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THE AUTUMN EDITION

INSIDE CHAPTER HOUSE, W I T H M I E T TA W A L S H A WEEKEND WITH LUCY FENTON


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CONTENTS AUTUMN 2022 // LET’S MOVE INDOORS Set the mood for Autumn with accents, layers, artwork and tactile accessories.

INFLUENTIAL

Designer Advice: Architect Tom Robertson shares a project journey TO THE TRADE

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HOME CRUSH

STYLE SECRETS

Home tour: Chapter House Interview: Meet Mietta Right Now: Mietta Loves / Shop It Style to Steal: 6 ways to uplift your home this Autumn

The Styling Journey Re-imagine Your Home

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THE GALLERY

Welcome Inside Art Arrivals Up Next Meet Liam Murphy and Melanie Macilwain

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THE STYLISTS GUIDE TO GIFTING

Gift Edit Style & gift pics by Bea Lambos

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HOME TOUR

Lucy Fenton’s Weekender An Interview with Lucy Fenton Right now: Lucy Loves / Shop It Style to Steal : The Weekender Style Secrets

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Latest Arrivals Coming Soon

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EDITOR’S LETTER

It’s time to let the season inspire us in different ways. As the days get shorter and cooler, we’re ready to start layering, embracing texture, playing with colour and setting the mood with lighting and art. Whether you are looking to create a welcoming entrance, add some layers to a living space or cosy up your bedroom, we share our tips to help you embrace the cooler seasons ahead.

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PINTEREST FOR THE LATEST GLOBAL TRENDS AND OUR CURRENT FAVES

On the home front, the featured ‘Chapter House’ shows us how the past and present coexist in this reimagined, elegant and sentimental home. Our styling team focused on mixing contemporary lines with classic and vintage styles, aligned to the story of the home itself. We also step inside my very own weekender and fave place to get away with my family, located in the coastal town of Anglesea, showing you how to make-over a home with cosmetic updates alone. We hope it inspires you to plan a Winter weekend escape or cosy up your own home. This issue, we’ve curated a collection of gifts to spoil mum, yourself or that special someone this Mother’s Day. From the kitchen to the bedroom we’ve got colourful martini glasses, statement crystal accessories, luxe velvet cushions and an expressive collection of Australian art and sculpture to indulge the amazing women in our lives. Talking Art, we take a tour of the new Fenton & Fenton Gallery – a place for selfexpression, contemporary thinking and expertly curated exhibitions and art events. With new exhibitions every few weeks, get set for art, art and more art! We hope that these pages and our latest arrivals of furniture, artwork and decorative accents help you curate a space or home that has you ready for more time spent indoors with family and friends.

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PAST & PRESENT TAKE THE TOUR: Light, bright, cosy and grown-up, we love Chapter House - a thoughtful and modern renovation of a childhood home turned into a forever home. Stepping inside this meticulously made-over family home in Melbourne’s Carlton North, we love how Mietta Walsh has respectfully renewed the home in such a way that it balances the old and the new so thoughtfully. This became our brief and platform for the furniture, artwork and accents we introduced.

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Featured: Louie Chair in Moss Rachael Hack The Jellies Series Checkerboard Dhurrie in Pepper

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Recreating nostalgia I N T E R V I E W W I T H M I E T TA W A L S H

The cultural zeitgeist that surrounds a ‘throwback’ needs no explanation really, it’s ingrained in our daily lexicon. We want to re-live those magic moments, but we want to make them now too (hello #tbt). Perhaps it’s because when old meets new we play in a space that embodies nostalgia, while creating room for a fresh horizon. It’s not a bad place to be. For Mietta Walsh breathing new life into sentimentality comes in the form of her childhood home, “I was born in the home I live in now with my husband and two boys. Mum passed away 8 years ago, and my father suggested we raise our sons here. It felt right,” says Mietta.

