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


To receive a copy of the catalogue or for any sales enquiries please contact - enquiries@janmurphygallery.com.au or call the gallery on +61 7 3254 1855


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


Now represented by Jan Murphy Gallery

I’m proud to announce that I’m now represented by Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane. My inaugural solo exhibition with the gallery will be from 26th June – 21st of July 2018.


Rare Visitors, Escaped Captives (2017)
Oil paint, acrylic, gold mic a flakes, micraceous iron oxide and on wood. 90 x 100cm (92 x 102 framed)

Small Craft on a Calm Sea


I’m thrilled to announce the release of my first limited edition print with Contemporary Editions. The print is titled ‘Small Craft on a Calm Sea’ and is taken from a recent oil painting of the same name.

The print is limited to an edition of 25 plus 3 artist proofs. It is a fine art print using archival pigment inks on 310gsm Hahnemule etching paper. The image size is 72 x 80cm and the paper size is 82 x 91cm. Each print is signed and numbered by me and is also embossed with the Contemporary Editions publishers chop.

The print will be available via the Contemporary Editions website this Friday the 1st of December at 12pm AEST.


Oblique Landscapes


I’m delighted to announce my forthcoming solo exhibition Oblique Landscapes with Fort Delta in Melbourne. Please join me on Thursday the 21st of September from 6 – 8pm to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. Details below.


Oblique Landscapes by Fred Fowler

21st September – 14th October 2017


Fort Delta

Capitol Arcade (Basement Level)

Shop 59 / 113 Swanston Street, Melbourne

P: + 61 3 8804 0888

P: 0406 290 269


Opening Thursday 21st of September

Gallery open from 12pm (with drinks from 6:00pm – 8:00pm)

Wednesday – Friday 12.00 – 6.00pm

Saturday 12.00 – 4.00pm


To receive a copy of the catalogue or for any sales enquiries please contact andy@fortdelta.com.au or call the gallery on 03 8804 0888 or 0406 290 269


* Presales will open at 12pm Friday the 15th of September.

Spring 1883

Late Immigrants (2017) Oil on wood, 76 x 91cm (78 x 93 framed)


I am thrilled to present a new painting and two small bronze figures with Fort Delta as part of the Spring 1883 art fair in Sydney.

Entrance and Fair Registration via 5 Bridge Lane, Sydney, see venue map here.
6th – 9th September 2017

More info here

Protectorate (Male) patinated bronze cast from wax, toothbrush and plastic rope
21 x 7 x 8cm, unique state

Qantas Curates

Qantas have recently launched new business class amenity kits featuring my work ’7000 Ironbarks’ as part of Qantas Curates, a project that will showcase the work of 16 Australian artists over two years. Other artists include Lucy Simpson, Rachel Castle, Tom Blachford, Billie Justice Thomson, Jon Campbell, Bonnie and Neil, Craig and Carl, Liam Snootle, Kate Banazi, Jacob Leary, Luke Shadbolt, Megan Weston, Myra Yurtiwa (dec), Nicole Warne and Polly Pawuya Butler-Jackson.

By This River

By This River (2017) Oil paint and micaceous iron oxide on wood 62 x 72cm (framed)


Included in the exhibition ‘Icon’ curated by Cassie May, at the Richmond Town Hall.

8th August – 27th October 2017


Under Wild Skies

‘The Keyholes’ oil, acrylic, micaceous iron oxide and mica flakes on wood 102.5 x 117.5cm (framed)


Fred Fowler is a visual explorer of wormholes, between civilisation and nature, native and invasive species, conflict and resolution. His paintings are seductive tableaux that subvert colonial traditions of landscape painting, and articulate the Australian condition past and present.

Under Wild Skies transforms Australia into densely textured walls of colour, torn between a complex past and an uncertain but joyous future. These works are based not only on the physical landscape, but also the cultural and psychological landscape of Australia.

