Fred Fowler Signifying Landscapes

6 – 23 November 2019

Fred Fowler A melody from a past life keeps pulling me back, 2019
$8,800 incl. GST
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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, $8,800 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Forgotten aquaculture, 2019
$5,200 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Forgotten aquaculture, 2019, synthetic polymer paint and oil paint on wood panel, 100 x 90 cm, $5,200 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Vaucluse as paradigm, 2019
$5,200 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Vaucluse as paradigm, 2019, synthetic polymer paint, mica flakes, 2.37ct diamond and oil paint on wood panel, 100 x 90 cm, $5,200 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Native wildflowers pt. 1, 2019
$5,200 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Native wildflowers pt. 1, 2019, synthetic polymer paint, mica flakes and oil paint on wood panel, 100 x 90 cm, $5,200 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Native wildflowers pt. 2, 2019
$5,200 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Native wildflowers pt. 2, 2019, synthetic polymer paint, mica flakes and oil paint on wood panel, 100 x 90 cm, $5,200 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Goondiwindi by morning, 2019
$5,200 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Goondiwindi by morning, 2019, synthetic polymer paint, gold leaf and oil paint on wood panel, 100 x 90 cm, $5,200 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler The lights of Palm Cove pass by, 2019
$5,200 incl. GST
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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, $5,200 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Post-colonial fire regime, 2019
$5,200 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Post-colonial fire regime, 2019, synthetic polymer paint, mica flakes and oil paint on wood panel, 100 x 90 cm, $5,200 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Alone again with the dawn coming up, 2019
$5,200 incl. GST
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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, $5,200 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler The future eaters, 2019
$5,200 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler The future eaters, 2019, synthetic polymer paint, mica flakes, gold leaf and oil paint on wood panel, 100 x 90 cm, $5,200 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler New ecological order, 2019
$3,600 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler New ecological order, 2019, synthetic polymer paint, glitter, chrome metal decal on wood panel, 70 x 60 cm, $3,600 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Pulling out of Blackheath and the dusk is falling fast, 2019
$3,600 incl. GST
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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, $3,600 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Lightning Ridge turnaround on the NSW/QLD border, 2019
$3,600 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Lightning Ridge turnaround on the NSW/QLD border, 2019, synthetic polymer paint and oil paint on wood panel, 70 x 60 cm, $3,600 incl. GST
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Fred Fowler Installation view 1

Fred Fowler Installation view 1

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Fred Fowler Installation view 2

Fred Fowler Installation view 2

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Fred Fowler Installation view 3

Fred Fowler Installation view 3

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Fred Fowler Installation view 4

Fred Fowler Installation view 4

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Fred Fowler Installation view 5

Fred Fowler Installation view 5

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Fred Fowler Installation view 6

Fred Fowler Installation view 6

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Fred Fowler Installation view 7

Fred Fowler Installation view 7

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The disembodied elements in Fred Fowler’s Signifying Landscapes represent objects from nature in an abbreviated language, speaking to the shorthand traditionally used in abstract painting. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Master of Contemporary Art in 2012, Fowler has developed a very distinct painting style focused on an ever-growing lexicon of symbols. Mobile phone towers, buildings, graves, crosses, pyramids, shields, doorways, windows, plants and animals are just some of the items represented in these works. While many of them are universal, they all more or less operate in a vernacular language developed by the artist.

Fowler is aware that the medium of painting has traditionally been associated with the decorative. But he exploits this characteristic to subversive ends. Amongst the more recognisable signs in his paintings — the gem-like objects, the brightly coloured, geometric shapes — the artist will regularly hide various politically charged imagery that represents human inequality and suffering, for example. The all-over composition of Fowler’s works suggests a sort of equilibrium within its content. However, discerning eyes will slowly recognise that this is not the case and that Fowler, well aware of the language of painting, manipulates this language to his desired conclusion.

Furthermore, Fowler’s unusual painting process encapsulates the concept of selective visibility at play in his works. The artist begins by layering his shapes and symbols upon the support for weeks if not months on end. At this point, the painting is the chaotic bearer of clashing colours and overlapping symbols, each vying for a position on the picture surface. Fowler then applies a single paint over the top of these symbols, selecting to only leave a handful of representations visible to the viewer. In this sense, each painting contains various strata and operates as a metaphorical archaeological site, revealing only a portion of what it actually contains.

 

Amelia Winata

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