Opening 9 February 6-8 pm
4 February – 5 March 2023
Fox Galleries returns with our annual group exhibition ‘Morning Bell’ to welcome new artists and rejoice our represented artists. This exhibition illustrates the momentum of practice, to let loose in the rhythmic chime of the artist at work; a manifesto of letting go and getting lost.
In this ritual of the rising artist, you will encounter predominantly Australian-based artists of diverse histories, in a congregation of over 50 artworks expanding our stockroom and gallery window fronted spaces, nestled in the heart of Collingwood. Tethered by the morning bell of living and breathing their art practice, this selection is sounded in full swing.
A multiplex of contemporary and modern art, we jubilate in welcoming Scottish-born Australian painter Yvonne Boag’s expansive practice whose energised landscapes have captivated her audience, uniting generations of artists, patrons and explorers. Alongside the debut of accomplished artist Jo Darvall’s enchanting visual arts practice; keen-eyed with an aptitude for exacting story from place.
Other geographical perspectives in the aesthetic realm: the distinguished paintings of Richard Dunlop, the compelling hyperrealist botanicals of Jason Moad, Perth-based artist Bec Juniper’s topographical field paintings and aerial landscapes, engaging surfaces that transform layer by layer, just as the nature from which they’re inspired.
The solar plexus of abstract expressionism American-born, Australia-residing artist Harold David, brings a fresh experimental approach to 2023, paralleled by 85 year old Murray Walker springing forth new bronze assemblages and a seminal work from his most recent Berlin adventure, all while coinciding with his exhibition at the Heide Museum of Modern Art.
The nomadic Nigel Sense, presents vivid and playful paintings, pieces of instantaneous nostalgic remedies formed by the people, places, things he encounters, contrasted with Nick Longford’s tender observations of the human condition, meanwhile Esther Erlich, has earned her reputation from portraits that emit presence, empowered postures and gestures that open up their faces to gift a sense of intimate vulnerability.
Joanna Gambotto, an exceptional painter, pulls you into her dream-like interior scenes of personal artefacts, rewarding the audience with the calamities of what occurs behind closed doors, beside the expressive universes of Tasmanian artist Jane Giblin and the gliding figures of New Zealand artist Odelle Morshuis and sculptor Stephen Glassborow.
Lastly, Victor Rubin’s delft and manoeuvring observations alongside Peter Thomas’ felt works that dalliance between painting and sculptural structures, the enticing works by South- African born artist Eddie Botha, narrative concepts that dance like moving diaries and the expressive and abundant abstract visual vocabulary of Al Poulet.
A collective awakening of the ‘Morning Bell’, a confluence of, and a reminder to- see the silent chimes of the artist at work.