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Things Fall Apart

The works in this exhibition by Mike Lutz rise out of the disquieting period from which we are emerging. Each painting considers an aspect of confinement and release.
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An exhibition of paintings exploring local landscapes and private domestic environments which have become increasingly important spaces of both refuge and of tension over the last year.
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A Pilgrim’s Progress

A series of paintings and digital collage works exploring the discarded and lost clothes that crossed the artist's path on the pilgrimage trails she has covered throughout Europe, especially Spain.
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Stiff Upper Lip

An analytical still life painting project that explores complex psychological states such as containment, austerity and isolation.
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Join Janno’s Corona Girl Project!

We're so looking forward to Janno McLaughlin's upcoming exhibition Making Nonsense at fortyfivedownstairs later this year (dates to be announced soon!). Janno has been incredibly busy on many projects these last few months, including this exhibition, with Rose Lang as…

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Shop Talk

A unique installation of drawings and painting exploring community life and suburbia through the interpretation and recreation of quirky and vibrant shop front windows.
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Since You’ve Been Gone

A series of oil paintings that are based on locations around the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, focusing on old homes, gardens and trees. It won't always be like this.
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After the Archive: Park Life

Amanda Johnson’s paintings question the fate of the public garden in a context of global warming. How has our physical and cultural encounter with the public garden changed?
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Complex Life

Two friends and artists use their artistic processes to explore their positions in the world, both in a physical, environmental and emotional manner.
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John Mezzini, Sofa (detail)

E lascia dir le genti

E lascia dir le genti, captures fragments of social interaction. The moment when inhibitions are dropped, and subjects are exposed in their most raw and vulnerable state, where we are confronted by the beauty of the immediate.
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The Far North

In this most recent exhibition, Allan leaves his studio in Daylesford for the vastly different Far North of Australia, an area he has visited with his wife Alla since the 1970s but never before captured on his canvas.
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Manhattan Dreaming

A new collection of paintings and drypoints capturing Manhattan's lines, angles, moods and movement, with a spontaneity bordering on instinct.
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Darker Places

Darker Places, a new series of paintings and drawings by Caroline Walls, is an extension of her art practice where the female is the central focus of consideration.
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Daily Encounters

As part of an artist residency at fortyfivedownstairs, Robyn Rich will present an exhibition of paintings that explore life through the eyes of the artist.
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Lisa Sewards, Thousand kisses deep, 2017, detail

Thousand kisses deep

A new body of work connecting the materiality of prints and the fluidity of paintings with imagery emphasizing illusory maritime parachutes.
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Anna Taylor, The Andes, Peru – Save me series (detail), 2016, 230 x 510mm. Photographer: Christopher Sanders

Save me

An exhibition exploring the minutiae of landscape replicated in the aerial view, documenting the exquisite mirroring of detail, pattern and line. Both a celebration of our earth and it’s incredible beauty, and a call to action to save it.
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Bailer, Untitled, acrylic on canvas. Photo by p1xels


A series of paintings and sculpture traversing the liminal states of being and exploring the ever-changing states of the human condition.
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45at45 Design by Zac Fay

45 at 45

An exhibition of 45 artists at fortyfivedownstairs to celebrate our fifteenth birthday!
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Josef Brunhuber’s paintings and sketches explore the organised way we live our lives, and hint as to what may be happening behind this apparent orderliness.
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Allan Wolf-Tasker 004

Waterways of Daylesford

This body of work concentrates on the area known as Central Springs Reserve in the village of Daylesford, Victoria’s Central Highlands.
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Bronni Krieger, Keepsake, 2016, oil on linen, 92 x 122 cm


Unspoken brings us before a series of paintings of animals whose physicality is so lovingly rendered that one is called to pause and enter the intensely felt space of the artist.
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