AWI(LM)., FVAS.,(Aust.), FRSA (LON), PWS (UK); AWS (USA), ISMP. (USA), KA. (USA), MHSMA. (Mexico)




Born in Melbourne, Australia, 1930, the distinguished Australian artist, Robert A. Wade, has gained International acclaim. He has exhibited with most of the major Watercolour Societies in the World and won important awards in many countries.

In 1986 he received the "Advance Australia Medal" for his outstanding contribution to Australian art, in 2003 he received the Medal of The Order of Australia for “his contribution to Watercolour as Artist, Educator and Promoter of Australian Art.” He was elected "Artist of the Year", Victorian Artists' Society, 1985 and 1986; in 1988 he received the "Winsor and Newton Australian Bi-Centenary Award for Watercolour". His work has received 13 Major overseas awards, in England, France and USA, plus 95 awards in Australia. Among the awards are the Cornelissen Award of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, London, 1983; Talens Award and Public Choice, Grand Prix International, Tregastel, France 1994; Clay Kent Medal, (BEST IN SHOW), International Society of Marine Painters, Washington, D,C., 1985; eight major awards of the celebrated Salmagundi Club, New York, including the Macowin Tuttle Memorial Award, (FIRST PRIZE, WATERCOLOR,) 1989 and 1990; Emanuel Krueger Memorial Award (BEST IN SHOW) 1988; 95 awards for watercolour in Australia since 1977, including three Gold Medals for Watercolour at Camberwell Rotary Exhibition, 1981, 1985, 1987.

Wade was elected Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute, 1983( LM 2011); elected Member American Watercolor Society 2000; Honorary Member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, London, 1983/1990; Elected Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, London, 1987; Honorary Member Sociedad Mexicana de Acuarelistas, Mexico, 1982; Elected Member International Society of Marine Painters, USA, 1980; Elected Member Salmagundi Club NY 1985 and Knickerbocker Artists New York, 1991; Honorary Member Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, USA, 1985; Life Member of Watercolour Society of Victoria; Patron and Life Member of the Hawthorn Artists' Society; Fellow of Victorian Artists' Society and former Council Member; Life Member Peninsula Arts Society; Honorary Member Central Ontario Art Association.(Canada). In 2008 he was elected to Honorary Membership of the prestigious Pure Watercolour Society (UK)

He has exhibited with most of the world's major Watercolour Societies including the American Watercolor Society, NYC, 1981, 1993, 2000, 2006; Royal Watercolour Society's Open, London, 1983; Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, London, annually 1983-1993.

His work is represented in many public, corporate, and private collections including the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Royal Watercolour Society, London; Salmagundi Club, New York; Australian Watercolour Institute; Westpac Bank; Bank of Tokyo; Museum of Watercolour, Mexico City; State Regional Galleries, Hamilton, Mornington Peninsula and Castlemaine, Victoria, Grafton NSW; Victorian State College; Victorian Artists' Society. His commissions include paintings for Australia Post's Aerogramme for the International Philatelic Exhibition, 1984, the Bible Society's 1988 Australian Bi-Centenary Bible, the 1988 Australian Bi-Centenary Open Golf Championship, and for many leading International golfers and Golf Clubs. His work is published in limited editions by Rosenstiel's Fine Arts, London.

He has conducted Workshops regularly in Europe and the USA for the last twenty years, inspiring his students with his infectious enthusiasm and his consummate mastery of the Watercolour medium. He has contributed regular articles to "Australian Artist,” “International Artist” and overseas art magazines for many years. Wade's three best-selling books and four videos have all received world-wide acclaim. One of our most respected artists, his name is synonymous with watercolour worldwide.  In the United States he has been dubbed “the World Ambassador of Watercolor”