“Once upon a time” is instantly associated with the beginning of a story or sequence of events. The paintings in this visual narrative while mainly non figurative, do reflect and commemorate the spiritual and physical aspects of people, objects, landscape, place and time. Having incorporated historical events, locations and related objects, Fred McCullough describes his work as pictorial fiction embedded in fact.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Fred McCullough has lived and been involved in the Tasmanian art scene for forty five years. He has participated in exhibitions and private viewings in Northern Ireland, the UK, Tasmania and mainland Australia. His paintings can be found in a number of private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas and in recent years a complete body of his work Above and Beyond a Flt. Engineers Log, series2 became part of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Collection. The twelve canvases were first exhibited in Belfast in 2009 and now hang next to WW2, Lancaster “Just Jane”at a restored WW2 RAF base at East Kirkby in England.
A Flight Engineers Log series1, made up of eleven relief painted panels, are the first chapter of this visual narrative, Once Upon a Time. The paintings are based on the RAF Log Book of the artist’s uncle, one of a Lancaster crew of seven killed on an operation to Munich in March 1943.
From this beginning other paintings follow a natural thread of reflection and commemoration. Man, object, place and time are constant elements in much of the work. The objects, symbols and locations become “footprints”and reminders of dramatic episodes in history. The paintings take us on a visual and emotional journey, from the tragedy of the Western Front to the skies of the Ruhr. Closer to home one can contemplate the demise of American B24 Liberator “Little Eva” near the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1942, to the majestic hulk of the 1917 submarine J-7 which lies as a breakwater at the Sandringham Yacht Club in Port Phillip Bay.
Whilst there are commemorative connotations these are not war or military paintings. The associated forms are reflections of the past, stated in the present, with the potential to exist spiritually, physically and indefinitely into the future. The nature of the exhibition is such that the public can interpret the work from many levels and points of interest.
Friday 7 – Sunday 16 August 2015
10:00am – 5:00pm weekdays
9:30am – 4:30pm Saturday & Sunday
OFFICIAL OPENING: Friday 7 August 2015, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Introduction and welcome by Peter Worrall, Director of Worrrall Lawyers
A short welcome and exhibition background conversation by the artist, Fred McCullough.
Image Credits: Fred McCullough