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Reducing Landscapes: Fred Williams and John Nixon

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Free art exhibition by two eminent Australian artists
Town Hall Gallery, located at 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn (in the former Hawthorn Town Hall), is currently presenting Reducing Landscapes, an exhibition featuring the works of two major Australian artists.

Reducing Landscapes: Fred Williams and John Nixon art exhibition
One of the works by John Nixon - enamel and various timbers on canvas. (Image credit: John Nixon, Eltham, courtesy Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.)

Fred Williams OBE has had more than 70 solo exhibitions during his career, including Fred Williams Landscapes of a Continent at New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1977. Several of Williams' paintings have been sold at auction for more than $1M, making his works amongst the most highly valued Australian art. Born in Richmond, Williams lived and worked in Hawthorn for much of his life, giving him a longstanding connection to the Boroondara area.

Reducing Landscapes: Fred Williams and John Nixon art exhibition
A plate of Fred Williams.

John Nixon has had an important influence on the development of contemporary art and artists in Australia not only through his critically acclaimed artwork, but also through his efforts in assisting other artists to forge a pathway of their own. His work is included in all major State Museum collections in Australia.

In Reducing Landscapes, the artists highlight the process and expression of abstraction. The paintings of Williams, and the constructions of Nixon have nature - or more specifically landscape - as their basis.

"The landscape painting is a vehicle for utilising form and structure around the specifics of site", says Nixon. "Williams experiments with the medium of paint for its own sake using wash and impasto oil paint and brush. I experiment differently, using enamel paint and sponge brushes, and a method of construction to build the paintings beyond the picture plane using collaged timbers."

Alongside Reducing Landscapes, Town Hall Gallery is presenting Dialect, an exhibition featuring works from the gallery's permanent collection by artists including Helen Maudsley, Ian Armstrong, Robert Clinch, Eric Thake, Robert Jacks and Noel Counihan. Dialect investigates a variety of artists' styles and languages. Viewers are encouraged to look at how some artists have changed their style over the years, while others have a very clear signature style.

Reducing Landscapes: Fred Williams and John Nixon art exhibition
Through the Never Country. Going; Rushing Along. Here and There and Never Was (Helen Maudsley) (2010) - part of the Gallery's permanent collection being exhibited in Dialect.

Reducing Landscapes and Dialect run until 6th March 2016.

Town Hall Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm (closed Monday). Admission to the Gallery is free.
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Why? An interesting exhibition of the 'abstraction of expression' from two eminent Australian artists.
When: Open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm (closed Monday)
Phone: (03) 9278 4626
Where: Town Hall Gallery, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Cost: FREE
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It looks like quite a variety of styles.
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