Ric Abel Artist
Ric Abel is a man of many styles. Rather than being pigeonholed into doing just one thing, he is an artist who reinvents himself in almost every body of new work. Throughout his oeuvre though, there are recurring subjects and themes, whether it's the perils of Mr Squiggle or the plight of the Cyberman, Ric travels through landscapes, skulls and quasi-cubist forays.
An artist and former restaurateur, Ric Abel co-founded the Artichoke Gallery Café, a Bohemian-vibed restaurant and live music venue, with the primary aim to foster emerging local talent throughout the region, and which went on to become an institution in Manly NSW. The history of the venue included regular exhibitions of local artists, a broad range of art classes, art-themed corporate & fund raising events, and hosted over 3000 live gigs. It was also a film location for musician Jim Moginie (of Midnight Oil) directed by Robert Hambling; and rising star Iluka. Ric also produced Live at the Artichoke CDs to promote local musicians and many of the musicians also benefited by Ric's active promotion of their talent when they were hired for many outside private events. With all this history, it only seemed natural for Ric to conceive the SHAC Robertson, which he founded in 2018 as an artist collective. The SHAC went on to become an not-for-profit association with its own committee, resident artists, and NFP art gallery, and have since relocated to Bowral.
Abel was a finalist in the 2013 Blake Prize as well as a finalist in the Archibald's Salon des Rufusés.
Formerly represented by Maunsell Wickes, after being recommended to the Paddington gallery by John Olsen, Ric now prefers self representatation. His work can be viewed and acquired through Spud Lane Gallery.
- WTF Cubist Still Life, Spud Lane Studios, Robertson (2022)
- Colins & The Cats, Spud Lane Studios, Robertson (2021)
- Survey Show, Spud Lane Studios, Robertson (2019)
- Places and Other Faces, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney (2014)
- Ruminations & Other Things, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney (2013)
- Spud Town, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney (2012)
- Mr Squiggle — A Journey, Hardware Fine Arts, Sydney (2002)
Selected Group Exhibitions
- Self, Southern Highlands Artisans Collective, Robertson (2021)
- Young & Up & Coming Artists, Maunsell Wickes Gallery at Wombat Hollow (2017)
- 12th International Gyeonggi Ansan Art Fair, South Korea (2015)
- Mr Squiggle: Who's Pulling the Strings, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney (2017)
- Kangaroo Valley Art Prize (2022 finalist)
- Blake Prize for Religious Art (2013 finalist)
- Archibald Portrait Prize (Salon des Refusés) (2013 finalist)
- Mosman Art Prize (2015 finalist, 1998 finalist, 1997 finalist, 1996 finalist)