Brett Colquhoun Transpires

3 September –
8 October 2022
Brett Colquhoun


, 2022
Installation view, Sutton Gallery

The paintings in Transpires explore notions of absence, presence, time, and memory. In addressing these phenomena, Colquhoun has created two distinct bodies of work, Impending, and Telescope, each containing expansive views with intervening forms.

The verdant landscapes of the Impending series are significant to the artist through experience and memory. In a number of these paintings, wires cross the surface anticipating or capturing a moment. The orbs that hover above the garden scenes and the constellations in the Telescope paintings allude to shifting perspectives. Whether a wire, thread or lens, Colquhoun employs these painterly devices throughout Transpires to unsettle his otherwise serene outlooks.

Selected 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.

Selected 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 ProjectsMelbourne, 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.

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