Brett Colquhoun’s lightness of touch results in paintings and drawings that exude a strange and elegant mystery. Forever in search of ways to articulate states of being, moments in time and ways of seeing the world, Colquhoun produces moments of introspection where figurative elements provide a way into more timeless and profound issues. Colquhoun’s distinguished exhibition history dates back to 1982, having been part of the pivotal Australian institutions Art Projects, Gertrude Street and Pinacotheca.
Select solo exhibitions: Mirrors, Five Walls, Melbourne, 2021; Impending, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2018; Landing, Sutton Projects, Melbourne, 2016; Milani Gallery, Brisbane, 2015; Backcatalogue, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Breath, Five Walls Projects, Melbourne, 2014; Spirit, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; Breath, Sutton Projects, Melbourne, 2011; Kindle, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2009; Underground Medicine, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2007.
Select group exhibitions: XXX: Celebrating 30 years of Sutton Gallery, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2022; Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Finalist, Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD, 2018; Perimeter, Five Walls Projects, Melbourne, 2016; Trams: Moving Pictures, The Old Treasury Building, Melbourne, 2012; MELBOURNE><BRISBANE: punk/art/music, then and now, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2010; The Shilo Project, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2009; On the brink: abstraction in the 90’s, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2000.
Colquhoun takes moments of introspective melancholy and makes them a celebration – neither manic nor moribund but decidedly powerful.Ashley Crawford, 2005