Assimilation (Join, or Die) 132 x 148cm oil paint and oil stick on canvas


26th June – 21st July 2018


Jan Murphy Gallery
486 Brunswick Street
Post Office Box 2251
Fortitude Valley Qld 4006 Australia
Telephone +61 7 3254 1855


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Artist Statement

While walking my dog past a local sports oval a while ago I noticed a scoreboard that had the words Home / Visitors painted on it. Out of the context of sport those two words really captured my imagination. What is home? And who are the visitors? I used these questions as a jumping off point thematically to explore ideas of place and belonging.

As a research tool for this series of paintings I’ve been using Google Earth to study suburbs such as Peppermint Grove and Vaucluse, and also places that are harder to access in person such as mines, detention centres and remote communities. I’m looking for sites of significance in relation to the idea of the Australian landscape, both physically and culturally. There’s a tension in these contrasting places that I’m interested in capturing.

Fred Fowler


Photo: Amelia Stanwix