Absolutely. He's such an unbelievable talent. Truly magical.