Fred Williams
Infinite Horizons
Fred Williams
Australia 1927-1982
Strath Creek Falls VII 1979
oil on canvas
152.8 x 182.6 cm
Private collection
© Estate of Fred Williams

A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition

Fred Williams pioneered a new vision of the Australian landscape, and became one of the most important Australian artists of the twentieth century. This exhibition highlights Williams’ strength as a painter including important oil paintings and luminous gouaches to reveal his distinctive approach. He sought inspiration from the unique landscapes of places such Upwey in Victoria, Tasmania’s Bass Strait and the arid Pilbara region of Western Australia, drawing on the abstract qualities of the distant horizons of this vast country.
Although Williams is often associated with dry environments, this exhibition also presents his fascination with water – ponds, rivers, waterfalls and seascapes. Also of great interest are the portraits of family and friends Williams produced throughout his career, which show an artist engaged with his subjects, and intrigued by a sense of his sitter’s individuality.
This comprehensive retrospective is the first major exhibition to focus on Williams in more than twenty five years.

Generously supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

07 Apr 201205 Aug 2012 The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square
Temporary Exhibition
Level 3

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Adult $16.00
Concession $12.00
Student FREE (upon presentation of a valid student card)
Child (5-15) $7.50
Family (2 adults + 3 children) $42.00
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Fred Williams Catalogue

Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons

Deborah Hart

Publication Year 2011
RRP $49.95 paperback (AUD)


Fred Williams
Australia 1927-1982
Acrobats 1955
oil on composition board
106.2 x 80.7 cm
Private collection
© Estate of Fred Williams

Education Kit

Secondary Schools Education Kit developed by the National Gallery of Australia for Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons.

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Fred Williams: The Pilbara Series Publication

Fred Williams: The Pilbara Series

Jennifer Phipps with Kirsty Grant and Lyn Williams

Publication Year 2011
RRP $24.95 paperback (AUD)

Excerpts from the Fred Williams: The Pilbara Series publication.