Wells carved his first figure in wax aged 8 and went on to traditional schooling and formal studies in oil painting, life drawing and sculpture. Prominent and respected artists Anton Chapman, Michael Easton and Roderick Burgess have tutored Richard.
Wells’ work has been exhibited in Auckland where he has gained both public and private commissions, including a wide array of portraits. Pieces of his work are in international collections, notably the UK and the USA, as well as being in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa’s permanent collection.
Parnell Gallery has represented Richard Wells since 2004.