We've been Fred Fowler fanatics (the FFFs) for a long time now - chasing his abstract cartoonish work down Melbourne's laneways. These days he is the toast of the town and we don't need to risk ankle breaking adventures to see his work. Now based in a beautiful airy studio in Footscray and has sold out exhibitions at some of the countries most popular galleries. We caught up with Fred and asked him how he got here.
1. You’re exhibition Under Wild Skies with the TDF Collect just sold out. Congratulations! Can you tell us a little about your exhibition? Under Wild Skies was an exploration of not just the physical landscape but the cultural and psychological landscape of Australia. I wanted to try to subvert the idea of traditional European landscape painting while still making work that is visually seductive. There’s lots of symbolism in the work that I haven’t utilised before such as spirits and ghosts and detention centres.
2. Any hot tips for aspiring young artists / what would modern-day Fred say to 17 year old Fred?
Oyster farmer, Japanese woodwork apprentice, fighter pilot, sniper, homicide detective, fireman, quantum physicist or garbo.