South Australian artist Richard Hendriks is a dedicated drawer and oil painter who attended the South Australian School of Art in the late 1970s. His interest in art began very early in his life and indeed he gained some recognition in his high school through several detailed surrealistic pencil drawings in 1974. Over the next two years he continued to draw and learned how to play the guitar and flute. While at the South Australian School of Art, he learned about art history as well as various art techniques, including printmaking, painting, sculpture, drawing and photography. At that time, his main influences were Yves Tanguay, William Turner, Salvador Dali, and various Australian artists, such as Geoffrey Smart, and Russell Drysdale. It was at this time that he began selling almost all of the work that he created, including those on exhibit at the School of Art. After exhibiting throughout most of the 1980's, he withdrew from his creative work in the 1990's to pursue a career in neuroscience, and completed a PhD in this area at that time. Painting and drawing remained a primary focus of his life, throughout.
He continued to sell his work following this period, including commissioned works for several interior decorators. In 1992 he moved to the USA to pursue his career in neuroscience, but always found a way to incorporate his art into his work. To expound, he drew several three dimensional renderings of nerve cells, that were incorporated into published, peer-reviewed, scientific journals. He continued to draw anatomical representations of various neuronal structures during this period, which he photographed, framed and has largely given away to friends as birthday presents etc.
He describes his pure artistic ventures as an attempt to connect with a deep inner energy, in much the same way that the artists Jackson Pollock or Gerhard Richter have done. He derives his style from many different influences, and includes most of the artists mentioned above,