Melbourne, 24 Nov 2021 — 18 Dec 2021

35 Derby Street [PO Box 1183], Collingwood 3066

Marvellous Melbourne
- Nick Howson

Nick Howson uncovers visual poetry and rich beauty from his surroundings. Captivating patterns and vibrant colour harmonies emerge from the everyday scenes of modern life.

In his recent series of paintings Howson continues to explore his beloved hometown of Melbourne and its landmarks, through the unique lens of life during the pandemic. He spent a lot of time exploring the city during the recent lockdowns, describing it as “a surreal place of totally empty streets for as far as could see, huge buildings with no one in them, no cars; silence.”

Howson poignantly captures the mood of a city in waiting; empty streets and roads are viewed at a distance; familiar icons such as Flinders Street Station and the NGV stand majestic and alone. In many of these works, when people gather it is to buy groceries, to queue for vaccines, or to protest; yet also, comfortingly, they come together to go fishing or to watch a game of football.

These sensitively observed works in Howson’s characteristic allegorical style, sometimes sombre in tone, often uplifting and humorous, evoke a deep sense of warmth and compassion, offering the artist’s personal observations and insights into our shared human experience.

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‘Extinct’ – Artistic Impressions of Our Lost Wildlife

Image above: Sue Anderson  Christmas Island Pipistrelle  coloured pencil on paper  30.5 x 22 cm ‘Extinct’ is a recently published book by …

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Nick Howson – Melbourne bollards

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Rodney Pople and Nick Howson – Finalists in the 2020 Gallipoli Art Prize

Rodney Pople, Hopes and Dreams (2019-20), oil on wood, diptych, 45 x 65cm Congratulations to artists Rodney Pople and Nick Howson who …

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Greg Johns – ‘Work of the Week’ at the New Art Centre, England

Image above: Greg Johns  Transfigure  2006  Corten steel  edition 5  240 x 57 x 40 cm Sculptor, Greg Johns’ work, …

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Raymond Arnold – Finalist in the 2022 John Leslie Art Prize

Image above: Raymond Arnold  To see the bones and the tombstone at once / Huon pine  2022  oil on canvas  …

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Sue Anderson, Ron Robertson-Swann and Ayako Saito – 2022 Deakin University Small Sculpture Award Finalists

Image above: Ayako Saito  Artemis Bow  2021  steel, painted  29 x 51 x 37 cm Congratulations to Sue Anderson, Ron …

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Martin King – Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize touring exhibition

Image above: Martin King  tree of life, unsuccessful species  2021  etching, dry point, chine colle and hand colouring  edition 3  168 …

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Graeme Peebles – Groep van Roey Print Commission

Image above: The two intaglio plates Graeme has been working on for the print commission Congratulations to Graeme Peebles who …

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Mary Tonkin – Winner of the 2022 Salon des Refusés People’s Choice Award

Image above: Mary Tonkin  Hot Kiss, Kalorama  2021  oil on linen  183 x 214 cm Congratulations to Mary Tonkin who …

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Peter Wegner – Feature in ABC News

Above Image: Peter Wegner (right) pictured with subject Sylvia Drager (centre) at Benalla Art Gallery  2022   Peter Wegner continues …

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William Kentridge in Artist Profile

Image above: Mechanic 2021  mohair tapestry in collaboration with Marguerite Stephens  edition 1/6  261 x 281 cm We are delighted to …

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Wayne Viney – ‘Into a new landscape’ – IMPRINT Magazine

Image above: Wayne Viney  Little Horn, Cradle Mountain  2021  monotype  unique  17.5 x 27.5 cm Wayne Viney Landscapes Tasmania  2- …

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Glenn Morgan and Terry Matassoni in North West City News

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