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Secret Places

26 March - 6 April

26 March – 6 April 2024

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

amorphous swathes of watercolour that reveal ponds, seaweed, a beach, moonlight and farmland

The exhibition, Secret Places, features a row of white-framed pictures on paper, an oil painting on canvas, and eight smaller works on paper.

The images are not location specific, but represent a synthesis of past interest in stained glass, silhouettes, iconography/symbols and landscapes. The images involve experiences and reminiscences of landscapes both in Melbourne wetlands and on Flinders Island in Tasmania.  I call them secret places because they are presented as universal images derived from amorphous swathes of watercolour that reveal ponds, seaweed, a beach, moonlight and farmland – not bold, but places of solitude – the flow and pigments have provided the source.  Secret places can be found in a smudge or a line which reveals another world or a reminiscence of significance.

The oil painting, Oasis, depicts a bright sunlit pond, surrounded by saplings, leptospermums and wattles.  The pond is reminiscent of the ceilings of European basilicas but, rather than viewed overhead, it is an aerial view of the sky reflected in the water of the pond.  Depicted at the top of the painting is the undulating curve of a bike track and at the bottom is a framing track.  The picture invites the viewer to participate in suburban passive recreation.

The smaller images are part of an ongoing study which aims to create an inventory of marks, hieroglyphs from the methods described above and studying the markings and subtle tonal differences on natural forms – in particular the bark of eucalypts.  Scars left from ancient injuries, the trails of insects or the ravages of age and weather.  Timelessness, of line, form, tone and colour abundantly available in the infinitely small and the vastly universal – random creations to convey an awareness of the unknowable of which we are part.


Image credit: Oasis, Louise Tyler, 2023, oil on canvas, 101 x 101cm

1974     Lynch Prize exhibition, Gallery A, Toorak, Victoria.
1977     Diploma of Art (Painting), Prahran CAE, Melbourne.
1978     Blazey Street Painters Exhibition, Pinacotheca Gallery, Richmond, Victoria.
1979     Eltham Prize Exhibition, Eltham, Victoria.
2023     Solo exhibition, Journey Planner & 7 Views of The Mountain,

Strait Works Gallery, Whitemark, Tasmania.
Individual works held in private collections.

Reference:  Mary Eagle, “Exploration of Ideas”, The Age, January 1979.

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26 March
6 April
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fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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