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“ I was born in the home I live in now with my husband and two boys. Mum passed away 8 years ago, and my father suggested we raise our sons here. It felt right,” says Mietta

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We wanted to renovate but we were conscious of honouring the architectural history of the house, so it was important to bring on board someone we trusted. We worked with Tom Robertson Architects – Tom is a dear friend – who made the experience great. The process was easy. Tom clearly understood our brief and vision and kept us informed, but just ran with it. Dad got to see the renovation too, before he passed away, and that warms my heart.” The double-fronted Victorian terrace in Carlton North retains its old-world charm with the original façade along with ornate rose-adorned ceilings and a marble fireplace, “The brief to Tom was to keep it clean, light and simple. The back of the house is completely new, and some parts have been revamped, like my childhood bedroom which is now an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.” “We added skylights and chose a black, white and marble base colour palette so that we could inject our own flavour through furniture and décor.” To create depth to the pared back space, Mietta worked with the Fenton & Fenton interior styling team to realise her aesthetic vision, “I wanted the interior design to be inviting and create warmth and I was really happy with the direction the team took. I just want to sit in this space they’ve created! After the last two years we’ve had, spending so much time at home, it really makes you appreciate your surroundings.”

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Set the mood for Autumn with decorative accents, layers, artwork and tactile accessories. The interior styling balances yin and yang energy through a mixed palette of pink and green for the furniture, and deeper colours like blue and aqua are accentuated through décor, “They used so many pieces and it amazes me how it doesn’t overwhelm, the team created openness even with such a rich colour palette.” The styling team focused on mixing pop décor with classic and vintage styles for the main furniture pieces to create balance from the entrance hall right through to the outdoor deck, “They created a library just through styling which blew me away, and I feel like overall, every time I look at the space, I experience something differently, or see something new. I remember Carrie Bradshaw once said she was cheating on fashion with homewares, and now I know exactly how she feels!”

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COLOUR ME HAPPY

Channel a modern Australian style with an energising yet calming palette of pink, tan and accents of magenta

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STYLE SECRETS Style your home for Autumn and create a home you love.

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6 WAYS TO UPLIFT YOUR HOME THIS AUTUMN As the weather turns cooler and the days get shorter, Fenton & Fenton is ready for long lazy sleep-ins, fireside chats and Autumn entertaining. Our latest arrivals of leather furniture, upholstered occasional chairs, checkerboard dhurries, curved bone inlay pieces, colourful accents and artwork will help you transform your space and ready you for time indoors with family and friends.

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L AY E R I T U P A well layered home is comfy and inviting. Inject personality and warmth with vintage finds, plant life, and groupings of warm colour, rich texture and elegant shapes.

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3 P L AY A R O U N D W I T H T O N A L VA R I AT I O N S Tickle me pink. These shades not only pair perfectly with timber, leather, marble and brass; they ooze warmth and embrace the concept of slow living.

5 SET THE MOOD WITH LIGHTING Introduce ambient and intimate lighting with table and floor lamps on surfaces and in little nooks. And, don’t forget candlelight for cosy nights in.

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E N E R G I S E A S O P H I S T I C AT E D PA L E T T E W I T H PAT T E R N S A N D A R T W O R K T H AT P O P Think classic checkerboard, bold colours and patterns, expressive artwork and statement lighting and accessories to bring charismatic flair to your home.

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P I C K A PA L E T T E T H AT USES DIFFERENT SHADES FROM WITHIN THE TONAL F A M I LY A tonal palette constructs a look that is cohesive, welcoming and not cluttered. In Mietta’s home, accents of green make her home sing.

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“...we focused on mixing contemporary lines with classic and vintage styles, aligned to the story of the home itself. Choosing a palette that was naturally bright and well considered to breathe new life into this family home.”

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INSIDER INFLUENCE Designer advice and inside trends by those leading the way.

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WITH ARCHITECT TOM ROBERTSON

A contemporary reimagining of a classic Victorian terrace.

