Words: Charlotte Middleton
Melbourne’s Charles Nodrum Gallery is now representing Louise Forthun, decades after first approaching the Melbourne-based artist.
“I first came across Louise’s work in the 1980s when she was selected for an exhibition of young, mostly unrepresented, artists,” said gallery director Charles Nodrum. “Suitably impressed I rang to ask if she would consider showing with me. My instincts were right but my reaction had not been quick enough: she had just signed up with Tolarno.”
Nevertheless, Forthun remained in touch with Nodrum and the gallery as her artistic practice evolved, primarily exploring the architectural urban landscape.
With scores of solo exhibitions, two Australia Council residencies, and work held in various private and public collections, Forthun’s stencil-style portrayals of the contemporary city have struck a chord with audiences across the country and beyond during the past 40 years.
“Kate (Nodrum) and I look forward to including various works of Louise’s in forthcoming group shows, leading up to a small survey exhibition in April 2021,” said Nodrum.
This article was originally published 4 August 2021.
Image: Detail of a work by Louise Forthun.