Born 1965, Kadina, South Australia
At their most simple level, Robert Cleworth's accomplished paintings bring sexuality to the absolute foreground, with a seeming celebration of fornication and the carnal marriage of flesh on flesh. The figures shown are always fragments and juxtaposed with benign other elements such as clouds, landscapes and, through the quotation of abstract painting, notions of high art.
Cleworth acknowledges that he is implicated in the subject matter of his work. However, the intellectual basis of his investigations is an objective interest in issues of censorship, in feminist discourses on pornography, and in the phenomenon of societal polarisation around issues of sexuality.
Ross Wolfe from his Samstag essay, Samstag The First Millenium
1993 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
1993 International Student, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, UK
1992 Bachelor of Visual Arts, Australian National University, Canberra