Joe Furlonger was born in Cairns, Queensland. Furlonger is regarded as one of Australia's most respected landscape painters, nine time finalist in the Archibald, winner of the Moet & Chandon Fellowship in 1988, and the Fleurieu Art Prize for Landscape in 2002. He is known for his use of hand-made acrylic paints and reused canvases, his paintings oscillating figuration and abstraction.
I like to convey that idea of movement, that might be in the stillness of landscapes
Joe Furlonger, 2014
Furlonger’s paintings are the result of a direct relationship with the Australian landscape, in particular the expansive open spaces of the semi-arid regions and the harbours of Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
Restlessly creative, Furlonger draws every day - he draws incessantly, with pencil, charcoal, brush, pen or crayon. He has filled countless sketchbooks and completed a large body of works on paper. These drawings are both preparatory studies for paintings and self-sufficient works of art. The quick, spontaneous transfer of his observations onto paper is at the heart of all Furlonger's artistic activities, from painting and printmaking to ceramics and sculpture.
John McDonald, 2002, New Contemporaries.
His work is represented in the Australian National Gallery, Canberra; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; The Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; The Powehouse Museum, Sydney, as well as many private collections.