Josh Foley

Underground, 2016

oil & acrylic on linen

168 x 183cm

From the artist

This painting depicts an amalgamation of experiences underground in Tasmania in an abandoned mine shaft outside Queenstown and the caves at Mole Creek. These are claustrophobic spaces, which have little or no sunlight. The painting hovers between pictorial realities – the flow of the physical world, which is a communion between gravity, the breaking down and building up of substances, dripping mineral rich water and environmental factors such as fog, mud, water, wind, smoke and fire.

Artist background

Born Launceston 1983 where he currently lives and works. Exhibiting since 2002 including at Sawtooth ARI Launceston, Devonport Regional Gallery & Constance ARI Hobart 2014; Outward Project Launceston 2013. Winner of the Tasmanian Art Award 2014 & Glover Prize 2011. Finalist in RACT Portraiture Prize 2010. Work held in Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery; Monash University and State Library of Victoria collections.

Represented by Despard Gallery, Hobart