Fred Williams<br/>
Australia 1927-1982<br/>
<em>Lightning storm, Waratah Bay</em> 1971-72<br/>
oil on canvas<br/>
91.5 x 127.0 cm<br/>
Private collection<br/>
© Estate of Fred Williams
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Fred Williams
Australia 1927-1982
Media Release • 13 Jul 12

Final chance to see the iconic works of Fred Williams

In just four weeks’ time, the National Gallery of Victoria must close the doors on Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons, the first major retrospective of Fred Williams’s work in over 25 years.

Dr Gerard Vaughan, Director, NGV said: “Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons is a must-see exhibition that showcases over 100 works from this iconic Australian artist. I would urge all Victorians to come and view these incredible landscapes, principally produced around Melbourne, before the NGV closes this extraordinary show.”

As part of the NGV’s commitment to inspiring students, during the final three weeks of the exhibition (17 July – 5 August) all students will receive free entry to Infinite Horizons upon presentation of a valid student card.

“As it is likely to be a long time before another Williams exhibition of this quality and depth will be presented we believe that as many students as possible should be encouraged to see this amazing show – a style of landscape painting which defines how we see and understand the country we live in,” Dr Vaughan said.

Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons highlights Williams’s strength as a landscape artist, including important oil paintings and luminous gouaches that reveal his distinctive approach and his ability to convey poetically a feeling of place.

Visitors to the exhibition will engage with an exceptional range of Williams’s paintings inspired by unique Australian locations, from Upwey in Victoria to the Pilbara in Western Australia and Weipa in North Queensland. Also of great interest in the exhibition are the portraits Williams produced throughout his career.

Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons will be on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square,

10am–5pm (closed Mondays) until 5 August 2012. Admission fees apply: Adult $16, Concession $12, Child $7.50. Free entry for all students from 17 July – 5 August upon presentation of a valid student card.

For more information about Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons or to buy tickets online please visit


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A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition
Generously supported by Principal Sponsor, Rio Tinto, and the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians and Visions of Australia, an Australian Government Program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of cultural material across Australia.