Larter’s multi-paneled Big Bang, 1992, is a no-holds-barred, crowd-pulling, roof-raising, Olympic-scaled show stopper. I would also argue that it is also a DM, a Destination Masterpiece, of the kind that the National Gallery of Australia yearned to secure when it bought David Hockney’s A Bigger Grand Canyon, 1998, and Lucia Giordiano’s The Rape of the Sabines, 1672-74

- Bruce James, ‘Out of this World’, The Sydney Morning Herald, September 23, 2000


Richard Larter over his 50-year career was recognised as one of Australia’s most significant and collectable artists. Whether figurative or purely abstract, his paintings pulsate with an inner energy that sparks the imagination as much as the eye.

Big Bang is a rare and extraordinary example of this Larter’s work – at 21 metres long, it is one of the largest paintings undertaken by this artist. Since 2000 this painting was at UTS as a loan from Larter’s friend and gallerist Frank Watters. Dedicated to Frank by the artist, it was generously gifted to UTS in 2008. The subject matter – the ‘big bang’ theory of an ever-expanding universe – is writ large over the 10 panels, and is a fitting inclusion on the walls of the University of Technology. It can be viewed on level 6 of the main Tower building.

Richard Larter

  • Big Bang 1992
  • acrylic on canvas
  • 10 panels, 320 x 2100 cm overall
    • UTS Art Collection, donated by Mr Frank Watters through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2008
    • Accession number: UTS2008.002
    • On display