Louise Forthun


1959 Australian


1993 to Lecturer in painting and drawing, RMIT, VCA
2000 and Monash University


2000 MA Fine Art (Painting), RMIT University, Melbourne.
1987 Graduate Diploma (Painting), Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.
1982 BA Fine Art (Painting), RMIT University, Melbourne.


Solo Exhibitions
2012 Local Colour, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney
2010 Urbania, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney
2008 Shadowlands, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney
2007 Town Paintings, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane
2005 Paintings, Heiser Gallery, Brisbane
2004 Paintings, Gow Langsford Gallery, Sydney
2004 Metropolitan Flora, Horti Hall Gallery, Melbourne
2004 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
2000 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
1998 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
1996 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
1994 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
1992 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
1990 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
1987 George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne
1985 Pinacotheca, Melbourne.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 The Shilo Project, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne
2009 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery (also finalist in 2007/2005/2003)
2008 UP, What Height Melbourne?, City Gallery, Melbourne Town Hall
2008 Primary Views, Artists curate the Monash University Collection, MUMA
2007 Auckland Art Fair, NZ with Boutwell Draper Gallery,
2006 Australia - ‘micro macro city’ venue: Pavilion at Giardini Biennial of Architecture, Venice 2006. 10th International Biennale - Australian Pavilion
2006 Fletcher Jones Art Prize-Geelong Gallery.
2006 Multiplicity-Victorian Tapestry Workshop.
2005 ‘Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize’, Bendigo Art Gallery.
2004 ‘Imants Tillers John Nixon Louise Forthun’, Multiple Box Sydney.
2003 ‘Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize’, Bendigo Art Gallery.
2002 ‘Good Vibrations: The Legacy of Op Art in Australia’, Heide MOMA, Melbourne.
‘Spitting and Biting’, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne.
‘2000 National Works on Paper’, Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery.
‘Celebrating the Exquisite Corpse’, Bendigo Art Gallery & Regional Art Gallery tour.
1999 ‘Gendai’, Glen Eira City Gallery, Melbourne.
1998 ‘Yoin-Reverberations between Australia and Japan’, Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo.
& RMIT University Storey Hall Gallery, Melbourne.
‘Graphic’, Monash University.
1997 ‘Fragments-Relation’, Gallery Lunami, Tokyo.
'Screen', Monash University Gallery.
'Deacons, Graham & James/Arts 21 Award', University of Melbourne.
1996 'Metroscape II', Storey Hall, RMIT University.
'Deacons, Graham & James/Arts 21 Award', Ian Potter, University of Melbourne.
'Geelong Art Prize', Geelong Art Gallery.
'Doug Moran Portrait Prize', National Gallery of Victoria & national tour.
1996/5 'Vibration', Beijing, Hanoi, Seoul & Melbourne arranged by Asialink & the AGWA.
1995 'Alice Prize', Alice Springs Northern Territory.
1994 'The McCaughey Prize', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
1993 'The Moet & Chandon Travelling Fellowship Exhibition', Australian state tour.
1992 'The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art', Adelaide Art Gallery;
'The Moet & Chandon Travelling Exhibition', Australian state tour.
1990 'The Moet & Chandon Travelling Fellowship Exhibition', Australian state tour.
'Witness ', a travelling exhibition curated by Kevin Murray, Melbourne, Hobart,
Sydney & Canberra.
'Scotchman’s Hill Vineyard Art Prize,' Geelong Art Gallery.
1989 ‘The Moet & Chandon Travelling Fellowship Exhibition’, Australian state tour.


Baillieu Myer Collection
Ballarat Art Gallery
Bendigo Art Gallery
Benalla Art Gallery
BHP Billition Collection
City of Melbourne
CRA Collection
Deakin University
Heide MOMA
La Trobe University
Lyon Housemuseum
Monash University
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
Queensland Art Gallery
RACV Collection
State Library of Victoria
Private Collections


2009 Commissioned to create a 12.6 metre wall painting
for Lyons architecture office
2007 Arts Projects grant – City of Melbourne
2004 Rome Studio at the British School of Rome, Australia Council grant.
2003 City of Melbourne Arts Grant.
2001 Creation of New Work Grant, Arts Victoria.
1998 ‘Sydney 2,000 Olympics’ a limited edition artist print.
1995 Arts & Cultural Development Project Grant, Arts Vic.
1991 Tokyo Studio, VACB.


