Fred Fowler

Fred Fowler

Fred Fowler is a Melbourne-based contemporary visual artist specialising in painting, sculpture and printmaking.

Before graduating with a Master of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2012, Fred Fowler was a graffiti and street artist. He has created murals and public artworks in Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Lyon and New York, and has exhibited in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. His work has been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, and is included in private collections in Australia and overseas.

Selected solo and joint exhibitions include Signifying Landscapes, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne 2019; HOME/VISITORS, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane 2018; Another Day in Oceania, TDF Collect, Melbourne 2015; New Landscapes, Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; VCA Masters Exhibition, Melbourne, 2012; Space Invaders, National Gallery of Australia, 2010; Surface, Michael Koro Gallery, Melbourne, 2009; The Outsiders, Kristian Pithie Gallery, Melbourne, 2009; Highland Chamber, Until Never Gallery, Melbourne, 2008; Bootlegger, Until Never Gallery, Melbourne, 2007; No Comply, Federation Square, Melbourne, 2006; Productivism, Fine Art Gallery of Ballarat, 2003; Raiders of the Lost Art, A.R.T Gallery Eden, Melbourne 2001.


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15/11/2022

IN CONVERSATION WITH: FRED FOWLER

Listen to artist Fred Fowler on the @talking_with_painters podcast.

Episode description: ⁠

"There is something mesmerising about Fred Fowler's paintings. The multitude of small, colour-filled shapes scattered across a monochrome background raise a lot of questions. Is⁠ that a pink cat? A cactus? An alien? Next to a mobile phone tower? Are they related?⁠

Other amorphous elements seem purely abstract but still somehow evoke a response; a memory, an emotion. The viewer is taken into an alternate space where objects might be⁠ floating or fixed but often not identifiable.⁠
Ultimately it's a sensory experience which demands multiple viewings so it's not surprising that these works fly off gallery walls in sell-out shows.⁠

Fred's work is held in the National Gallery of Australia and, although his roots are in graffiti art and graphic design, as soon as he began his studies at the Victorian College of the Arts it⁠ became clear to him the direction he should take.⁠

In this interview he talks about that transition, the artists who have influenced him and the thoughts behind his work, openly sharing the struggles and doubts. It was a revealing and⁠ enjoyable conversation."⁠

