For Tove Langridge it was a case of the stars aligning. TW Fine Art gallery had outgrown its previous tenancy on Robertson Street in Fortitude Valley, and Langridge was looking for a new home for it. Thankfully a friend told him about a warehouse-style space on Masters Street in Newstead, and it just happened to belong to one of Langridge’s clients. “As soon as I saw it I thought, ‘This is what I’ve been waiting for’,” Langridge says.
It’s certainly a change from the relatively intimate Fortitude Valley gallery. An eight-metre-high glass-front window shows off a space Langridge says is inspired by the galleries of New York; it has high ceilings and plenty of natural light, allowing “the art to breathe” and providing a more seamless viewing experience. “One of the paintings coming for the next show is three metres by three metres,” he says, “which we couldn’t even fit in the front door in our other space.”
Langridge is celebrating the new gallery with an eye-popping show by Californian painter Chris Trueman that runs until July 10. Trueman’s style incorporates elements of optical art, abstract expressionism and street art. It’s something of a full-circle moment for the gallery – it was Trueman’s work on display in TW Fine Art’s first ever solo show in the old space.
Otherwise, TW Fine Art focuses both on presenting international postmodern painters in Brisbane and making the work accessible to casual art fans. The gallery collaborates closely with the artists it exhibits, selling artwork but also releasing limited-edition prints at a lower price point.
“[Prints are] a really great way for somebody to have something collectable, but much more affordable,” Langridge says. For buyers of the originals, appointments can be made for personal walk-throughs. “I want people to tailor their collection … and, ultimately, [add] value to it. So I always guide our collectors to buy the best pieces that they can.”
The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday. In the coming months, an outdoor area will open and provide a space where visitors can read and relax.