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Josh Foley

"I want to disrupt the usual relationships that someone viewing a painting has to create a schism within their mind and in turn the corporeal reality they are situated in.”

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Tasmanian artist Josh Foley, born in Launceston, holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Art (Hons) from the University of Tasmania. He has exhibited throughout Australia including 20 solo shows and has received a number of prestigious awards, grants, commissions and residencies. His work is held in many public and private collections throughout Australia, including the collection of the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery.

In 2011 Foley won The John Glover Prize, which is the richest landscape prize in Australia. Anthony Bond OAM, speaking in 2011, then Curator of International Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and head judge of the Glover prize 2011, said of Josh’s work;  “…it’s talking about the whole history of the conventions of western painting.”

Solo exhibitions include Blue Lines at MOP Projects: Hosted by Galerie pompom, Sydney (2015); Parametric Painting Institute at Gallerysmith Project Space, North Melbourne (2015); Transference at Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport (2014); Caffeine as part of PAINTFACE Curated by Polly Dance at Constance ARI, Hobart (2014); The Parataxic Sublime at Kings ARI, Melbourne (2013); The Uncarved Block, at Outward Project, Launceston (2013).

“Predominately the texture represented in my images is an illusion and the paintings surfaces are actually flat. This is not evident if the viewer cannot observe them in the space that they hang. This trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) that I work with is not to deceive but to confuse the haptic expectations and bodily position of the audience. I want to disrupt the usual relationships that someone viewing a painting has to create a schism within their mind and in turn the corporeal reality they are situated in.” Josh Foley, Launceston, 2016

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Mary Scott gallery view
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ART AND OBJECT

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15 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS

with Mary Scott, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Josh Foley, Peter Poulet and more...
BANNER SUMMER SHOW 1718_WEB_CROPPED, Vary, 2017. Photographer: Despard Gallery
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Annual Summer Show 17/18

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15 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS

Despard Gallery celebrating 30 years of representing contemporary art in Tasmania!
Geoff Dyer
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Annual Summer Show 16/17

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15 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS

Celebrating 30 years of representing contemporary Tasmanian artists.
Patterdale Project
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The Patterdale Project

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183 Uplands Road, Deddington

The father of Australian landscape painting is honoured in a thoughtful and timely manner, in the place he loved.
The Performing pigs
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Animalia – A Group Show

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15 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS

a themed exhibition with artists, who relate with their imagery directly to Animalia both real and imagined.
Despard Gallery
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Despard Gallery

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15 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS

Contemporary Tasmanian art gallery located in the arts precinct of Salamanca Place.