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 90cm. Courtesy: the artist and Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne.
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.
Exhibition opens: 3–5pm Saturday 9 November 2019