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Grand Tour

23 April - 4 May

23 April – 4 May 2024

hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 7pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 4pm
admission: Free

 tumbling and falling and creating new compositions organically, as if they’ve just been dug up and are speaking to us from the ancient world.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Inspiration can strike anywhere. It is not too hard when you are in Rome standing in front of statues at the Capitoline Museum.
An ongoing theme in my work is the fascination of collage and assemblage. I have been trying to work out how I could use actual oil on canvas cut-outs to create a new language. How could I make this work? While standing in front of a Roman bust on my tour of Italy, it dawned on me.
This work should be monochromatic, a plethora of images, tumbling and falling and creating new compositions organically, as if they’ve just been dug up and are speaking to us from the ancient world.
These images were taken from several museums (Museo di Roma, Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Musei Vaticani) on two trips to Italy and create this new body of work.
I could also not pass up exploiting one of my favourite subject matter – markets ­– hence the flavour of the the streets and food, so prominent in Italy, feature in the creation of my new show, The Grand Tour.

Image 1: Grand Tour 3, Gavin Brown, oil on canvas, 122 x 152cm
Image 2: Grand Tour 2, Gavin Brown, 2023, oil on canvas, 122 x 153cm
Image 3: Grand Tour 7, Gavin Brown, 2023, oil on canvas, 120 x 120cm

CURRICULUM VITAE
Born: 1964, Melbourne, Australia
Education: 1985, Fine Arts (Painting), RMIT Melbourne
gavinbrown.com.au
instagram.com/gavinbrownartist

Solo Exhibitions
2024 ‘The Grand Tour’, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2023 Commission work, Oria, Apulia, Italy
2022 ‘After the Fire’, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2020 Graham Geddes, Melbourne
2019 ‘The Power of Pattern’, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2017 ‘Market Market’, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2015 ‘The Printed Painting’, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2014 Commission work, Solaire Resort, Manila, Philippines
2013 ‘Running with Scissors’, Rtist Gallery, Melbourne
2013 ‘Urban Scrawl’, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2011 ‘Gratuitous Garland’, Gavin Brown & William Eicholtz, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2010 Catherine Asquith Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Dog’s Bar Art Series
2008 ‘Behind the Curtain’, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2007 ‘Little Dramas’, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2006 ‘Interior exterior’, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2005 ‘Body of Shadows’, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2004 ‘In Your Dreams’, Patrizia Autore Gallery, Melbourne
2003 ‘In a Room by Myself’, Patrizia Autore Gallery, Melbourne
2002 ‘Carpet Burns’, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2002 ‘Pansexual Prince(ess)’, Midsumma Festival, Melbourne
2001 ‘Carpet Burns’, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide
2000 ‘Eat, drink and take a long hard look at yourself’, Patrizia Autore Gallery,Melbourne
1999 ‘Changing Face’, George Gallery, Melbourne
1997 ‘Dancing With The Enemy’, Kirkcaldy Davies Gallery, Melbourne
1995 ‘When I Grow Up I Want to Run Away and Join the Circus’, Kirkcaldy Davies Gallery, Melbourne
1992 ‘Solo Exhibition’, Midsumma Festival, Melbourne
1984-7 Solo Textile Designer for the Fashion Design Council

Group Exhibitions
2023 ‘Radical Utopias’, RMIT University
2020 ‘Here’, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne
2016 Bright Space Gallery, Vale Street Artist Exhibition
2016 National Gallery of Victoria, 200 Years of Australian Fashion
2015 MContemporary Gallery, Sydney
2012 ‘Mix Tape 1980s’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2012 ‘Summer Show’, Edwina Courlette, Brisbane, Queensland
2011 Vale Street Studios Group Exhibition, St Kilda Town Hall Gallery
2011 ‘Man Style’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2005 ‘Recent Acquisitions’, Linden Gallery, City of Port Philip, Melbourne
2004 ‘120 Degrees of Separation’, Linden Gallery, Melbourne
2004 ‘Freaks, Fiends & Folly’, Bright Gallery, Melbourne
2003 ‘2003 National Works on Paper’, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
2002 5.O.P.T. Gallery, Hong Kong
2001 ‘St Kilda Artists Group Show’, Patrizia Autore Gallery, Melbourne
2000 ‘St Kilda Artists Group Show’, Patrizia Autore Gallery, Melbourne
1998 ‘Bridge Project’, Artists Installation, Collins Street, Melbourne
1994 ‘Fresh’, Kirkcaldy Davies Gallery, Melbourne
1994 Group Exhibition: Kate Durham, Rennie Ellis & Gavin Brown, Kirkcaldy Davies Gallery, Melbourne
1992 Mardi Gras Exhibition, Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney
1988 Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
1987 ‘Commonwealth Exhibition’, London
1979 ACTU ‘Men at Work’, Storey Hall, Melbourne Publications

Award Shortlists
2023 Geelong Gallery Acquisitive Print Award
2021 Geelong Gallery Acquisitive Print Award
2015 Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2003 Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Publications
2012 Velvet Magazine (Venezuela)
2012 Luxury Magazine (Romania)
2008 Trouble Magazine
1999 Art Almanac, cover, February
1994 BLUE Magazine, Feature Visual Art Editorial

Collections
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Powerhouse, Sydney
The City of Port Phillip Cultural Archive
Marina Bay Sands Casino, Singapore
Numerous private collections

Collaborations
2011 Scenic backdrops for Aviary dance performance by Philip Adam’s Balletlab
2008 Scenic backgrounds for Mary & Max. Feature claymation movie, created and directed by Adam Elliott

Exhibition Opening
Saturday 27th April
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Free Entry.
All Welcome.
No Booking Required.

Details

Start:
23 April
End:
4 May
Event Category:

Venue

fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Phone
03 9662 9966
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Organiser

fortyfivedownstairs
Phone
03 9662 9966
Email
info@fortyfivedownstairs.com

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Artist
Gavin Brown
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