14 January 2020
Photo: Fred's artwork on display in Coastline's Art Hub, located within the Community Hub at 26 Smith Street, Kempsey.
We'd like to welcome Fred Bullen to our Art Hub. He is the premiere artist in our new space, dedicated to showcasing local artists and their creative works. This new initiative is 100% free of charge, with all proceeds returned directly to the artist. Find out more here: https://www.coastline.com.au/community/art-hub/
When Fred retired, he moved with his wife Patrice from Sydney to the Mid North Coast of NSW and decided to take up the challenge of starting back into art after 40 years. This was in preference to learning how to play golf.
He joined the local art society where he was guided in his artistic endeavours by dedicated and competent local artists who gave up their time to teach. In addition, he participated in regional workshops run by visiting tutors in quite diverse artistic media and subjects.
Fred started by painting traditional landscapes on canvas and then moving on to large format boards for abstract works, often with very heavily textured surfaces.
His inspiration comes from the local bush and beach which are then reproduced in one of many styles such as ‘abstract realism’, ‘2½ D’ or in a more traditional style. He has won awards for his works which are currently displayed in galleries in Forster, Taree and Port Macquarie as well as local cafes. He also enters his work in the regional annual agricultural shows and art society Art Exhibitions.
As much as Fred enjoys the challenge of painting a wide variety of subjects using an equally wide range of techniques, his greatest pleasure comes from hearing that an artwork has unlocked a heartfelt memory for the viewer.
Why not pop by our Community Hub at 26 Smith St, Kempsey and view the Art Hub space!