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Artscape on ABC Television is showcasing the work of Graham Fransella in 'Landscape of the Wynne' on ABC1 Tues 28 July @ 10pm and ABC2 Sun 2 August @ 7pm.Winner of the 2009 Art Gallery of New South Wales Trustee’s Watercolour Prize as part of the Wynne Prize, Fransella is exhibiting at Stella Downer Fine Art from 25 August to 20 September 2009.
GRAHAM FRANSELLA’s work is unashamedly bold. His striking canvases and large-scale etchings capture a burst of colour and multi-layered abstraction. Embedded in FRANSELLA’s work is a visual geography created by strong lines and textural planes which he uses to address presence and absence. That is, the presence of the human form he has made known and the absence of personal identity.
FRANSELLA’s work presents symbolic snapshots of people, places and time. FRANSELLA says “I concern myself with the making of a picture using line, colour, pace, form etc. The figure and landscape are vehicles to explore these concerns. I leave it up to the viewer to reflect on the content or meaning. I struggle with the struggle of picture making”. FRANSELLA’s most recent body of work displays his continuing commitment to his iconic visual forms.
Born in Harrow, England, FRANSELLA studied at the Bradford School of Art, Yorkshire. He came to Australia in 1975. FRANSELLA is extensively represented in Australia’s major public collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery, Geelong Art Gallery, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Warrnambool Art Gallery and in many private collections in Australia, Europe and the USA, including Saatchi and Saatchi, London. FRANSELLA has had over fifty solo exhibitions and received numerous awards.