- Maria Stoljar, 2022

Click here for the episode link on streaming platform Spotify


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Fred Fowler Bushland test panel 2017 oil stick, solid marker, liquid paper and pencil on birch ply 31 x 40.5 cm Framed: 33 x 42.5 cm $1,800.00
Fred Fowler Shields and masks (study) 2024 oil based crayon on paper 35 x 50 cm Framed: 42 x 57 cm $1,300.00
Fred Fowler Native forest as paradigm 2023 synthetic polymer paint, oil stick, spray paint and coloured pencil on masonite panel 122 x 91.5 cm $8,000.00
Fred Fowler Adrift at night 2023 synthetic polymer paint, spray paint, mica flakes, course alumina and coloured pencil on masonite panel 122 x 91.5 cm $8,000.00
Fred Fowler Remnants of polis (study) 2023 synthetic polymer paint, oil paint, oil stick, spray paint, spray ink, coloured pencil and gold leaf on canvas 50 x 40 cm Framed: 52 x 42 cm $3,000.00
Fred Fowler Protectorate (study) 2023 synthetic polymer paint, oil paint, oil stick, spray paint, spray paint, spray ink and coloured pencil on canvas 50 x 40 cm Framed: 52 x 42 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Desert wormhole (study) 2023 synthetic polymer paint, oil paint, oil stick, spray paint, spray ink and coloured pencil on canvas 50 x 40 cm Framed: 42 x 52 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Recent future / distant past 2023 synthetic polymer paint, oil paint, oil stick, spray paint and gold leaf on masonite panel 122 x 91.5 cm $8,000.00
Fred Fowler She watched the moon fall from the sky 2023 synthetic polymer paint, oil paint, oil stick, spray paint, mica flakes and coloured pencil on masonite panel 122 x 91.5 cm Sold
Fred Fowler The porousness of borders 2023 synthetic polymer paint, oil paint, oil stick, spray paint, mica flakes, course alumina, coloured pencil and gold leaf on masonite panel 122 x 91.5 cm $8,000.00
Fred Fowler A radically condensed history of preindustrial life 2023 synthetic polymer paint, oil paint, oil stick, spray paint, mica flakes, course alumina, coloured pencil and gold leaf on masonite panel 122 x 91.5 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Give 2023 synthetic polymer paint, spray paint, spray ink, watercolour, coloured pencil, mica flakes, gold leaf and oil paint on masonite board 122 x 91.5 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Surrender 2023 synthetic polymer paint, spray paint, spray ink, watercolour, coloured pencil, mica flakes, gold leaf and oil paint on masonite board 122 x 91.5 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Surrender 1 2023 synthetic polymer paint, spray paint, spray ink, watercolour, coloured pencil, mica flakes, gold leaf and oil paint on masonite board 122 x 91.5 cm Sold
Fred Fowler And it rained all night (study) 2019-23 oil paint on wood panel 34 x 40 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Floodplains (study) 2018-23 oil paint on wood panel 40 x 40 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Pink Lake figures (study) 2018-23 oil paint on wood panel 60 x 70 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Un explosion (study) 2023 synthetic polymer paint and oil paint on wood panel 60 x 70 cm $4,800.00
Fred Fowler Landscape (fortuna) 2022 oil paint on wood panel 38 x 29 cm $2,800.00
Fred Fowler Finding shore 2021 synthetic polymer paint and oil paint on wood panel 70 x 60 cm Sold
Fred Fowler The equatorial stars 2022 synthetic polymer paint, spray paint, mica flakes and oil paint on wood panel 150 x 120 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Transient Dwellers 2014-18 oil on board 92 x 76.5 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Beneath the landslide 2022 synthetic polymer paint, mica flakes, opal and metal decal on wood panel 150 x 120 cm Framed: 152 x 122 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Subsanctuary 2021 synthetic polymer and oil paint on wood panel 70 x 60 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Liquid modernity 2021 synthetic polymer paint, mica flakes, weipa calcined bauxite and Australian opal on canvas 153 x 132 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Forbidden siren (study) 2021 synthetic polymer paint and oil paint on wood panel 70 x 60 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Fern pool Karijini 2021 synthetic polymer paint on wood panel 70 x 60 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Broken River 2021 oil paint and oil stick on wood panel 70 x 60 cm Sold
Fred Fowler In this sunset 2021 synthetic polymer paint on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Beside you in time 2020–21 synthetic polymer paint on wood panel 150 x 120 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Still right here 2020–21 synthetic polymer paint and mika flakes on wood panel 80 x 70 cm Sold
Fred Fowler The sea around us (Mer) 2020–21 synthetic polymer paint on wood panel 80 x 70 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Distant lights (Njulbitjlk) 2020–21 synthetic polymer paint on wood panel 80 x 70 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Come down to us 2020–21 synthetic polymer paint and mika flakes on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Forgotten history vibration 2020–21 synthetic polymer paint on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Right where it belongs 2020–21 synthetic polymer paint on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Adrift and at peace 2020–21 synthetic polymer paint and course alumina on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Grey noise (dark) 2020–21 synthetic polymer paint and gold leaf on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Grey noise (mid) 2020–21 synthetic polymer paint and gold leaf on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Grey noise (light) 2020–21 synthetic polymer paint, mika flakes and gold leaf on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler What we left behind 2020 synthetic polymer paint and oil paint on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Overgrown 2020 synthetic polymer paint and oil paint on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Painted from life, forgotten 2020 synthetic polymer paint, gold leaf and oil paint on wood panel 120 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Carriers of the dream vessel 2020 oil paint on wood panel 62 x 52 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Saltbush and wildflowers 2020 oil on wood panel 59.5 x 69.5 cm Framed: 61 x 71 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Karakamia sanctuary 2020 oil paint and synthetic polymer paint on wood panel 60 x 50 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Migratory waterbird habitat 2020 oil paint, synthetic polymer paint and 1.67ct natural diamond on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Tarkine (study) 2019 oil paint and gold leaf on wood panel 70 x 60 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Where we lived 2019 oil paint and oil stick on wood panel 70 x 60 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Lightning Ridge turnaround on the NSW/QLD border 2019 synthetic polymer paint and oil paint on wood panel 70 x 60 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Pulling out of Blackheath and the dusk is falling fast 2019 synthetic polymer paint and oil paint on wood panel 70 x 60 cm Sold
Fred Fowler New ecological order 2019 synthetic polymer paint, glitter, chrome metal decal on wood panel 70 x 60 cm Sold
Fred Fowler The future eaters 2019 synthetic polymer paint, mica flakes, gold leaf and oil paint on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Alone again with the dawn coming up 2019 synthetic polymer paint, mica flakes, gold leaf and oil paint on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler The lights of Palm Cove pass by 2019 synthetic polymer paint, mica flakes, gold leaf and oil paint on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Native wildflowers pt. 2 2019 synthetic polymer paint, mica flakes and oil paint on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Native wildflowers pt. 1 2019 synthetic polymer paint, mica flakes and oil paint on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Vaucluse as paradigm 2019 synthetic polymer paint, mica flakes, 2.37ct diamond and oil paint on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Forgotten aquaculture 2019 synthetic polymer paint and oil paint on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler A melody from a past life keeps pulling me back 2019 synthetic polymer paint and oil paint on canvas 153 x 138 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Transient Dwellers 2014-18 oil on board 92 x 76.5 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Home of exiles 2018 oil paint, gold leaf and micaceous iron oxide on wood panel 100 x 90 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Magical visitors 2018 oil paint and gold leaf on wood panel 60 x 50 cm Sold
Fred Fowler Bushland test panel 2017 oil stick, solid marker, liquid paper and pencil on birch ply 31 x 40.5 cm Framed: 33 x 42.5 cm $1,800.00
Fred Fowler Shields and masks (study) 2024 oil based crayon on paper 35 x 50 cm Framed: 42 x 57 cm $1,300.00
Fred Fowler Native forest as paradigm 2023 synthetic polymer paint, oil stick, spray paint and coloured pencil on masonite panel 122 x 91.5 cm $8,000.00
Fred Fowler Adrift at night 2023 synthetic polymer paint, spray paint, mica flakes, course alumina and coloured pencil on masonite panel 122 x 91.5 cm $8,000.00
Fred Fowler Remnants of polis (study) 2023 synthetic polymer paint, oil paint, oil stick, spray paint, spray ink, coloured pencil and gold leaf on canvas 50 x 40 cm Framed: 52 x 42 cm $3,000.00
Fred Fowler Un explosion (study) 2023 synthetic polymer paint and oil paint on wood panel 60 x 70 cm $4,800.00
Fred Fowler Landscape (fortuna) 2022 oil paint on wood panel 38 x 29 cm $2,800.00