George FOXHILL

Accession number 2009_04
Artwork title Falling Lover
Date of work 1989
Credit Line / Acquisition Information Donation Lindsay Cleary through the Federal Governments Cultural Gift Scheme 2009
Signed & Dated
Display Height / Width 2180cm x 1600cm
Artwork Statement

“A painter paints not because he wants to represent what he sees and is competent to do so, but because the visible world stimulates him to satisfy his deep urge to shape his understanding of life and nature”. GEORGE FOXHILL

George Foxhill studied art in his native Austria, attending the Kunstegewerbeschule and the Volkshochschule in Salzburg after the war. He migrated to Australia in 1956, moving to the Canberra suburb of Dickson in 1958, when it was being established. He is a long time Canberra resident.

Foxhill, having experienced considerable success in his native Austria, entered an arid art scene and was confronted with the reality of having to paint houses and repair furniture to support his young family. He painted in his spare time, in the evenings and on weekends, and did not commence exhibiting in Australia until the 1960s. Foxhill questioned whether he had made the correct decision to leave Austria. During the 1980s, Foxhill found his mature style, a figurative European expressionist style which can be linked to artists such as the German painter, Georg Baselitz.

Foxhill’s human characters from this period are vulnerable, but strong in their dignity and courage to confront the large questions that associated with trying to come to terms with the struggles of human existence. He uses paint as a medium to describe an emotional and psychological state, rather than describing physical appearances.

Falling Lover, 1989 is a moving example of Foxhill’s work from this time. It is a monumental but deeply personal painting depicting the artist embraced by his wife Rosa.

Credit Line / Acquisition Information Donation Lindsay Cleary through the Federal Governments Cultural Gift Scheme 2009

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