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.