We were given a clear pragmatic brief that detailed

In a sympathetic restoration of Mietta Walsh’s

We went through a rigorous process to test spatial

beloved family home, Tom Robertson Architects

configuration and the potential opportunities and

thoughtfully distinguished the old from the new by

restraints of the site. The new extension is distinctly

honouring the ornate features of the original dwelling

contemporary, minimal in form and finishes. The

while updating elements to invite natural light and

restrained palette is calming. One of the strongest

create room for expansion. We sat with Tom to chat

features is the delicate relationship between old and

about his team’s approach to reimagining the space

new, and, how they appear not to touch. Separated

beyond the façade of the heritage building.

by an oversized skylight, the rich textures of existing

Tell us about your approach with contemporary restoration for historic buildings.

Recently, we have been involved in many projects which incorporate both a restoration of original heritage building and contemporary extension. Typically, our approach is to clearly delineate between the two elements, where the new contemporary addition is generally sympathetic of original form. This can be achieved by using, colour, material texture or scale. Often, we like to celebrate the threshold between the two architectures.

the size and number of rooms along with the vision.

house can be experienced from many angles. What made this project stand out?

The strength of this project is in its simplicity and legibility. The new addition is a well curated series of spaces, all beautifully light filled, and grounded in functionality. Despite being relatively large in scale, the addition is respectful of the original building and all its history. What practical advice would you give someone embarking on the renovation of an old building?

For projects of this nature, we steer away from Tell us about the ideation process with Mietta Walsh.

replicating the heritage architecture. Instead, we

This property has more personal significance than

provide a confident addition so that the existing

we have ever experienced from a client, given the

elements are able to retain their original value.

backstory. We wanted to capture the historic value of

In terms of advice, we always remind our clients

the existing house, and all the memories that were so

to expect the unexpected and of course engage a

treasured by Mietta.

great architect!

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INSIDE LUCY FENTON’S

WEEK ENDER A warm getaway for even the coldest days, we head to Anglesea, Victoria to see where Lucy Fenton spends her weekends.

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For Lucy Fenton, owner of Fenton&Fenton, escaping to her seaside weekender in Anglesea is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s city life. BY LAURA BARRY

Lucy Fenton and her family have been holidaying in the coastal town of Anglesea for more than 10 years, but it was only last year that they managed to snag a sensational weekender of their own. “We love the beaches! We often go for a long walk in the morning and explore the rockpools, then head back down in the afternoon for a swim and surf,” says Lucy. Located just an hour-and-a-half from Melbourne, Anglesea is the perfect place for a quick getaway, but it was the character of the home that won her over. “I love the high ceilings, exposed beams, timber panelling and exposed bricks,” says Lucy. “We knew we could make it into something that was unique.”

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CURATED “Lucy created a retro beach house that’s bold, eclectic, and colourful – an aesthetic that reflects the personality of their family.”

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Taking inspiration from the 80’s era

coastal twist. “There are lots of warm and

architecture of the property, Lucy created

earthy tones in the house, such as the original

a retro beach house that’s bold, eclectic,

brown tiles in the kitchen, the cork floor and

and colourful – an aesthetic that reflects the

timber panelling, so I incorporated lots of

personality of their family. Old carpet was

colour and texture throughout the interiors

removed and replaced, and the home was

to soften the original features of the house,”

painted inside and out in hues influenced

says Lucy of the colour scheme, much of

by eighties trends, but with a contemporary

which is echoed in her choice of artworks.

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“I love to mix and match styles in my interiors,

open fireplace is positioned at the front of

but I also want it to feel cohesive. In some

the home, a sight that Lucy says makes her

instances, I already had the art and selected

want to “light the fire and chill” as soon as she

furniture with it in mind, and sometimes it was

enters the home, while the light and bright

the other way around.”

rear living space opens on to the deck. “In the warmer months we entertain there, and

To achieve a low-maintenance and relaxed

the kids can run amok - it really is set up to

vibe, Lucy chose fabrics, furniture and finishes

escape our day-to-day life in Melbourne.

that have a casual feel but are hard-wearing.

