Mark Schaller

Botanicus Fantasticus

1 May – 1 July 2020

Fox Galleries is proud to present Botanicus Fantasticus, a new body of work by Mark Schaller.

Informed by the natural world, literature and the universe, Schaller takes his painting kit beyond the studio to investigate the trope of ‘artist studying nature’. Like many artists before, Schaller is assuming the role of the romantic, painting en plein air. He is performing painting in the Royal Botanical Gardens, Victoria encapsulated between two worlds; the garden as wild nature and urban interactions and intervention.

Schaller’s paintings and sculptures are responding to undesirable changes to nature and climate. Surrounded by the urban environment, human interaction and intervention, Schaller embraces this disrupted sense of the sublime. The result is a fervent series of conversational paintings between humans and nature. Botanical shapes intertwined with the human figure appearing and reappearing in the bold and colourful post-sublime universe Schaller explores. Animated shapes that make a scene.

Listen to Mark Schaller’s interview with Richard Watts on SmartArts Triple R


1980 – 1982 Fine Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne


2018 Exit Art Gallery, Athens, Greece
2018 Qdos, Lorne
2017 Paintings of Phillip Island with Mic Turner, Sagra Gallery
2016 Paintings with Altitude, Mt Buller
2015 Homage to Hydra, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
2014 The Paris Sweet, Le Louvre


2018 Sculpture by the Sea, Lorne
2010 Erotica, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2010 Autumn Collection, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Landcare, Ballarat Art Gallery
2006 Wildfire, Ballarat Art Gallery
2006 From the Furnace – Bronze Sculptures, Castlemaine Art Gallery


National Gallery of Victoria
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Grafton Regional Art Gallery
Latrobe University, Bundoora
Roar Collection, Melbourne
Tasmanian College Of Advanced Education, Launceston
Western Mining
Campbelltown Regional Gallery
City of Yarra, Melbourne
Lowensteins Arts Management, Melbourne
Ian Potter Museum of Art

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