The Jan Murphy Gallery has welcomed artist Fred Fowler to its exhibition space, showcasing his work from 26 June to 21 July 2018. Fowler’s distinctive paintings will join the works of other high calibre, contemporary artists at the Brisbane Gallery.

The visual artists work incorporates landscape-physical, cultural or psychological, that expose the hidden and imaginary.

Fowlers pieces are often described as ‘wormholes’ or ‘portals’ to alternative realities.  In the works he will also use abstraction to eliminate background noise and convey the impact of a complex past on Australian landscape. 

Through his paintings the artist explores themes of colonisation, globalisation and environmental crises.

“I read art journals and books, and listen to podcasts and pick up my paint sticks and draw. As I absorb the information it tends to come out in the work,” says Fowler.

After completing his Masters program at the Victorian College of Arts in 2012, the artist has since been awarded a number of regional art residencies. This includes the TWIG Residency in Swan Hill (2014), the Sculptors in Schools Residency for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Victoria (2014),  and the Artist in Residence in Clayarch Gimhae Museum, South Korea (2015).

He has also created murals and public art works in Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Lyon and New York. His work has been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, and private collections in Australia and overseas. Now living in Melbourne’s Footscray, the artist has started exploring Google Earth.

“You can go anywhere, the desert, down tiny side roads, into communities, and into massive mines, where in actuality you wouldn’t get past the front gate.”

Fred Fowler will showcase his works exclusively at the Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

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