We made sure we have lots of comfortable

“I gravitated towards rattan furniture, leather

furniture and plenty of different nooks where

chairs, velvet cushions, linen sheets and

you can escape, read a book, sit in the sun,

timber tables, and the combination of different

or have a glass of wine,” says Lucy. “In the

textures gives it a layered, lived-in feel,”

short time we’ve had it, it’s already bought us

explains Lucy. “We also used outdoor fabrics

so much happiness. It’s a labour of love and

on some of the indoor furniture so it can be

keeping us busy, but we love it.”

easily washed - we entertain a lot, so this is super important for us,” she adds.

The Sundowner Anglesea will soon be

Indeed, this luxurious weekender is an

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entertainer’s paradise with the bedrooms and private quarters tucked safely away upstairs, while the downstairs floor plan is all about living and dining. The cosy lounge with an

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SUNDOWNER READY Warm hues with pops of blue inspiring happy hour every hour. @THE_SUNDOWNER_ANGLESEA

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GIFTS A stylist’s guide to gifting.

With the start of May dedicated to Mother’s Day, we reached out to stylist Bea Lambos to curate a stylist’s guide to gifting. Here are some of our top tips to share the love around.

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IT’S THE LITTLE LUXURIES Give the bedroom or any room in the house a refresh with statement accessories, colourful artwork and fun accents to inject some personality. Our bedroom go-to’s for a quick style fix include sculptures, artwork, cushions, vases and bedside tables.

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BEDROOM WITH STYLE Everyone wants to stay in bed and have a lie-in, especially busy mums. To elevate the bedroom space, think of stirring every sense – fragrance through candles and fresh blooms, beautiful textures with linen sheets and luscious wool throws, and a feast for the eyes with art and sculptural pieces on the bedside, shelf or mantle. Tip: when it comes to the bedroom, it’s all about adding texture. From cushions and throws, to rugs and textured vases – layer up and you’ll create a cosy sanctuary.

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ON A SHELF It’s a little-known fact that shelves are perfect for giving treasured mementos somewhere to sit. Mix glass and ceramics with keepsakes, as well as small pieces of art or lighting to have on display night and day! Our hot tip is to mix old with new, and a thread of colour can be the easiest way to make this ‘new friendship’ work.

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ARTWORK & ACCENTS THAT MAKE A STATEMENT

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WALL TO WALL LOVING If it were up to us, every wall would be a gallery wall. The pure joy of pieces hanging side by side is unique in every home and never goes out of fashion. Tip: Don’t forget to think outside the square too – sculptures, plates, together with framed photos and memories, complete the scene.

Helen McCullagh - Magnolia and Parrot Tulips Artwork $990 Vintage Glassware available in store only Louise Kyriakou Face Art $tbc Georgia McFarland - Poolside #20 Artwork $1,100 Stefania Boemi - Galatea Head Vase in Indigo with Gold Stripe $2,600 Amanda Dziedzic Yumemiru - Green $190 F O L L O W | S TA L K | L I K E | S I G N U P # L I V I N G W I T H F E N T O N

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TIP Consider creating a nook with a comfy armchair, a place to keep books, a statement cushion or ottoman to rest the feet and relax.

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TELL A WELL TRAVELLED STORY Where art and travel collide - our featured book collection is the perfect gift to spoil Mum and plan that much needed getaway.

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HAPPY HOUR Let summer linger with this fabulous Watermelon Punch cocktail recipe BY JESS NGUYEN

A funky and retro crowd pleasing cocktail for your next party in partnership with Jess Nguyen featuring our latest bar cart and homewares to match. Use a whole watermelon carving out all the flesh to turn into juice and prep the outer shell to turn into a giant bowl in which to serve the punch in. See over for the full recipe.

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CURATED “Add your favourite Four Pillars gin, pour in your StrangeLove tonic and throw in fresh mint and you have a beautiful party cocktail that guests can serve themselves.”

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RECIPE

WATERMELON PUNCH Method 1. Slice off the bottom of your watermelon approx 3cm deep so that you have a flat bottom on your watermelon and it can stand upright without tipping over. 2. Then cut a lid at the top of the watermelon approx 1/3 of the height.

