Belem Lett, now showing at Fred's Collingwood showroom.

James Makin Gallery and Fred are proud to present a curated selection of five artworks from Belem's recent Sundowner exhibition.

James Makin Gallery is our go-to for contemporary art and over the years we've been lucky to collaborate with them on various projects. 

Belem Lett’s paintings play with light and colour as inseparable aspects, and the artist considers the act of painting through the history of gestural abstraction. Individual works explore the surface and traditional constraints of painting, at times bouncing off its edges and returning inwards to explore the interior space, while at others zooming off the edge. There is an implicit physical momentum involved in Lett’s work: the push/pull, twists, the drag of the brush, the drip, the stop and start. Reduced to a surface and applied with a colour-loaded brush, his works imply a broader, limitless world in which we are only seeing a cropped section.

Belem Lett is a Sydney-based artist and former Director of Wellington St Projects (2013-2019). Lett graduated with a BFA (Hons Class1 ) in 2008 and an MFA in 2012, both from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. He is a regular finalist in major Australian prizes including the Waverley Art Prize (2021)The Glover Prize (2019,2020), Arthur Guy Memorial Prize (2019), The Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize (2017- Highly Commended, 2020), The Paddington Art prize (2016, 2018- Highly Commended), and the NAB emerging Artist award (2014). In 2011 Lett held a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, and in 2010 received the Brett Whitely Travelling Art Scholarship. He has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally and has participated in art fairs including Spring 1883 (Melbourne) and a solo presentation at Sydney Contemporary with Edwina Corlette Gallery. Lett’s work is held in public and private collections including Mirvac, Artbank, Crown group, 10 groups, Australian Catholic University, and City of Sydney Art Collection.

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James Makin Gallery is located in a warehouse of mammoth proportions, exquisitely renovated by architect Tristan Wong (SJB architects) – the co-curator Australia’s exhibition for the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale. It features a 5.5-metre apex ceiling, four-metre gallery walls, two large exhibition spaces, a private viewing room accessed by a concealed, pivoting wall, a client bar, and the polished concrete floors that have become synonymous with James Makin Gallery. 89 Islington Street Collingwood. A must visit!

Gallery photography Ivanna Smiljanic.