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Things Fall Apart

25 January, 2022 - 5 February, 2022

25 January – 5 February 2022

Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 11am to 3pm
admission: Free

an affirmation of hope that we have become stronger for having walked through the fire.

Mike Lutz, Resting Between Screams (After Munch, Before Tea), 2020, oil on linen, 46 x 46cm

Mike Lutz, Looking for Icarus, 2019, oil on canvas, 97 x 168cm

Mike Lutz, [Title yet to be disclosed], 2020, oil on linen, 102 x 102cm

Mike Lutz, This is Going to be Wonderful, 2021, oil on linen, 92 x 72cm

Mike Lutz, Untitled, 2020, oil on linen, 107 x 107cm

The works in Things Fall Apart rise out of the disquieting period from which we are emerging.  Each painting considers an aspect of confinement and release.

Ranging in focus from individual emotions through strained relationships, to the interaction with the environments we inhabit, the motifs are diverse, yet hold together through the common thread of shared experience.

The exhibition highlights the stresses and challenges faced by the individual and how we can become consumed by our own immediate concerns.  We are reminded that its not always about us and that we can become full of our own importance both as individuals and as a species.  There is a recognition that having to choose between ourselves as individuals and the society we live in is an illusion.  We are both and it cannot be otherwise.

Painting in a nominally figurative realist mode, Mike’s expressive use of paint is central to the mood of the exhibition.

Notwithstanding the isolation and withdrawal, there is a recognition that life goes on and though drawing on the dark emotions that trying times can produce, there is an affirmation of hope that we have become stronger for having walked through the fire.

This is Mike’s first solo show.

Mike Lutz

Hailing from the UK, Mike has lived in Melbourne since 2006 and has a Graduate Certificate in Visual Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Masters in Fine Art from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Mike’s practice is driven by a disrupted figuration that is centred on the impact that painting has on both the painter and the viewer.  By submitting to an intuitive approach to mark making, his work conveys a mood of disquiet and psychological intensity.

Working primarily in oil, he uses a painterly approach to surface, colour, tonality and scale to derive unsettling and ambiguous imagery.

Contrasting the rational production of realist imagery with expressive mark-making, the subconscious, irrationality and chance Mike leaves us with a disrupted view of the world embedded in the material and temporal qualities of the paint.



Master of Fine Art – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (2021)

Graduate Certificate in Visual Art – Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University (2018)


Solo Exhibitions

2022 Things Fall Apart, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne


Group Exhibitions

2021 ALLone, Satellite Projects, Melbourne

2021 MFA Graduate Show, RMIT

2019 Fifty Squared, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy

2018 Small, Forty-five Downstairs, Melbourne

2018 Unplugged, GCVA Graduate Show VCA Art Space Melbourne

2017 VCA short course students’ exhibition Besser Space, Collingwood


25 January, 2022
5 February, 2022
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fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
03 9662 9966
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03 9662 9966


Mike Lutz
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