Richard Larter

Richard Larter Photo: Karleen Minney

One of Australia’s most recognised and acclaimed artists Richard Larter has died aged 85.

Born in Essex before moving to Australia with his wife Pat and young family in 1962, Mr Larter was renowned for his unusual painting techniques and pointillism style and for exploring themes of sexuality, free expression, censorship and the Vietnam War.

Mr Larter’s artwork is held in all major public collections in Australia and was the subject of a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia which accredited him as one of Australia’s most lively and engaging artists.

In 1953, Mr Larter married the model Patricia Holmes who was accredited as a major source of inspiration for his paintings even after her death in 1996. 

After initially settling in western Sydney with his family, Mr Larter later moved to Yass and then Canberra in 1999 with the region’s hills and plains serving as the inspiration for some of his paintings.

Mr Larter won the Berrima Art Prize in 1965, The Muswellbrook Art Prize in 1966, The Queensland Art Gallery Trustees Prize in 1976, and the Clemenger Contemporary Art Award from the National Gallery of Victoria in 1996.  

He died in Canberra on Friday, at the age of 85.