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Turner Gallery August Exhibitions

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Turner Galleries proudly presents their August program of exhibitions, featuring an outstanding line up of important Australian artists. In our Main Gallery we will host an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew Browne, a significant and exciting mid-career artist from Melbourne. We present a highly anticipated new series of figurative paintings by eminent local artist Gregory Pryor, and lastly, but by no means least, we have invited former local artist, now residing in Hobart, Mike Singe, to exhibit his extraordinary ‘carbon capture’ reductive drawings.


Andrew Browne describes his works as having a ‘darkened unease’, and indeed, this phrase could well apply to the artworks of all three artists. Browne's new paintings are located in an ambiguous nocturnal realm, and build on a previous series of ‘waterfall’ paintings, exhibited last year at Tolarno Galleries. These works reveal abstracted details from the natural world, where our notion of the idealised waterfall, as wondrous and life-affirming, give way to a darkened unease. The natural flow of water via gesture is stilled, memorialized, to suggestive and uncanny intent.

Browne will be in Perth to participate in the Turner Galleries Artist in Residence Programme, sponsored by the Turner Galleries Art Angels and the North Metropolitan TAFE. Since 1981 he has held over 35 solo exhibitions and been included in over 100 group exhibitions in commercial, museum and public galleries. Career survey exhibitions have been held at Bendigo Art Gallery (1999), Gippsland Art Gallery (2012), and in 2016 his parallel photographic practise was the subject of a survey installation at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne. He won the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing in 2016, and in 2018 he was awarded the prestigious Geelong Contemporary Art Prize.

We are currently taking new Art Angels memberships: Join before October 2019 and receive a limited edition artwork from each of the 2019 artists in residence: Andrew Browne, Jennifer Goodman and Helen Britton. Click here for more information.


Despite his interest in the subject of climate change Mike Singe is quick to point out that it would be inaccurate to label his art practice as environmentally responsible. Rather than drawing inspiration from the field of legitimate climate science, his practice is informed by the evolving culture and language that has developed in response to this looming environmental disaster.

For Fixation Singe presents new works from an ongoing series of environmentally dubious carbon capture and storage drawings. Made by applying candle soot onto the drawing surface, then removing the soot to create drawings (carbon reduction), the works in this exhibition highlight the fallacy of industrial carbon fixation by linking it to Singe’s own impotent attempts to overcome the environmental impact of his art practice.

Mike Singe studied at Curtin University, graduating in 1990, and went on to receive a MFA in 2011 from the University of Tasmania in Hobart. His artworks can be found in several important collections including; Art Gallery of WA, Kerry Stokes, Murdoch University, Bankwest, Holmes a Court, Royal Perth Hospital, City of Joondalup, Curtin University and King Edward Memorial Hospital.


The title of Gregory Pryor’s exhibition Dragging Tail refers to the very last section of a Chinese hand scroll. It is an empty space, reserved for the written responses to the artwork. In allocating this title to his exhibition Pryor is making a reference to the relationship of text, or writing, to the Western Australian landscape by white people since the colonial period. Their mapping and notations becomes a journey to the present; an attempt to understand an ancient land that ultimately their presence will change forever.

Pryor noted that "The spectral figures in these new paintings are struggling to move through a foreign country. Their genetic makeup is ill suited to such an encounter and their cultural education inadequate to be able to see clearly what they are moving through. In the blip of time since colonisation that has resulted in massive loss and damage to this landscape, our facility to deal with and respect the land has not advanced so much... In some ways, these figures are attempting to learn and spend time in just being in this country, but their rudimentary tools and possessions they drag around like emotional comforters, merely inscribe an illegible text in the earth behind them.”

Gregory Pryor is an artist, writer and academic who has been based in Perth since arriving in Western Australia in 2003. His paintings can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of WA, Murdoch University, City of Perth, University of WA, Edith Cowan University and Wesfarmers.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.



Friday, August 16 – Saturday, September 14, 2019


turner galleries
470 William Street
Northbridge, Western Australia


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