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Subtle Realms

11 October, 2022 - 22 October, 2022

11 October – 22 October 2022

Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 6pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 4pm
Tuesday and Friday evenings: 6pm – 8pm
admission: Free

This is an intermediary realm, somewhere between nature and the supernatural…

Naomi Bishop’s paintings search restlessly for connections between the terrestrial and celestial spheres, between geology and astronomy, science and myth.  Intense and luminous, the paintings point to an invisible, unseen world that exists just beyond us.

This is an intermediary realm, somewhere between nature and the supernatural.

This is the realm of tiny stone circles found in a forest, covered in strange symbols carved thousands of years ago, worn by time and overgrown by nature. The realm of materials of unearthly origin fallen from the sky. There are strange lights over mountains, hidden desert cities, and Neolithic monuments buried by nature that keep their secrets. It is an invisible web of connections, dark matter, halos around the sun and black holes that glow at the edges.

Inside a star sits the end of time.

.Download the exhibition essay for Naomi’s past exhibition ‘Geomancy’ here.

This project is generously supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria.

The Unexplained and Unexplored are recurring themes in the work of Naomi Bishop. In her paintings and works on paper she explores darkness, silence, mysterious events and peripheral, other worldly places.

Naomi Bishop is interested the way the natural environment shapes people, and the ways in which natural and celestial phenomena are interpreted and developed into belief systems. She has a shared interest in both science and metaphysics, and the point at which they might converge and reveal secret knowledge from unseen worlds.

Naomi Bishop has been exhibiting internationally since graduating with a Masters of Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art in London in 2003. Her work has been exhibited at The Whitechapel Gallery in London, The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Fondation Hippocrène and has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Nicolas Silin in Paris. In Melbourne her work has been shown Strange Neighbour, Neon Parc, Alternating Current Art Space, Notfair, fortyfive downstairs, Rubicon and The Wandering Room. She has exhibited in Sydeny at Airspace projects and The Hazelhurst Arts Centre. She has recently been selected as a finalist in The Blake Prize, The Rick Amor Prize for Drawing, The Gold Coast Art Prize and The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize and has had touring exhibitions supported by The Australia Council and Arts Victoria. In January 2014 and August 2015 Naomi was Artist in Residence at The Arteles Creative Centre in Finland, and in 2018 she was Artist in Residence at Heritage Hill Historic Gardens and Museum in Dandenong, and at The Hawthorn Arts Centre for the City of Boroondara.

In 2020 Naomi co curated “Microcosmographia” an exhibition about forces of nature and environmental destruction with Janice Gobey at fortyfivedownstairs. She is a recipient of a 2020 Creative Victoria grant to produce a new series of work exploring megaliths, astronomy, and the earth-sky relationship.

Naomi’s work has been published in The Guardian, Telerama, Paris, Elle Decoration, Paris, Faint Magazine and Gallery Magazine, published by the NGV Melbourne and is represented in public and private collections in Australia and internationally.

Naomi also works with local government and schools on community arts and cultural development projects and specialist workshops.

Download the artist’s CV here.


11 October, 2022
22 October, 2022
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45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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