My Labyrinth

The labyrinth, a site of mystery, confusion, even desire, is ultimately a challenge to either traverse or experience inwardly

Together, Andrew Browne’s new paintings have a puzzling quality – their labyrinth tangles might function as a metaphor for life’s journey, complete with travails, confusion, disorientation, but also moments of revelation.

Rendered in an immaculate photo-derived style, the new pictures reveal his enduring interest in how we read – and misread – images, especially now in the age of AI and deep-fakes.

Using oil, alkyd aluminum pigment and acrylic, Browne creates his canvases with the help of brush, tape, and solvents to expose underlying layers, often flinging paint in search of immediacy.

‘Alkyd, a resin-based, oil-soluble paint, here combines with aluminium pigment to create the ‘silvery’ effect common to all these paintings, making them especially responsive to the changing conditions of ambient light,’ says Browne.

This is Andrew Browne’s tenth exhibition with Tolarno Galleries.  His new paintings attract the eye and the mind by bringing together curious urban observations in tightly made images for deeper looking.





This ethereal collection of silver paintings launches Gallery 2, our new intimate exhibition space.

With their reflective surfaces the paintings flip between the organic and the industrial, the abstract and the playfully anecdotal.

Image: Andrew Browne O 2022, aluminium pigment, alkyd, acrylic, oil on linen, 92 x 64 cm in aluminium artist’s frame


Shoegazer 2.0

There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
– Leonard Cohen

In 2020, Melbourne artist Andrew Browne spent the long COVID-19 lockdown developing Shoegazer, a series of drawings premiering online in August 2020. A playful allusion to Shoegaze, a 1990s subgenre of indie rock, the title refers more to subjects and prompts found close at hand… almost underfoot.

These drawings of modest subjects, rich in association, serve as touchstones for Shoegazer 2.0, Andrew Browne’s new collection of paintings: the accidental abstractions of foot-path repairs; a tenacious dandelion emerging from a crevice; a spill of obscure yet florescent liquid; a crazy-patterned mural, or so much carelessly discarded detritus.

As paintings, these introspective images now loom large and take on a heightened significance. Browne highlights uncanny juxtapositions, flashes of colour and discovers secret portals. In these fleeting street scenes, moments of humour, joy and reverie are captured.

Continuing Andrew Browne’s longheld interest in landscape and surreal natural phenomena, Shoegazer 2.0 shines a light on visions that reflect and connect us all.

Read the Melbourne Art Seen  review by Gerry Bell.

Image: ANDREW BROWNE Rockaway 2021, oil and aluminium pigment on linen, 191 x 132 cm



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Shoegazer, a diverse group of drawings made by Andrew Browne during the extended Melbourne COVID-19 lockdown, is a playful allusion to that sub-genre of indie rock, Shoegaze, but more so to the attention one pays to subjects and prompts found close at hand… almost underfoot. These somewhat introspective images are tender and intuitive encounters with observation, composition and mood.

Image: ANDREW BROWNE Shoegazer (wharf) 2020, pencil on Moulin Du Gue paper, image size 37.5 x 26 cm, paper size: 76 x 56.5 cm



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For his sixth exhibition at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne-based Andrew Browne presents new paintings and related charcoal drawings that extend his decades long interest in a landscape of phenomena – yet one alienated from the picturesque.

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