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‘MELBOURNE NO MORE’ ROBERT VANDERHOPE Retrospective exhibition at The F Project Gallery

20 September 2017 @ 10:00 am - 15 October 2017 @ 5:00 pm


Retrospective exhibition at The F Project Gallery by ROBERT VANDERHOPE


Exhibition Dates:             Wednesday 20 September – Sunday 15 October 2017

Opening Launch:              6pm, Friday 22 September 2017

The F Project Gallery is excited to announce a retrospective exhibition of paintings and drawings by established artist Robert Vanderhope entitled ‘Melbourne No More’. Running from 20th September to 15th October, this is a chance to see art from one of The F Project’s studio tenants.


The works span four decades of life away from his original homeland of inner city Melbourne and The Dandenongs. Illustrating a sense of place, they describe a connection to past stories, locations and pictures in Vanderhope’s imagination. In them he explores his own form of Australian expressionism, which has been guided by the sole principle that “art is what happens at the end of the brush when it meets the canvas.” A definition originally coined by his old friend, fellow artist Ken Whisson.


From 1988-1994, Robert was featured in exhibitions at Warrnambool’s Splash Studios and he contributed to several group shows at Roar 2 Gallery in Fitzroy. During the same period, he was asked to present talks on contemporary art to Deakin Fine Art students. In c1990, he had a solo exhibition at the Alan Lane Gallery, Warrnambool Art Gallery and in 1994 his work was selected in a survey of local artists at the gallery, which represented contemporary art practice in the South West. Robert Vanderhope’s most recent exhibition was held at The Loft Gallery in 2012.


ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “I hated Art at school – it was the subject I always failed. I detested drawing and resented having to produce anything at all until I found Camille Pissarro in a Time Magazine colour centrefold in about 1957 – it blew my mind. I subsequently taught myself impressionism and sold my first painting titled ‘Anemones’ in the Herald Outdoor Art exhibition c1958. Following a period of forced academia in order to gain a scholarship, I dropped out of university and life in general. At around this time, a friend took me to visit Ken Whisson at his Deakin Street studio in St Kilda. It became a weekly ritual for me; I was impressed by his indefatigable will. He was a serious painter and didn’t care what anyone thought of him or his art and he was fiercely political. When Ken moved to Italy in 1977, I started painting again and welcomed the Whisson influence in my work – it almost felt like a responsibility. I continued to paint and communicate with Ken during this time and our friendship has now spanned nearly 60 years. I paint what I paint because it needs to be done, and that’s about it.”


20 September 2017 @ 10:00 am
15 October 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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224 Timor St, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia

‘MELBOURNE NO MORE’ ROBERT VANDERHOPE Retrospective exhibition at The F Project Gallery

224 Timor St, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia