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| November 1 – 29 |

Five Walls is pleased to present Breath, a solo exhibition of works by Brett Colquhoun.

Breath depicts five works, landscapes viewed through a window. With hazy blurred central areas conveying the effect of warm breath on glass, these images express a human presence or sign of life. This effect is achieved by rubbing back or erasing the image so that, as the breath appears more distinct the scene behind becomes darker. The landscape closes in as the breath appears. The negative space of the breath on the landscape has a positive breath form on an accompanying page. The breath becomes an object, the depiction of the idea.

Brett Colquhoun has a distinguished exhibiting history, having been part of the pivotal Australian institutions Art Projects, Gertrude Street and Pinacotheca. Since 1982 Colquhoun has regularly exhibited paintings, holding numerous solo shows at Sutton Gallery, Melbourne. Recent group exhibitions include: Trams: Moving Pictures, The Old Treasury Building, Melbourne, 2012; Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 2011; Pulp, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2010; MELBOURNE><BRISBANE: punk/art/music, then and now, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2010, and The Shilo Project, curated by Chris McAuliffe, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne and Wangaratta Art Gallery, Victoria, 2009. He has also participated in many major exhibitions, including Phenomena New Painting in Australia: 1, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2001; 1st Adelaide Biennial, Art Gallery of South Australia, 1990; and Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1983. In 2007, 2009 and 2011 Colquhoun was a finalist in the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria. In 2004, 2010 and 2012 he was a finalist in the Geelong Art Prize. His work is held in several public collections including the City of Melbourne, Monash University Collection, National Gallery of Australia and Queensland Art Gallery.