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3. Begin scooping out the flesh inside the watermelon and place the flesh into a bowl until you’ve reached about 5cm deep. Then stick an immersion blender into the inside of the watermelon and begin blending. 4. Ladle and strain out the juice into a bowl. 5. Repeat the process by continuing to scoop the flesh with a spoon until you hit white rind of the watermelon. 6. Scoop the flesh from the lid and place into the watermelon to blend and strain as well. 7. Once all the flesh has been scooped out and strained out of the watermelon, strain back in approx 4 litres of the juice back in (approximately 2/3 of the way up). You should have nearly 2 litres left of juice which you can place into a jug for mocktails. 8. Then pour in at least half of your bottle of gin, the tonic water, juice of the limes, hand torn mint and then handfuls of ice into the watermelon. Stir with a ladle to chill down. Taste and add more of what you wish to your liking. 9. Ladle the punch into glasses filled with ice and enjoy!

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O U R L AT E S T SPACE

The Fenton & Fenton Gallery has been created to extend upon our dynamic and diverse artwork offering and become a hub for a growing community of like-minded creatives and artists. A place for self-expression, contemporary thinking and expertly curated exhibitions and art events.

The Gallery 489 HIGH ST PRAHRAN VIC 3181

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COLOUR, TEXTURE, FORM AND FIGURE. B R I N G I N G M O D E R N TA L E N T T O Y O U R W A L L S .

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Upcoming exhibitions 28 APRIL – 0 8 M AY

09 JUNE – 19 JUNE

MYSTIC MUSES Group exhibition with Arite Kannavos, Aylsa McHugh, Renee Broders at The Gallery

Joint exhibition with Nicole Nelius and Charlie Bennell at The Gallery

1 2 M AY – 2 2 M AY

A Time and a Place Solo Exhibition by Daniel Bean at The Gallery

2 6 M AY – 05 JUNE

THE DREAMER Solo Exhibition by Michael Bond at Prahran Showroom

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SHOWROOM

GALLERY

471 High Street, Prahran, VIC 3181

489 High Street, Prahran VIC 3181

Monday - Friday 10am to 5.30pm

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm ‘when exhibiting’

Saturday & Sunday 10am to 5.00pm

2 1 J U LY – 3 1 J U LY

04 AUGUST – 15 AUGUST

Solo Exhibition by Nunzio Miano at The Gallery

Rising Talent exhibition at The Gallery

15 SEPTEMBER – 25 SEPTEMBER

Solo exhibition by Kristen Daniels at The Gallery

6 OCTOBER – 16 OCTOBER

Llewellyn Skye at Prahran Showroom

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Meet our Gallery expert. ALEX RAMSDALE Originally from Auckland, New Zealand Alex Ramsdale, our resident Gallery Manager and art expert, spent four years working and living in London, UK, before putting down roots in Melbourne, where she has devoted her time representing artists and furthering her appreciation and understanding of art in the retail/commercial space. We are lucky to have her onboard to guide the direction and curation of our shows in our new Gallery Space. Tell me a little about your background and how you landed the role as Gallery Manager at Fenton & Fenton? I came to work for Fenton & Fenton in 2019 after returning to Melbourne post a stint living abroad. I had been working at Tate Galleries in London as a retail manager for their exhibition shops and helped set up the high-end shop Tate Edit. Here we sold furniture and lighting by Jasper Morrison, alongside limited edition prints and other small homewares. Fenton & Fenton was a natural progression. The playful and bold use of colour and pattern, as well as the opportunity to represent and sell the work of the many extremely talented Australian artists really excited me. I initially started as store manager, and then in 2021 when Lucy decided to open The Gallery, we both knew this was the dream job for me. And, here I am living out that dream each day.

