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Eliza Gosse Paints The Project Homes Of Post-War Migrants In Australia And The US

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Drawing inspiration from project homes built for post-war European migrants in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s in Australia and America, Australian painter Eliza Gosse has created ‘Mission Brown’: oil paintings of suburban modernism.

At a time marked by surges in population, both countries developed housing solutions that were emblematic of their evolving cultural identities. The necessity of suburban housing after the Second World War required architects turn their attention to domestic sites, and so this era is responsible for some of the more inventive and inexpensive modernist designs that we see in Gosse’s paintings. “By looking backwards and painting these homes across the two countries I want to undo the impersonal, unflattering suburban stereotype of today”, Gosse explains, “and cast our minds back to a generation of young architects and European migrants that breathed a spirit of invention into the suburbs.”

“By looking backwards and painting these homes across the two countries I want to undo the impersonal, unflattering suburban stereotype of today”
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All images © Eliza Gosse