Fred’s distinctive paintings bring together a collage of symbols – the local pool, sections of bushland, ghost nets, boats and buildings all combine to make place. With the addition of spirits, figures and animals comes biodiversity and interactions, which is where the paintings start to come alive.


Under Wild Skies by Fred Fowler
3rd – 8th December 2016

TDF Collect
14 Little Oxford St

Opening Saturday 3rd December.
Gallery open from 10:00am, with drinks from 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Sunday 4th December, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Monday 5th December, CLOSED
Tuesday 6th December, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday 7th December, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Thursday 8th December, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Gorman collaboration

I’m proud to announce the release of a collaboration with designer Lisa Gorman. The 43 piece collection features various elements from my paintings and drawings across a variety of fabrics and garments. More info at http://www.gormanshop.com.au/ and http://www.gormanshop.com.au/fred-fowler.html

Provenance Does Matter: The Collectors’ Exhibition at Alcaston Gallery

(detail) Assimilation III (Acceptance) 2015, oil on wood 102 x 132cm (framed)


Alcaston Gallery presents: ‘Provenance Does Matter: The Collectors’ Exhibition‘. A  collection of major artworks by important Australian and international artists with impeccable provenance. Curated by Beverly Knight, each artwork has had the added prestige of being selected by critical appraisers to be featured in significant museum exhibitions and art prizes.

Exhibiting Artists: Hector Burton, Willy Kaika Burton, Jimmy Donegan, Jaye Early, Emily Ngarnal Evans, Fred Fowler, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Willie Gudabi, The Hermannsburg Potters, Naomi Hobson, Judy Holding, Tjungkara Ken, Shirley Macnamara, Karen Mills, Claudia Moodoonuthi, Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Guykuda Mununggurr, Eubena Nampitjin, Greg Semu, Dean Smith, Angela Tiatia, and Lucy Yukenbarri.

22 March – 30 April 2016

Alcaston Gallery
11 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy,
Melbourne, Victoria, 3065 Australia

Tuesday to Friday 10am to 6pm
Saturday 11am to 5pm or by appointment



Invaded Landscapes at Koskela

Lovers and whales (2016) oil paint, spray-paint and acrylic on wood 60 x 72cm (framed)


This series of paintings colourfully investigates the impact of colonisation on the Australian landscape and its peoples. Symbols of native and invasive flora and fauna function as the main signifiers within the work. By building up layers of colour and texture, layers of meaning evolve as well, creating a ‘visual wall of colour’. The semi abstract and ambiguous nature of the paintings are deliberately left open to different interpretations by the viewer.

‘By looking at the land from various visual perspectives I’ve attempted to capture some of the vastness and complexities that make this continent and its cultures so unique.’

Invaded Landscapes will be showing at Koskela in Sydney from March 12 – April 10.

Opening celebration:
March 12th  2 – 3:30pm

1/85 Dunning Ave Rosebery NSW 2018
02 9280 0999

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri  9-5pm
Saturday  9-4pm
Sunday  10-4pm

Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize

Assimilation III (acceptance), oil on wood 102 x 132cm (framed) 2015
I’m honoured to have been selected as a finalist for the Macquarie Group Emerging Artists Prize this year. I submitted a set of 3 paintings (one of which is pictured above).

The exhibition will be open to the public from Monday 21 September at 10am.  It will be open Monday to Friday 10 am to 4pm.  The exhibition closes at 12 noon on Friday, 9 October.

9-19 Elizabeth St, Sydney



Last year I completed a residency in the Swan Hill region of Victoria – one of the video works I made (below) is being shown at an exhibition that tracks the 11 residencies that were held in 2012, 2013 and 2014. TWIG is on at the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery until the 18th of October. More info here


FSHTLS, digital video 2014


RAMMELLZEE mask (T), porcelain & glaze, 31 x 23 x 9cm, 2015

Beyond Limitations – Clayarch Gimhae Museum, South Korea

From the 21st July – 21st August I was in Gimhae, South Korea participating in a month long residency project at the Clayarch Gimhae Museum. The project was a cultural exchange workshop between Australian and Korean artists with a large scale exhibition at the end of it. Having never formally studied ceramics, the opportunity to work alongside 20+ ceramic artists in such incredible facilities was invaluable.

