The Curious Nature of Aether
Louise Feneley
July 31, 2024
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August 18, 2024
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Lennox St. Gallery is pleased to present The Curious Nature of Aether, an exhibition of recent paintings by Louise Feneley.  

In her second exhibition with our gallery, the artist continues the exploration of the themes touched upon in the previous exhibition. The symbiotic relationship between humans and nature remains central to Louise’s oeuvre. Not too dissimilarly to the grand tradition of the nineteenth-century Romanticists, she portrays the powerful immensity and timelessness of nature versus the corresponding fragility and transience of human experience.

Her depiction of rolling waves in paintings such as Legend of the Great Wave and Call of the Sea is monumental and vertiginous. The viewer is positioned in the extreme foreground, arrested by the beauty of vision and the play of turquoise and aquamarine tints, blinded by the whiteness of foaming crests, submitting to the ultimate peril for the momentous experience of synaesthetic beauty.

The unstoppable forces of nature are apparent in Louise’s still-life paintings. They meditate upon nature’s duality as giver and destroyer: the bounty and detritus alternate in a continuous journey of artistic explorations. Songs of the Dancing Garden and Song to the Winds and the Moon capture the elements in a centrifugal swirl of wind and water, a promise of calm is offered by rainbow edged-nimbuses.

In panels from the Weather Project suite, detailed studies of light and atmosphere and the interplay of reflections between the ocean and the sky, coalesced into the shape of the pearl, that inchoate object of human existence. Steeped in legends since times immemorial, born of the sea, carried aloft by the goddess of love, the pearls have been emblematic of femininity, fecundity, and the mysteries of birth: in the Medieval and Renaissance eras, no bridal portrait was complete without a piece of jewellery set with a trinity of pearls.

A distinguishing feature of Louise’s paintings is their fine execution: in many of the works, the smoothness of surface belies the evidence of human touch. Atmospheric effects are minutely observed and carefully captured. The challenge of conveying translucency with opaque materials on a two-dimensional canvas can be observed in intricate details in the paintings of waves as well as glass objects.

Louise Feneley, painter of portraits, landscapes, and still lifes, has been exhibiting regularly inAdelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney. Her works have been included in important curated and survey exhibitions of contemporary Australian art, including at the SASA Gallery in Adelaide, Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale (Vic), and the Parliament House in Canberra. Louise’s works had been selected as finalists in numerous art prizes, and on many occasions she had walked away with the highly coveted ‘People’s Choice Award.’ Louise’s works are to be found in the Parliament House in Canberra, as well as in selected regional, tertiary, and corporate collections in Australia and abroad.

