Richard Killeen

Richard Killeen grew up and continues to live in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Graduating from the the University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Arts in 1966, Killeen went on to assist his art school mentor, Colin McCahon, as he work on the east window of the Convent Chapel of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, Remuera.

Killeen exhibited with The Group (Christchurch) in 1967, and with the Peter McLeavey Gallery (Wellington) from 1975.

In the late 1970s Killeen developed his aluminium, cutout works, and by 1987 had begun to explore digital tools to generate the images for his work. In 2003 these works had transitioned to full digital production.

Killeen used a variety of supports for his cut-outs including cardboard, corflute, aluminium, and plywood. Since 2012 he has used a digital Image Database that plays with unique "categories and criteria from which he has been generating exhibitions."

In addition to his substantial solo and group exhibition record Killeen has been included in major international exhibitions such as Biennales of Venice, Gwangju, and Sydney. He was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki in 1999, and was recognised as a Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002.

~ cited from Peter McLeavy Gallery

See also:

Richard Killeen, 'Appropriation' (1984), University of Auckland, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021