Install at Clayarch Gimhae Museum
The exhibition is open from the 21st of August – 11th of November.

More info about the exhibition here.


Migrants and Nomads, oil on wood 78 x 94cm framed, 2015

Proud to be a part of this exhibition. Featuring work by Kirra Jamison (VIC), Leah Fraser (NSW), Yvette Coppersmith (VIC), Julian Meagher (NSW), Miranda Skoczek(VIC), Laura Jones (NSW), Laura Skerlj (VIC), Belynda Henry (NSW), Fred Fowler (VIC), Barbara Kitallides (VIC), Elizabeth Barnett (VIC), Emma Lipscombe (WA), Liam Snootle (VIC), Sandra Eterovic (VIC), Sarah Kelk (VIC), Sean Fennessy (VIC), Rachel Castle (NSW), Stephen Baker (VIC), Billie Justice Thomson (VIC), Leila Jeffreys (NSW), Emily Ferretti (VIC), Skye Jefferys (VIC), Lucas Grogan (VIC), Evi O (NSW), Jennifer Tyers (NSW), Madeline Kidd (VIC), Minna Gilligan (VIC), Anna Varendorff (VIC), Louise De Weger (QLD).

Update: The exhibition raised $40,000 for the ASRC, congrats to everyone that was involved!



Another Day in Oceania

A Bridge Divider Between Melbourne and Port Moresby, Oil paint, spray paint and acrylic on wood, 102 x 102cm (framed).


I’m proud to announce Another Day in Oceania, an exhibition of new paintings at TDF COLLECT in Melbourne.

Open from 12 to 18 March 2015

TDF Collect
87 Albert St
Brunswick, VIC

Opening night 12 March 2015, 6.00pm – 8.00pm.

This exhibition utilises the vehicle of landscape painting to explore ideas about the conflict between native and invasive species, and more specifically, the relationship between birds and cats – a relationship that poses a a serious threat to native wildlife in Australia. While Fred does refer to his works as landscape paintings, he believes the scenes he creates are more concerned with the beings that inhabit the land rather than the land itself. The paintings in this series also convey the growing divide between civilisation and nature, and the clash of urban and remote cultures.

For more info and to view available work please visit TDF COLLECT.


Various ceramic experiments 2014

The Design Files Open House 2014

I’m proud to be showing four new paintings as a part of The Design Files Open House event this year. Open House is a big annual pop-up event that showcases local artists and designers. This year, for the first time, Open House will be custom designed, and built within a 400 square metre warehouse in Collingwood, Melbourne. This event is open from Thursday December 4th to Sunday December 7th, 10.00am – 5.00pm each day. More info here.

Artwork on wall – clockwise from left,Stephen GiblettEmma LipscombeFred FowlerBelynda Henry and Sandra Eterovic (circular piece).  On ledge, ceramics by Jessilla Rogers and Lightly, brass vessel by Lightly, brass circular sculpture by Anna Varendorff, leaning artwork by Madeline Kidd and Sarah Kelk.  Bandy stool and Harper loveseat by Jardan.  Cushion by Bonnie and Neil.  Rug by Armadillo & Co, flooring by Royal Oak Floors.  Wall colour – Dulux Sea Angel. Styling – Lucy Feagins, styling assistant – Nat Turnbull, photo – Sean Fennessy.

Riverside park workshop

As part of the TWIG residency, we held a small community art workshop at Riverside park in Swan Hill.
We were allocated a cool metal ping pong table to paint on and the concept was to do a collaborative landscape painting on using spray paint and stencils. Thanks to everyone who participated, it was a really enjoyable day.


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