Born in New Zealand. Richard Kulma, is a mid-career professional artist based in Melbourne. From an early age he was inspired and tutored by his father – the artist Kazimir ‘Jack’ Kulma. A thorough grounding in the techniques of painting and sculpture gave him an inevitable direction to pursue art as a career.
Later during his extensive travels he developed and refined his skills as an artist until turning professional in 1976. Always driven by a powerful creative need, his diversity and depth have sustained him through the tribulations of professional art.
A range of subject matter, experimentation and technique in the pursuit of that always elusive artists’ muse (excellence) has seen his work develop to the stage where he is represented extensively in corporate and private collection throughout Australia, the UK, USA and Asia. Passion and commitment drive him to continually seek new ground with the tradition of using only the best materials available to create his works.
Currently, as a contemporary realist artist his use of colour and composition together with a fertile imagination, creates work on a larger scale that is often dramatic and powerful
‘I like my works to have ‘something else’ about them … something beyond the immediate image – enigmatic, even a little surreal. They should reach people like a painted emotion. Elusive - yes, but that’s what I try to achieve’
To take a subject and give it depth and so much more is evident in the works of Richard Kulma. The influence and inspirations of various artists have made their mark yet a distinctive talent emerges to put paint to canvas. Always passionate, always on the creative move to compose and execute that next inspiration with practiced skill, is the hallmark of his work. The ability and willingness to continually learn and move beyond any comfort zone is the restless pursuit of this creative spirit.
Richard has extensively exhibited in group and solo shows.
Clients include: AMP, McDonnell Douglas (USA), Linfox, Hughes (USA), Telstra, Fildes Corporation Cadbury Schweppes, Department of Public Prosecutions (VIC), Shell Australia Morley First National, Qantas, Atlas Pacific, The Good Guys, FJ Pharmaceuticals, Marketability, Midland Bank (UK), Orlando Wines, Lanson Corporation, Hughes Pastoral