Betra Fraval

Betra Fraval

    • Artist’s Statement

      Through her paintings Betra Fraval graphically and poetically interprets the landscapes she encounters. Her graphic abstractions use visual languages of cartography and geographic strata as frameworks for understanding the hidden meanings that particular places hold. Often these places map the artist's travels and worldy surrounds. In State of Slow Shift Fraval charts the common ground between seemingly disparate environments she has encountered in the past year: the glaciers of Norway and Ben Lomond mountain, Tasmania.

      In each of these landscapes, there are powerful undercurrents of knowledge and reflection. Glaciers move at an imperceptible pace, testimonies of the strength of quiet progress. For Ben Lomond, there is a breathtaking awareness of the vastness of time. Its mountainous rock formations date to the Jurassic period and what we experience of them is a mere blink in their history. It hints at the slow, but inevitable passing of time which eventually overtakes all things. Both landscapes are in constant states of slow shift - monuments of past and future.

    • Awards

      AWARDS / GRANTS / RESIDENCIES

      2020 John Leslie Art Prize (finalist), Gippsland Art Gallery
      2019 Helsinki International Artist Programme, Finland
      Hôtel Sainte Valière, France
      R&M McGivern Prize (Finalist), Melbourne
      2018 Sachaqa Centro De Arte Artists Residency, Peru
      BigCi Artists Residency, Blue mountains
      2016 John Leslie Art Prize (finalist), Gippsland Art Gallery
      Cowwarr Art Residency, Victoria, Australia
      2015 Banyule Award Works on Paper (finalist), Hatch Contemporary Arts Space
      2014 McClelland Sculpture Award (finalist), McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park
      Galloway Lawson Award , Victorian College of the Arts
      2011 Janet Holmes à Court Artists’ Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts
      Works on Paper Prize (finalist), Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW
      2009 Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship (finalist), VCA Margaret Lawrence
      Gallery, Melbourne
      Sankriti Kendra Art Residency, New Delhi, India
      2006 Seventh Exhibition Grant, Seventh Gallery, Making Space ARI Festival
      2005 Maude Glover Fleay Award, Victorian College of the Arts
      Tolarno Hotel VCA Annual Art Award, Victorian College of the Arts

    • Exhibitions

      SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

      2020 State of Slow Shift, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
      2019 Wanderer, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
      2017 Moving Mountains, James Makin Gallery
      2015 Falling into the Sky, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne
      The Rope Doesn’t Hang...the Earth Pulls, Five Walls Projects, Melbourne
      2013 Still Remains, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne
      2012 The Dead Tree Gives No Shelter, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne
      2011 A Time of Disappearances, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
      2010 Captured Traces, Carbon Black Gallery, Melbourne
      2008 Unstable Ground, Victoria Park Gallery, Melbourne

      SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

      2021 Summer New, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
      2020 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne
      John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, 2020
      2019 Summer New, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
      2019 The Utopian Object, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne
      2018 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, James Makin Gallery
      Selected works by represented artists, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
      2016 Stratum, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne
      Expanded Gaze Bundoora Homestead Melbourne
      The Agency of Things (Curated by Kent Wilson) Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne
      2014 VCA Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
      2013 Wish You Were Here (SWARM), Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
      2011 Disappear, Kings ARI, Melbourne
      A4 Art, Westspace Gallery, Melbourne
      2010 Forged, Trocadero Gallery, Melbourne
      2009 Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery,
      Melbourne
      2007 In the Shadows of Opulence, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne

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  • Betra Fraval

    Material formations
    91.5 x 81.5 cm oil on linen $5,800.00
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    Feathertop (the golden hour)
    112 x 138 cm oil on linen $8,800.00
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    Imprint
    92 x 81.5 cm oil on linen $5,800.00
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    Graphic Landscape
    92 x 81.5 cm oil on linen $5,800.00
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    To Fall into the Stillness
    92.5 x 82 cm oil on linen $5,800.00
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    Stillness
    31.5 x 26 cm oil on linen $1,400.00
  • Betra Fraval

    State of Slow Shift
    91.5 x 81.5 cm oil on linen $5,800.00
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    Drift
    91.5 x 81.5 cm oil on linen $5,800.00
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    Where the Mountain Meets the Water
    92.5 x 86.5 cm oil on linen $5,800.00
  • Betra Fraval

    Where the Mountain Meets the Water
    91.5 x 81.5 cm oil on linen $5,800.00