Crichton’s physical journeys, to America and Ireland and to the remoter parts of Aboriginal Australia, have been triggers for a grand search for origins. There’s an obvious contemporary relevance to this concern with population exchange, national and personal identity; but Crichton’s journeys are not intended as social commentary. More to do with a search for meaning and direction, personal milestones that might have a universal connection, the natural tendency of the artist to fully clothe his inner life… he makes paintings, not art-political statements about race relations or reconciliation. He deals not with cultural appropriations but with the abstract bones of picture making; expressive coloured shapes and spaces, inventive and emotionally loaded areas of flat stuff arranged on other flat stuff. Ronald Millar, artist and critic 2002.

VIEW AWARDS AND APPOINTMENTS, SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

AWARDS AND APPOINTMENTS

1956-66 Lecturer in Fine Art , RMIT
1965 Commendation Award Georges Art Prize
1967-69 Harkness Fellowship of the Commonwealth Fund
1970 Commendation Award Alice Springs Art Prize
1970-80 Lecturer in Fine Art RMIT
1981 Appointed artist-in-residence, University of South Carolina USA
1981-94 Senior Lecturer RMIT
1981-82 Appointed International Visiting Artist, Georgia State University Atlanta USA
1987 Gold Coast Art Award

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1960 Gallery A Melbourne
1963 Australian Galleries
1965 Bonython Galleries Adelaide
1966 Australian Galleries; Bonython’s Hungry Horse Gallery Sydney
1967 Bonython Gallery Adelaide
1969 Australian Galleries Melbourne, New York paintings (Parade)
1970 Bonython Galleries Sydney and Adelaide
1971 Australian Galleries Melbourne, Cow Series
1974 Macquarie Gallery Sydney
1976 Macquarie Gallery Sydney
1978 Melbourne University Gallery, Profile Works 1958-78
1980 Macquarie Gallery Sydney, Farewell Ballet
1982 Lagerquist Gallery Atlanta USA , Atlanta Pastels
1982University of South Carolina Beaufort USA, Spring Arts Festival
1982 Georgia State University USA, 3 Points Survey Show
1986 Powell Street Gallery Melbourne, Summer Diary Lagerquist Gallery Atlanta USA
1989 BMG Fine Art Gallery Sydney, The Journey
1991 Kenthurst Gallery Sydney, Summer Diary 2;
1992 Kenthurst Gallery Sydney, Childhood Album
2002 Lauraine Diggins Fine Art Melbourne, The Far Shores
2009 Eastgate & Holst Melbourne, Survey 1955 – 1975
2011 Eastgate & Holst Melbourne, Works from the Studio
2012 Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum, Retrospective
2014 Eastgate & Holst Melbourne, Works from the Studio

Tent with Red Roof, 1995, oil on board, 60 x 91cm
Tent with Red Roof, 1995, oil on board, 60 x 91cm
Survival, 1994, oil on Ccnvas, 76 x 91cm
Survival, 1994, oil on Ccnvas, 76 x 91cm
Planes and Campers, oil on canvas, 42 x 56cm SOLD
Planes and Campers, oil on canvas, 42 x 56cm SOLD
Nightfall, 1995, oil on canvas, 76 x 91cm
Nightfall, 1995, oil on canvas, 76 x 91cm
Night Excursion, 1996-98, oil on canvas, 122 x 153cm  SOLD
Night Excursion, 1996-98, oil on canvas, 122 x 153cm SOLD
Richard Crichton, Landscape and Tent, 1995, oil on board, 61 x 92cm SOLD
Richard Crichton, Landscape and Tent, 1995, oil on board, 61 x 92cm SOLD
Ground Clearing 1, watercolour on paper, 57 x 76cm
Ground Clearing 1, watercolour on paper, 57 x 76cm
Ground Clearing 2, watercolour on paper, 57 x 76cm SOLD
Ground Clearing 2, watercolour on paper, 57 x 76cm SOLD
Ground Clearing 3, watercolour on paper, 57 x 76cm
Ground Clearing 3, watercolour on paper, 57 x 76cm
Final Burn, oil on board, 61 x 92cm
Final Burn, oil on board, 61 x 92cm
Dogs in Torchlight, 1996, oil on canvas, 153 x 123cm
Dogs in Torchlight, 1996, oil on canvas, 153 x 123cm
Richard Crichton, Arnhem Land Gathering, 1995, oil on canvas, 91 x 121cm
Richard Crichton, Arnhem Land Gathering, 1995, oil on canvas, 91 x 121cm
Campsite with Tent, 1995, oil on board, 61 x 92cm
Campsite with Tent, 1995, oil on board, 61 x 92cm
Campfires at Baniyala, 1995, oil on canvas, 91 x 122cm SOLD
Campfires at Baniyala, 1995, oil on canvas, 91 x 122cm SOLD
Richard Crichton, Camp by Lantern Light, 1995, oil on canvas, 92x123cm,
Richard Crichton, Camp by Lantern Light, 1995, oil on canvas, 92x123cm,
Burning Off 2, 1995, oil on canvas, 51 x 61cm SOLD
Burning Off 2, 1995, oil on canvas, 51 x 61cm SOLD
Burning Off 1, 1995, oil on canvas, 46 x 76cm
Burning Off 1, 1995, oil on canvas, 46 x 76cm
Richard Crichton, Arnhemland Journey 1, 1996, oil on canvas, 112x128cm
Richard Crichton, Arnhemland Journey 1, 1996, oil on canvas, 112x128cm
Arnhem Land Journey 3, 1995-6, oil on canvas, 76 x 91cm
Arnhem Land Journey 3, 1995-6, oil on canvas, 76 x 91cm
Richard Crichton, Camp -Morning, oil on canvas, 91 x122cm
Richard Crichton, Camp -Morning, oil on canvas, 91 x122cm
Arnhem Land Journey 4, Oil on Canvas, 77 x 91cm
Arnhem Land Journey 4, Oil on Canvas, 77 x 91cm
Arnhem Landscape, oil on board, 92 x 122cm
Arnhem Landscape, oil on board, 92 x 122cm
Burn-Back, oil on canvas, 91 x 122cm
Burn-Back, oil on canvas, 91 x 122cm
Irish Journey,1994, oil on board, 91 x 122cm
Irish Journey,1994, oil on board, 91 x 122cm
Ship Aground, 1995, oil on board, 61 x 91cm
Ship Aground, 1995, oil on board, 61 x 91cm
Storm Surge, oil on board, 61 x 91cm
Storm Surge, oil on board, 61 x 91cm
Beached, 1995, oil on board, 61 x 91cm
Beached, 1995, oil on board, 61 x 91cm
Vortex ,1997, oil on canvas, 55 x 77cm
Vortex ,1997, oil on canvas, 55 x 77cm
Memorials, 1997, oil on canvas, 23 x 46cm
Memorials, 1997, oil on canvas, 23 x 46cm
Sea Sky Souls,c.1997  oil on canvas, 55 X 77cm
Sea Sky Souls,c.1997 oil on canvas, 55 X 77cm
Richard Crichton, Exiled, 1997, gouache on paper, 76 x 57cm
Richard Crichton, Exiled, 1997, gouache on paper, 76 x 57cm
Richard Crichton,Strange Lands, 1997, gouache on paper, 76 x 57cm
Richard Crichton,Strange Lands, 1997, gouache on paper, 76 x 57cm
Richard Crichton, Across Oceans, 1997, gouache on paper, 76 x 57cm
Richard Crichton, Across Oceans, 1997, gouache on paper, 76 x 57cm