Fiona Halse
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Fiona Halse has been a practising artist for over twenty years since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art at Monash University. Halse has been accepted into major art prizes such as Tidal 18 (Devonport Art Gallery), Fishers Ghost Art Prize,  St Kevin's Art Show, Metro Art Award, Greenway Art Prize, MPRG National Works on Paper, Stanthorpe Art Prize and Prometheus Art Prize. She has been recognised for her art through an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant, Ella Donald Memorial Scholarship and two drawing awards at Monash University. Her work has been informed by arts residencies at Point B (New York) and Can Serrat International Arts Centre (Spain),  Institut für Alles Mögliche (Berlin), Fellini Gallery art residency ( Berlin) and learning opportunities at The New York Studio School's Drawing Marathon and Kathy Carracio's studio ( New York). 

Fiona Halse has been a sessional Visual Arts Lecturer for Latrobe University for over five years ( masters and undergraduate). Halse had a sessional lecturing role at Deakin University and she has worked as a Lead Artist for Arts Access Victoria. She is currently represented by West End Art Space ( Melbourne, Victoria, Australia).


My work seeks to convey a  personal space and I am interested in capturing intrinsic form that relates to the existential. I often utilise Tachist, affective approaches that can connect to substructures and drawing principles.  Forms that I create are architectonic, but informal accidents and textures are often found with scaffolded lines.  These architectural linear based forms could allude to human skeletal structures or deep resonant feeling. I am interested in open spaces where figurative forms are alluded to but not described and utilises Klee’s Endotopic and Exotopic fluid space. I often use a colour that creates harmony and can build illusionism and depth. I seek to create abstract work that is not just creating form through push and pull tensions on the flat picture plane, but embraces the contrast of ambiguity and structure to create open felt passages.

Abstraction provides me with direct forms that can connect to the primal, subconscious and unconscious. I am interested in how this form can be captured through touch and I often use collage to assemble material with the hand and physically build space.  My work is metaphorically associated with the human figure. I am interested in Poiesis and a bringing forth of metaphorical forms that are connected with memory, feeling or percepts.  These forms are not images, but feeling assembled and space is translated through the materials. Structures, rhythms and tensions emerge when the construction of the work is linked with Praxis and affective understanding of drawing principles.  I am interested in how Poiesis and metaphoric form can be activated through Praxis - this to me captures the visceral.

Recent Paintings

Other Paintings

Works on Paper

Studio view of work

Installation of art within buildings and homes

Of Colour and Light:Victorian Women Abstract Artists, 2018 (Group Exhibition)

Factory 49, 2018  ( Solo Exhibition)

Abstraction Twenty Eighteen, 2018 ( Group Exhibition)

West End Art Space, Allegory of Spring  2017 ( Solo Exhibition)

Stephen McLaughlan Gallery,  'Empathy - Large Abstract Paintings', 2017 ( Group Exhibition)

Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, 2017 ( Solo Exhibition)

Stephen Mc Laughlan Gallery, 2010 ( Solo Exhibition)

Stephen Mc Laughlan Gallery, 2009, 'Abstraction' ( Group Exhibition)

PointB and Kathy Caraccio Studio,  New York, 2010 (Residency)  

Can Serrat International Art Centre, Spain,  2006 ( Residency)

Institut Für Alles Mögliche (I-A-M) and Fellini Gallery, Berlin,  2016 ( Residency)

Early Abstract Work

Sleeping Virgins

Early Drawings