Louise Feneley
The Curious Nature of Aether
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Louise Feneley
July 31, 2024
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August 18, 2024
The Grand Gathering
Louise Feneley
POA
$ 18,000.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, The Grand Gathering, 2021-2023, Oil on canvas, 120cm x 150cm
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Tribute to the Central Sun
Louise Feneley
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$ 18,000.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Tribute to the Central Sun, 2022-2024, Oil on canvas, 120cm x 150cm
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Song of the Dancing Garden
Louise Feneley
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$ 12,500.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Song of the Dancing Garden, 2021-2023, Oil on Belgian linen, 92cm x 112cm
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Song of the Dancing Garden, Autumn Light
Louise Feneley
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$ 12,500.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Song of the Dancing Garden, Autumn Light, 2023-2024, Oil on Belgian linen, 92cm x 112cm
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Song to the Winds and the Moon
Louise Feneley
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$ 9,500.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Song to the Winds and the Moon, 2021-2023, Oil on Belgian linen, 80cm x 100cm
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Still Point of the Turning World
Louise Feneley
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$ 9,500.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Still Point of the Turning World, 2021-2023, Oil on Belgian linen, 92cm x 92cm
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The Un-Nameable Day III
Louise Feneley
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$ 9,500.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, The Un-Nameable Day III, 2022, Oil on Belgian linen, 90cm x 112cm
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Legend of the Great Wave
Louise Feneley
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$ 15,000.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Legend of the Great Wave, 2024, Oil on Belgian linen, 82cm x 192cm (triptych)
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Call of the Sea
Louise Feneley
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$ 14,000.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Call of the Sea, 2024, Oil on Belgian linen, 82cm x 138cm
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Diary of a Wave III
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$ 8,000.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Diary of a Wave III, 2024, Oil on Belgian linen, 36cm x 153cm
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Diary of a Wave, Evening
Louise Feneley
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$ 8,000.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Diary of a Wave, Evening, 2024, Oil on Belgian linen, 36cm x 153cm
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The Wave
Louise Feneley
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$ 3,750.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, The Wave, 2024, Oil on canvas, 29cm x 99cm
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A Drop in the Ocean
Louise Feneley
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$ 1,750.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, A Drop in the Ocean, 2024, Oil on canvas, 42cm x 31cm (diptych)
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Weather Project - Blue Day
Louise Feneley
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$ 1,250.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Weather Project - Blue Day, 2024, Oil on linen, 36cm x 28cm
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Weather Project - Morning
Louise Feneley
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$ 1,100.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Weather Project - Morning, 2024, Oil on linen, 31cm x 23cm
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Weather Project - Evening
Louise Feneley
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$ 1,100.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Weather Project - Evening, 2024, Oil on linen, 31cm x 23cm
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Weather Project - Haze
Louise Feneley
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$ 775.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Weather Project - Haze, 2024, Oil on Belgian linen, 20cm x 20cm
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Summer's Light
Louise Feneley
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$ 1,100.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Summer's Light, 2024, Oil on linen, 16cm x 31cm (diptych)
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Where is my Home?
Louise Feneley
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$ 1,100.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Where is my Home?, 2024, Oil on linen, 16cm x 31cm (diptych)
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Solstice
Louise Feneley
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$ 1,100.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Solstice, 2024, Oil on linen, 16cm x 31cm (diptych)
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A Walk by the Beach
Louise Feneley
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$ 950.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, A Walk by the Beach, 2023, Oil on Belgian linen, 25cm x 25cm
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A Walk in the Park
Louise Feneley
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$ 950.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, A Walk in the Park, 2023, Oil on Belgian linen, 25cm x 25cm
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An Autumn Day
Louise Feneley
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$ 950.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, An Autumn Day, 2023, Oil on Belgian linen, 25cm x 25cm
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Weather Project - Day of the Sandstorm
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$ 950.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Weather Project - Day of the Sandstorm, 2021, Oil on canvas paper, 29cm x 32cm
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Weather Project - Evening of the Sandstorm
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$ 950.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Weather Project - Evening of the Sandstorm, 2021, Oil on canvas paper, 29cm x 32cm
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Three Days of Spring I
Louise Feneley
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$ 1,100.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Three Days of Spring I, 2023, Oil on panel, 26cm x 30cm
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Three Days of Spring II
Louise Feneley
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$ 1,100.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Three Days of Spring I, 2023, Oil on panel, 26cm x 30cm
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Three Days of Spring III
Louise Feneley
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$ 1,100.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Three Days of Spring I, 2023, Oil on panel, 26cm x 30cm
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Jasmine Day
Louise Feneley
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$ 2,750.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Jasmine Day, 2023, Oil on linen, 40cm x 50cm
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Balancing Act III
Louise Feneley
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$ 2,750.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Balancing Act III, 2023, Oil on Belgian linen, 40cm x 50cm
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Golden Hour I
Louise Feneley
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$ 775.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Golden Hour I, 2024, Oil on Belgian linen, 20cm x 20cm
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Golden Hour II
Louise Feneley
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$ 775.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Golden Hour II, 2024, Oil on Belgian linen, 20cm x 20cm
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The Un-Nameable Day IV
Louise Feneley
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$ 1,100.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, The Un-Nameable Day IV, 2024, Oil on Belgian linen on board, 26cm x 26cm
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Call of the Sea II
Louise Feneley
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$ 3,250.00 AUD
Louise Feneley, Call of the Sea II, 2024, Oil on Belgian linen, 61cm x 51cm
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