Burnt Kilometre: The Black Saturday Series

Louise Foletta

30 November - 18 December 2011
Opening Tuesday 30 November, 6-8pm

Exhibition to be opened by Joyce Evans

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Louise Foletta, well-known portrait and landscape artist from Melbourne with almost 40 years of exhibiting experience around the world, will present a solo exhibition of work influenced by the Black Saturday bushfires in February 2009 around her property in Buxton, Victoria.

Louise developed a deep connection with the rhythms and cycles of the land early in life. Her journeys into the Australian interior have reinforced her concerns about the fragility of our landscape and the delicate environmental balance which is constantly being realigned.

"Recently I have been doing a series of Fire Paintings, trying to interpret the vision that came to me in the early hours of Black Saturday. After the fire, once I started to become less numb, I have tried to record how things look on or from our farm and in the surrounding area. To get the vibrant colour I need to work in layers," says Foletta of her work, many of which are watercolour and in gouache.

As she continues to seek and see the spiritual qualities in the spaces she visits, these works examine and sensitively interpret the many subtleties of both interior and coastal areas (although Burnt Kilometre confines itself to a few kilometres around Buxton and Marysville).

In addition to exhibitions throughout Victoria, Louise has an extensive history in Australia, including Sydney, Hobart, Brisbane, Perth, Alice Springs and the Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale as well as taking part in exhibitions in the US, Taiwan, Canada, Korea and China.

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Her work is held in the collections of Art Bank, Australian Trade Commission Taiwan, Australia Post, Castlemaine Art Gallery, City of Boroondara, Hamilton District Hospital, Genomic Research Institute, Melbourne University, Trinity Grammar School, Xavier College as well as private collections in Australia, USA, Italy, Taiwan, UK, Japan, Canada, Switzerland and New Zealand.

Louise Foletta is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the 2002 and 2001 CAA (Contemporary Art Australia) Prizes, 1997 Alexandra Rotary Award, 1992 Canson 500 Art Award and, more recently, the 2004 and 2009 Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors Prize and Certificate of Honour with Medal at the International Watermedia Masters Exhibition, Nanjing, China.

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