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.
IN CONVERSATION WITH: FRED FOWLER
Listen to artist Fred Fowler on the @talking_with_painters podcast.
"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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