• The Greg Frawley Retrospective •

2017 Special Feature Artist

In the lead up and during the 2017 Camden Art Prize, Greg Frawleys' paintings will be on display in the Camden Library and Camden Civic Centre show two main directions - local streetcapes and semi-abstract paintings of torsos in a variety of settings. This latter direction has formed the bulk of my painting over the past 40 years. The streetscapes describe themselves - but the torsos might need some explaining.

Improvising is a great characteristic of Australians living in remote areas.

Having grown up in country towns my mum and dad were great improvisers in making the most of simple living in simple town life. Very content. Few luxuries, just the basics.

Apricots and peaches were the great treasures of summer. I might see only a few each year but they were highly valued and deeply enjoyed. Mangoes and avocados were much later exotic arrivals, lemons and mandarins the stalwarts.

Essentially my subjects and art making are based on improvisation.

Since the mid 1970s I have painted simplified torsos in various gestures, often animated by twisting the shoulders in an opposite direction to the hips, either forward and back, or up and down. This created implied movement, gesture and attitude uncomplicated by facial expressions and limbs. Then I added objects and fruit being held, balanced, treasured. Torsos playing games. Although I often call them maquettes on a sculptor's shelf. Implied movement and gesture underly each composition while spaces and shapes create tension and compression.

 

gREG fRAWLEY

Enjoying drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and photography have provided me with more satisfaction and stimulation than I could ever have imagined.

Inspired by classical architecture and sculpture I turned the torsos, male and female, into sculptural columns - telamones(male), caryatids(female).

Introducing some lifting, wrestling and games. The "Moon Trap" series shows figures balancing tomato stakes to trap the nocturnal moon, still having fun in a fruitless season.

To me the human form is infinite in size and shape and infinitely sensuous. Rather than focus on catwalk forms I developed more weight in the legs and strength in backs and shoulders to create more realistic and heavier torsos.

Compositions are improvised through phases of change, overpainting, refining and reduction. Often I don't know where I am going but the guiding thought is to combine figures, landscape, interiors and objects into meditative arrangements through my meditative process - mostly in quiet motion, sometimes dramatic.

Greg Frawley studied at the Alexander Mackie Teachers College and National Art School in Sydney before becoming a painter and teacher. As you can see, Greg has exhibited extensively in and around Sydney since 1979 and has won numerous art awards.

 

Awards and Competitions

2015  Finalist, Gallipoli Art Prize, Gallipoli Club, Sydney

1994  Finalist, Mandorla Religious Art Exhibition, New Norcia, WA

1992  Finalist, Mandorla Religious Art Exhibition, New Norcia, WA

1988  Highly Commended Local Artist Section, Camden Art Prize  (Margaret Woodward)

1987  Open Traditional and Abstract Prizes, Fisher's Ghost Festival, Campbelltown, NSW

1987  Open Traditional Prize, Stonequarry Arts Festival, Picton, NSW

1987  New South Wales Police Art Prize, Runner-up Mixed Media (Colin Parker)

1986   Open Traditional Prize and Highly Commended in Abstract Prize, Fisher's Ghost Festival, Campbelltown, NSW (David Millar, Brian Gaston)

1986   Local Artist Prize, Camden Art Prize, Camden NSW

1986   Finalist, Mandorla Religious Art Competition New Norcia, WA

1986   Finalist, Royal Australian Navy 75th Review Exhibition, Royal Art Society National Tour on HMAS Darwin

1986   Australian Miniatures, Highly Commended Mixed Media, Molong, NSW

1985  Finalist, Blake Prize for Religious Art, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney, NSW, including National Tour of Capital Cities (Lloyd Rees, Barry Pearce, Tim Bass)

1985  Highly Commended Open Traditional, October, Stonequarry Arts Festival, Picton, NSW (Elwyn Lynn)

1981  Highly Commended Open and Traditional, Camden Municipal Art Exhibition (Renis Zusters)

1980   Local Landscape Prize, Camden Art Prize (Lloyd Rees)

Solo Exhibitions

2005
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Temeraire Art Studio, 82 Enmore Road, Newtown, NSW

2003
•  Dale Thomas Gallery, Artarmon, NSW

2001
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Greg Frawley Studio, 7/16 Hill Street, Camden, NSW

2000
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Greg Frawley Studio, 7/16 Hill Street, Camden, NSW

1998
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Untitled Gallery, Longueville Road, Land Cove, Sydney, NSW

1997
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Riverina Galleries, Wagga Wagga, NSW

1996
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Boyd Gallery, Narellan, NSW