Webb, Penny, The Age, M, Visual Arts, Nov 11, 2007.
Leon van Schaik, DESIGN CITY, MELBOURNE, pub. John Wiley & Sons Ltd England 2006.
Tracey Clement, Sydney Morning Herald, Critics Pick, Louise Forthun, Metro Oct 8-14, 2004, p27.
Penny Webb, The Age, ‘Spatial Illusion of Forthun’s vibrant hues’, A3, June 29, 2004, p8.
Ashley Crawford, The Age, ‘The city, in fluid detail’, April 9, 2004, The Age Review p 7.
Penny Webb, The Age, ‘Sightlines: Forthun’s spectral city’ A3, May 7, p8.
Kirsten Rann, Imprint, Autumn 2003 Vol 38/No 1, Viridian Press: Forthun, Tillers & Tomescu
Katherine McDonald, Art & Australia, vol 40/2, summer 2002, ‘Art Market’, p298.
My Thuat (Fine Arts Today), Hanoi, Vietnam, August, 2000.
Robert Nelson, The Age, ‘Marks of Tribalism’ October, 11, 2000, Today Review p7.
Ashley Crawford, Monument, ‘urban abstract’, February, 2000, p30.
Ashley Crawford, The Age, ‘Abstract slant on road maps’, March 29, 2000.
Leon van Schaik, Photofile, ‘Terrain Vague a Melbourne reflection on sites of abandonment’, Oct 1999, p22.
Arturo Silva, The Japan Times, ‘Freeze frames and blank expressions’, p 13, Feb 15, 1998.
Lauren Martin, Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Eight who have designs on city’, Nov 21, 1997.
Joanne Rogers, Daily Telegraph, ‘Artists for the Olympic frames’, Nov 21, 1997.
Arkitekturtidsskrift B 'Imaginary Australia', Arhus Denmark, No. 52/53, 1996.
Robyn McKenzie, The Age, Nov 6,1996.
Jan Bryant, aedon, 'Seductive Surfaces, Pulsating Depths', Melbourne University, Nov 1996.
Jan Bryant, Artworks, Oct 1996.
Chris Boyd, The Big Issue, 'Louise Forthun, Works on Linen', No 12, 9-29 December, 1996.
Mark Pennings, Metroscape II catalogue, June 1996.
Seva Frangos & Margaret Moore, Vibration catalogue, The Asialink Centre, 1995.
Alan & Susan McCulloch (eds), The Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Allen & Unwin, NSW, 1994.
Robert Rooney, The Australian, April 23, 1994.
Christopher Heathcote, The Age, April 20, 1994.
Susan McCulloch, Herald-Sun, April 27, 1994.
Dominique Hecq, Tolarno Galleries cat, May 1, 1994.
Julie Ewington, Adelaide Biennale cat. 1992.
Stephanie Radok,Artlink, vol 12, no 1, 1992.
Jo Saurin, Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 8, 1991.
Kevin Murray, Witness cat, 1990.
Jenny Zimmer, Sunday Herald, Feb 18, 1990.
Jenny Zimmer, 'Sunday Herald ', April 22, 1990.
Gary Catalano, The Age, May 2, 1990.
Ronald Miller, 'The Herald', May 2, 1990.
Ronald Miller, The Herald, June 6, 1990.
Andrew Seward, Agenda, 13/14 Oct, 1990.
Sasha Grishin, 'Canberra Times', Nov 18, 1990.
Jenny Zimmer, Sunday Herald, Dec 2, 1990.
Jonah Jones, Vogue , April, 1989.
Jenny Zimmer, Sunday Herald Nov 13, 1989.
Robert Rooney, 'The Australian' , Sept, 1989.
Kevin Murray, Transition, RMIT, Department of Architecture, Summer, 1987