We are delighted to welcome Fred Fowler to the gallery and look forward to working with him in the future.
Fred Fowler’s distinctive paintings are landscapes – physical, cultural or psychological – that expose the hidden and imaginary, described as wormholes or portals to alternative realities. He uses abstraction to eliminate background noise and convey the impact of a complex past on Australian landscape. These arrays of shape, colour and objects explore a wide range of subjects – colonisation, globalisation, environmental crises and the urban – with a seductive palette and an interest in the dark undercurrents of our time.
His early artistic interests lay with underground movements such as graffiti and street art. He had his first exhibition of contemporary art at 21, and worked in graphic design before travelling in Europe for an extended period. His reputation and portfolio saw him granted admission to the Masters program at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2012. Fowler has since been awarded the TWIG regional art residency in Swan Hill, Victoria (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 created murals and public artworks 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.
Fred’s first exhibition at the gallery will be 26 June – 21 July 2018.