1995
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Riverina Galleries, Wagga Wagga, NSW
•  Gallery 292, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC

1994
•  Kenthurst Galleries, Sydney, NSW
•  Elgin Gallery, Carlton, Melbourne, VIC

1993
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Riverina Galleries, Wagga Wagga, NSW
•  Boyd Gallery, Narellan, NSW
•  Bloomfield Galleries, Paddington, Sydney, NSW

1992
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Avoca Fine Art Gallery, Kincumber, NSW
•  Riverina Galleries, Wagga Wagga, NSW

1991
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Riverina Galleries, Wagga Wagga, NSW
•  Avoca Fine Art Gallery, Kincumber, NSW

1990
•  Art Studio 5 Eleven, Baulkham Hills, Sydney, NSW
•  Boyd Gallery, Narellan, NSW

1988
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"Evening Earthpieces", Temeraire, Turner Road, Narellan, NSW

1983
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Temeraire, Turner Road, Narellan, NSW

  

Represented

Camden Municipal Council - 1980, 1986

University of New South Wales Art Collection 1993

University of Western Sydney 1996

Artbank 1991

Private Collections - Papua New Guinea, Israel, Japan, Great Britain, Ireland, Switzerland and USA

 

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Group Exhibitions

2015
•  Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown, NSW

2008
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The Milk Factory, Bowral, NSW

2001
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"Nudes", Norton Gallery, McMahons Point, Sydney NSW

2000
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Headmaster's Gallery, St Ives, Sydney, NSW

1999
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Grosvenor Galleries, Lane Cove, NSW

1989
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"Intimisme", Temeraire, Narellan, NSW

1997 - 1998
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Porters Gallery, Kenthurst, Sydney, NSW

1996
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Invited Artist, Mandorla Religious Art Exhibition, New Norcia, WA
 Ronald Coles Gallery, Kenthurst, Sydney, NSW
•  Sandridge Gallery, South Melbourne, VIC
•  Dempster's Gallery, Canterbury, Melbourne, VIC

1995
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Elgin Gallery, Carlton, Melbourne, VIC

1985
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Australian Contemporary Art Fair ACAF4, Melbourne, VIC
(Represented by Bloomfield Galleries)

1991  
 Inner Circle Gallery, "HIV-AIDS - Don't Push It…" Exhibition,           Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW
 Woolloomooloo Garllery, "Wooloomooloo Images", Sydney, NSW

1990  
•  Campbelltown Bicentennial Art Gallery, "Working Up To Yellow",

Homage to Vincent Van Gogh, Campbelltown, NSW

1988
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Holdsworth Contemporary Gallery, MBA Bicentennial Exhibition, Sydney, NSW
•  Mitchell Library, "On this Day" Exhibition, Sydney, NSW
 "Bicentennial Blues", Opened by Burnam Burnam, Temeraire, Narellan, NSW

1987
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Graham Gallery, "Industrial & Maritime Exhibition", Mt Kembla, NSW

1986
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"The Garden", Temeraire, Narellan, NSW
 Mahlab Law Week Exhibition, Supreme Court, Sydney, NSW

1985
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"Contemporary Landscape II", Temeraire, Narellan NSW
 "Three Directions", Exhibition with Bob Baker and Brian Stratton, Temeraire, Narellan, NSW

1984 - 1990
 Beth Mayne Studio, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW

1984
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Red Cross Art Exhibition,  Sydney
 "Fantasy Illusion",Temeraire, Narellan, NSW
 "Camden Images", Temeraire,  Narellan, NSW
 "Greg Frawley.Max Wootten", Temeraire, Narellan, NSW
 Blake Prize for Religious Art, Commonwealth Bank, Sydney, NSW

1983
 "Contemporary Landscape", March, Temeraire, Narellan, NSW
 Graham Gallery, Exhibition with Bob Baker, Mt Kembla, Wollongong, NSW
 "Figures Interiors", Temeraire, Narellan, NSW
 Blake Prize for Religious Art, Commonwealth Bank, Sydney, NSW

1982
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Bloomfield Galleries 10th Anniversary Exhibition. Paddington, Sydney, NSW
•  Graham Gallery, Exhibition with Bob Baker, Mt Kembla, NSW
•  Argillion Gallery, Exhibition with Bob Baker & Arpad Kinka, Camden, NSW

1979
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Sydney Heritage Exhibition, Sydney Morning Herald, Westfield Blacktown, Sydney NSW

1979 - 1986 (inclusive)
•  Modern Art Gallery, Leacock's Lane, Casula, NSW