Aaron Fell-Fracasso


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Aaron Fell-Fracasso studied Visual Arts at the University of Wollongong. He has extensive experience as a painter and an independent curator, he is also the founder/director of The Egg & Dart Gallery. His work has been a finalist in numerous art prizes and is held in the University of Wollongong Collection.

With the Egg & Dart he has created many collective art projects such as, bringing Sydney artist Rosie Deacon’s KangaSue down for a “photo op” in Thirroul, and claimed two large exterior walls as collaborative painting surfaces with Adelaide based fellow art provocateur Henry Jock Walker. He has curated shows with many artist from all over Australia and Scandinavia both at The Egg & Dart and on tour, such as The Egg & Dart on Excursion at Casula Powerhouse 2016 and co-curated an exhibition, Sentiment, with former Sawtooth ARI director Patrick Sutczak for The Ten Days on the Island Festival at Sawtooth ARI in 2017. 2018 he co-curated Here + Now at Wollongong Regional Gallery with focus on the diversity of the practice of young artists who live, work or have an association with the Illawarra region. 

Aaron Fell-Fracasso makes tools to enact painted marks. His dynamic compositions involve colour blocking, pattern generation and direct gesture. Loading colour on studio-made implements, he drags substance across surface. A distinctive painterly expression is repeated and referenced at different scales. Key moves include monolith shapes moving like dust clouds over scumbled and complex surfaces and chunky opaque textures surrendering to gloss. Muted warm greys push back on areas of more vivid colour. The abstraction explored by Fell-Fracasso offers serious thinking while encouraging visual play. Within this moving ground is the potential for original thought and subtle emotional states. In parallel, the works as a grouping reveal a battle between the completion of a piece and the open possibilities of non-objective art. There is a vitality in Fell-Fracasso’s work that suggests that painting is an endless project.