Australian artist, curator and John Monash Scholar Fernando do Campo (BCA 2007) opened his first solo exhibition outside Australia, earlier this month in New York City.
Titled Figure behind a lake, the exhibition presents thirty new paintings produced in his studio in Manhattan at Parsons The New School for Design. An inquiry into the way that one perceives the spaces we move through and inhabits underpins Fernando's whole creative practice.
The 2014 Scholar, is interested in the way that perception and our relationships to sites calls upon a pictorial representation of landscape – one focused on colour, patter, repetition, memory.
Held at Australia's New York City Consulate, the exhibit opened April 10th most appropriately in the "Monash Room". The evening event was hosted by The Honourable Nick Minchin and attended by some 200 guests. Among those the Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Tasmania, Dr Peter Rathjen, Anne Gaines, Dean, Parsons The New School for Design and Mr Geoffrey Pack, President of the American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia.
A graduate of both the Tasmanian College of the Arts and the School of Art (ANU, Canberra), Fernando was named Young Tasmanian of the Year for Arts in 2013. He is recipient to numerous awards including individual grants from the Regional Arts Fund, Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council for the Arts. Residencies include the Cite International des Arts, Paris (2012) and Schloss Laudon, Austrian Ministry of Culture, Vienna (2013).
In 2014 Fernando became the inaugural General Sir John Monash Cultural Scholar. He is currently completing his Masters of Fine Art at New York School of Design. This exhibition is part of a new
initiative by the Australian Consulate in New York to support Australian art professionals presenting projects in the USA.
Please email Fernando directly for a copy of the catalogue of available works and sale enquiries.
Above Image: I always Hear You Before I see You # 5 & 6, acrylic on board, 30cm x 20cm, 2015.