Len Fox Painting Award Project 2016

'On the Mediterranean Coast - One Hundred Years On' synthetic polymer paint on aluminium composite panel, 79 x 96 cm, 2016

In 1911 Emanuel Phillips Fox painted On the Mediterranean Coast  that presently hangs in the Castlemaine Art Museum. I took that as my starting point.

My shortlisted entry is titled On the Mediterranean Coast – One Hundred Years On, 79 x 96 cm, synthetic polymer paint on aluminium composite, 2016

I am not engaged with what we expect to happen, but what in fact happens despite our intentions and anxieties. Hence, while I admit having huge expectations, I set my parameters, point my materials in that direction, and open the gate!

That is my equivalence to the impressionist: that and a love of colour and a want to lick the best bits off the brush.

In this case, having been seduced by On the Mediterranean Coast, E Phillips Fox, 1911 I sought to trust in the digital accoutrements embedded in the contemporary. That is, I allowed the machine to make an impression of the subject and I carried out its direction without quite knowing the outcome.


In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Victorian College of the Arts (an amalgamation of The National Gallery School and Prahran Faculty of Art), Bill has been selected as one of the VCA’s ’eminent student alumni and staff members’ to exhibit in a contemporary iteration of the infamous ‘9 x 5 Impressionist Exhibition’ of 1889. The seven artists in that exhibition, all alumni, were Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin and Charles Conder, C Douglas Richardson, R.E. Falls and Herbert Daly, who used 9′ x 5′ cedar cigar box lids on which to paint.

The exhibition will mirror the format of the original exhibition meaning all works will be on a 9 x 5 inch board.

The exhibition will take place at the VCA’s Margaret Lawrence Gallery in June 2017.

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Bill’s painting was shortlisted for the $50,000 Len Fox Painting Award to be judged and opened by Associate Professor Dr. Rex Butler on Saturday 8th October 2016 at the Castlemaine Art Museum – until December 2016.

Represented by Ms Andy Dinan at [MARS] Gallery, 7 James St. Windsor, Melbourne VIC.   +61 (0)3 95217517   andy@marsgallery.com.au    marsgallery.com.au and in Sydney by Ms Nadine Wagner at Wagner Contemporary, Hampden St Paddington, NSW +61 (0)2 9360 6069   nadinewagner@wagnercontemporary.com.au     wagnercontemporary.com.au