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What do you look for when selecting artists to represent? I look for uniqueness. It’s great seeing work by artists and thinking ‘I’ve never seen that before’. There should be a distinct style in the artwork that makes you recognise it almost immediately. Other attributes can include an interesting use of colour, finesse in the composition or technique, and continuation of practice. Tell us a little about your personal art journey and practice? I remember being recognised as a good painter at a very young age and continued to adore art making throughout my school career. After completing a Postgraduate Bachelor of Visual Arts at AUT in Auckland I held a solo exhibition of paintings and drawings at Sanderson Gallery. I then moved to Melbourne soon after this. I lived in Melbourne for just over a year and continued to paint and draw but did not pursue it as a career quite as wholeheartedly. My practice, when I make time for it, mainly consists of abstract oil painting inspired by nature and neo-impressionist pointillism. It is

Who’s work are you coveting right now?

also colourful and fun.

It is hard to say – with each exhibition passing I always find a

When I moved to London I relished working

piece that I want to take home with me!

at Tate Gallery and visited every exhibition

Isobel Rayson’s recent artworks are exceptional. I’ve also

I could, as well as many exhibitions held at

always loved Silvia Rotundo, Cate Maddy and Maryanne

some of my other favourite institutions: The

Moodie’s artworks too.

V&A, Serpentine, Hayward Gallery, Courtauld

I am also coveting one of the Rising Talent finalist’s work –

and the many other commercial galleries.

Miranda Reilly. I’m very excited to see what she will produce.

It was here that I identified a purpose to my life: To increase the public’s enjoyment and

What have we got to look forward to at the Fenton & Fenton

understanding of art. My personal focus now

Gallery this year?

is to support our artists, and to increase the

An exciting schedule of exhibitions involving some new and

understanding and enjoyment of their art.

our beloved Fenton & Fenton artists, with workshops such as weaving basics held by Maryanne Moodie.

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SAME STREET - NOW EXHIBITING

An exhibition showcasing art created by Liam Murphy & Melanie Macilwain, created in the same street Same Street’ by Liam Murphy and Melanie Macilwain / 7 - 18 April Now Exhibiting at Fenton & Fenton 471 High Street Prahran

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Beyond the canvas, a small-town street became the bridge between a shared human experience for artists Melanie Macilwain and Liam Murphy. What started as a neighbourly interaction has become a meaningful point of community and connection for the pair who share a signature form of expression – line art. While their paintings distinctly differ in stylistic rhythm, they align in essence as both artists approach their work from a place of humility and play.

I looked to Henri Matisse for inspiration, and this is my

“I was excited when Liam came up with the idea to exhibit

ode to his collage The Snail. Matisse was restricted in

together. There’s polarity in our work even though we use

his work and created The Snail while bedridden. I

the same element of design and it felt like a complimentary

t was a gentle reminder to experience a moment in my

pairing,” says Melanie of their upcoming exhibition Same

life for what it is, without focusing on what I couldn’t

Street which runs at the Fenton & Fenton Gallery in Prahran

do, and leaning into what I could. Life is about ups

from 7 – 18 April.

and downs and accepting this flow was empowering

The artists will showcase their own bodies of work, where

for me.”

Melanie explores a moveable feast of bold, block colours and continuous line, while Liam’s work takes a turn into

With his kids back on campus – after two years of

new terrain. “I’ve gone off the beaten track and it led me to

home schooling – Liam channelled his energy into a

altering my palette and working with different pastels. You

different kind of play, “It was a shock to the senses,

still get a strong sense that it’s my work, because despite a

all the quiet time, so I had to re-adapt my flow and you

shift in many of the colours, I can’t seem to finish a painting

can see it in the work,” says Liam.

without having pink in it,” muses Liam.

“I let go and I enjoyed the process, it was a happy

The artists have bonded over one of life’s great equalisers:

state of uninterrupted creation for the first time in a

children. For Melanie, a difficult second pregnancy with

long time. While the kids are onto new horizons in

several trips to the ER led to revaluating her approach to

their school life, I went back to basics to discover a

accommodate for restricted body movement. “I focused

fresh horizon for myself.”

on three elements of line design, where a snake meets

Same Street is about connection even when our

itself on a plain background. Within the curved, continuous

daily lives are untethered from each other, when life

lines are simple blocks of colour.

operates as it normally does.

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