The world doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?

Pablo Picasso

Paper Fish by Christine Hingston

Rob Forlani

“To use my flare and inspiration to guide me in creating to the observer a long lasting impression that can be viewed with pleasure and enjoyment in ones domain… Canvases that speak fluently to the senses. – The structure of any painting is a story waiting to be told.”

Western Australian artist Rob Forlani builds impressions through brushy colour and geometry. More abstract than representational, he presents loose rectilinear geometry that may allude to windows, doors, or passageways.

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Forlani applies colour and paint with both carefulness and wild abandon.
A pleasurable lack of inhibition makes for a refreshing imagery that simultaneously acknowledges and deconstructs order.

Forlani does a superb job of using colour, paint application, and spatial presentation to affect the psychology of formation. Working in Western Australia, Forlani’s work is exhibited and collected widely throughout the region locally, nationally and in New York, San Francisco, Sweden & New Zealand.
-Artis Spectrum Magazine, Vol 14, 2005, New York City

BIOGRAPHY

1962               Born Subiaco, Western Australia
1975               RSHS Art-Crafts1, Printing, Drawing, Art History,
1976               RSHS Art-Crafts 2, Graphic Art, Technical Drawing 1,
1977               RSHS Art-Crafts 3, Art-Crafts Vocational, Metal Work – Woodwork – Plastics,
1978               RSHS Technical Drawing, Design & Technology,
1979               Apprentice Sign Writer, Coca-Cola Perth
1982               Sign Writer Trade Studies Qualification, Leederville Technical College
1992               Began own sign business
2000               Part-time visual Artist
2001               Full time Artist, paints and resides Victoria Park, Western Australia
2003               First Solo Exhibition – Perth
2005               Travelled through USA, exhibited in New York, San Francisco.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 “Orrizonte 1.5” – Gallows Gallery Mosman Park, Western Australia2014 “Thoughts+Colour” Art2Muse Gallery Double Bay, Sydney2013 “Outbursts” – Gallows Gallery Mosman Park, Western Australia2013 “Tension & Release” -Art2Muse Gallery Double Bay, Sydney2012 “Esoterica” Art2Muse Gallery Double Bay, Sydney2011 ”Uprising” Gallows Gallery Mosman Park, Western Australia2011 ”Abstraktion” The Studio Gallery Yallingup, Western Australia2010 ”19 Voices” Gallows Gallery Mosman Park, Western Australia2009 “Undercurrent” Linton & Kay Contemporary, Subiaco, Western Australia2009 “Australien” Minsyster och jag, Stockholm, Sweden2008 “New Works” Tempo Art, Armadale, Melbourne, Australia2008 “Modern Parallels” LK Galleries, Subiaco, Western Australia2007 “Tiger Lounge” Fusion Fine Arts, Mandurah Ocean Marina, Western Australia2007 “Compressed Tangents” Gallery 101, Western Australia Club, Perth2006 “Ambienza” Art Gallerier Moderna i Stockholm, Sweden2006 “New Works” Borgia Fine Arts, San Francisco, USA2006 “Quintessence” Tristan’s the Gallery, Northbridge, Western Australia2005 “Essential Abstracts” Zinc Details Gallery, San Francisco, USA2005 “Symbolista” Jahroc Gallery, Margaret River, Western Australia2004 “New Mood” Kings Art Gallery, Perth, Western Australia2003 “New Works” Gadfly Gallery, Dalkeith, Western Australia

Selected Joint/Group Exhibitions
2014 Group Exhibition -“Christmas Exhibition”, The Studio Gallery, Yallingup
2013 Group Exhibition -”Ultra Funk”, Studio 281 Gallery Maylands, Western Australia
2013 Group Exhibition -”Variations”, Galleria de’ Marchi Bologna, Italy
2013 Group Exhibition -”Spring Exhibition”, The Studio Gallery, Yallingup
2013 Group Exhibition -”Little Treasures” Galleria de’ Marchi Bologna, Italy
2012 Group Exhibition -”Christmas Exhibition” The Studio Gallery, Yallingup
2011 Group Exhibition -”August ’11 Exhibition” Manyung Gallery, Melbourne
2010 Group Exhibition -Cossack Art Awards Broome, Western Australia
2010 Joint Exhibition -”Soul” Fusion Fine Arts, Mandurah, Western Australia
2010 Group Exhibition -“March 2010 Exhibition’’ Manyung Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Group Exhibition -“Art Sydney ’09”, The Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney
2009 Group Exhibition -“August ’09 Exhibition” Manyung Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Group Exhibition -“Hilton Adelaide Selection”, Greenhill Galleries, South Australia
2009 Group Exhibition -Hopeinen Sivellin Galleria Helsinki, Finland
2008 Group Exhibition -“Art in Mind”, The Bricklane Gallery, London
2008 Group Exhibition -“Tiramisu”, Fad Gallery Melbourne, Australia
2008 Group Exhibition -“Abstract Elements” Lumiere Gallery, Cottesloe, WA
2007 Group Exhibition -Con.ceit’ 07 Corangamarah Art Prize, Victoria, (by Invitation)
2006 Group Exhibition -“Little Tempters” Artworks Gallery, Gold Coast, Queensland
2006 Group Exhibition -Greenhill Galleries Adelaide, South Australia
2006 Group Exhibition -“Inspired Collective” ARQ Artworks, Osborne Park, WA
2006 Joint Exhibition -“Lush” Fusion Fine Arts, Mandurah Ocean Marina, WA
2005 Joint Exhibition -Borgia Fine Arts, San Francisco, USA
2005 Group Exhibition -Agora Gallery SoHo, New York, USA
2004 Group Exhibition -“Mt Lawley the Journey.” Gallery 360 Mt. Lawley

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