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
Collingwood
, VIC

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

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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
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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

Koskela
1/85 Dunning Ave Rosebery NSW 2018
02 9280 0999
info@koskela.com.au

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
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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

 

TWIG EXHIBITION AT SWAN HILL REGIONAL ART GALLERY

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


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

Beyond Limitations – Clayarch Gimhae Museum, South Korea

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

More info about the exhibition here.

THE DESIGN FILES INAUGURAL ANNUAL FUNDRAISER AN EXHIBITION FOR THE ASRC

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.

Movement

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.

 

TWIG Residency

During September I completed a 10 day TWIG residency in north western Victoria. The idea behind the residency is to pair artists with local farmers that culminates in an art event (the TWIG) on the host farmers property. Spending time with the host farmers gave me a real insight into contemporary farming and working with the land. I explored the local landscape, took lots of photos, worked on some paintings and produced a few video works that were projected at the TWIG event.

It was a great opportunity not only to be a part of an interesting project that links art with agriculture, but also to take a closer look at a part of the Australian landscape i’d only ever driven through briefly.

Big thank you to the Chalmers family, Ian Tully and Loraine Little.

Regional Training & Engagement projects of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of VCA & MCM are funded by the State Government through Arts Victoria and delivered in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria.

This is the work of Fred Fowler and was created as part of the TWIG Residency project 2014, a Regional Training and Engagement Project of the Faculty of VCA & MCM in conjunction with ACRE [Australia's Creative Rural Economy] and the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, funded by the State Government of Victoria.  Photographs by Greg Cruikshank and the artist.

AIDS 2014 mural project

Recently I was involved in a collaborative mural project with YEAH And the Melbourne Youth Force as part of the AIDS 2014 conference.

It was a challenging project brief for a few reasons, it had to be something that potentially up to 160 people could contribute to, that could be painted with spray paint, and that could be finished in a limited timeframe of 6 hours. It also had to go on to become a permanent fixture at the Queen Victoria Markets site.

Considering the brief, my concept was to put one big stencil on the wall and then work with the participants to fill it up with smaller stencils. Building up layers of pattern, colour and meaning in to the work as it evolved. It was a great experience to be able to work with youth delegates from around the globe on a project like this, all the participants really embraced the idea instantly and came up with some great images. I am really pleased with the end result and importantly we all had a lot of fun working together to create it.

Thank you to the organisers, M.P Fikaris and all the youth delegates that contributed to the project. We dedicated the project to the people who tragically lost their lives on flight MH17 – some of whom were headed to Melbourne to participate in the conference.

New Landscapes – Essay

Very honoured to have such a great essay written about the exhibition by Emily McCulloch Childs.
Here is a brief excerpt:

Fowler’s new landscapes evoke all that is ancient and beautiful about this land, and simultaneously, subtly, that which is more recent, brutal and confronting. They are a much needed, thoughtful exploration of these issues of land, animals, plants and humans, adding much to the discussion of Australia’s past and its present condition.

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Read the whole essay here.

Emily McCulloch Childs is an art historian, writer, researcher, publisher and curator, currently undertaking a Ph.D, a post-colonial reading of the northern Australian frontier, at Monash Indigenous Centre. She is the author of several books on Australian art, including co-author of McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art, and co-director of  the art company McCulloch & McCulloch and Whistlewood, a home gallery on the Mornington Peninsula.

A brief history of colonisation

Oil on masonite, 79 x 94cm (framed)

NEW LANDSCAPES

I’m pleased to announce my upcoming solo exhibition New Landscapes at Backwoods Gallery.

20th – 29th June 2014

Opening Friday 20th June 6 – 10pm

Backwoods Gallery
25 Easey St, Collingwood

QLD/NT SAND MIST

Oil on masonite. 916 x 762mm

Studio update

Work in progress for New Landscapes opening 20th June at Backwoods Gallery.

Photo by Bridget O’Shea

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