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‘Surprise’ at Brisbane Powerhouse

Townley at the Brisbane Powerhouse

Lincoln Townley will be exhibiting his entire Surprise Collection and portraits of Sir Michael Caine form his Icons Collection between August and October 2017 at the Brisbane Powerhouse, one of Australia’s leading arts and cultural venues. The exhibition will also include a biographical film, which tells the remarkable story of Townley’s journey to becoming one of the world’s leading contemporary artists.

The Powerhouse was built between 1928 and 1940 and supplied electricity for the largest tram network in the Southern hemisphere until it was decommissioned in 1971. After years of decay, it was rescued from demolition and now holds over 1200 artistic performances and events a year. An outstanding example of art deco industrial design, the scale of the building and the brick and metallic interiors serve as a perfect backdrop for Townley’s work.

Lee Steer MD of the Red Sea Gallery in Brisbane said, “As soon as I saw Townley’s work, I had to find out more about this extraordinary artist. There is no contemporary artist I know whose paintings have the raw, visceral power of Townley’s work and I’m delighted that he has agreed to hold this exhibition which showcases the two major strands of his work, the original oils and Icons.”

The Surprise Collection, Townley’s most recent work, is a series of visceral, impressionistic paintings about how those who thrive on surprise can transform the indiscriminate violence of random events and the turbulence of the unconscious mind, into wealth, power and status. It is this persistence in the face of uncertainty that defines Townley’s Icons and it is especially true of Sir Michael Caine who has been nominated for an Academy Award every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s. Sir Michael described Townley as “the next Andy Warhol” and it’s fitting that the Surprise Collection and portraits of an Icon that Townley considers to be the finest actor of his generation, should form part of the same exhibition.