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Fred Williams is probably best known as the artist who changed the way we looked at Australia when he gave us his birds eye view of a messy, arid Australian landscape. When the young Fred Williams returned from five years in London he was struck by the contrast with the real Australian landscape rather than

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Australia Day Art show has made it to Melbourne and Canberra with curator Leo Robba adjusting each show slightly for each city. The show, now in its 12th year in Sydney, includes a series of John Olsen Limited Edition reproduction prints sold through the papers in each city. Curator Robba says

Hat trick for Heide

Monday, 26 November 2012 by

Heide launched an intriguing three-way exhibition on the weekend: Louise Bourgeois, the French-born American artist who is recognised as the founder of Confessional Art; an exhibition that looks at relationships between the art of Louise Bourgeois and 10 Australian artists; and a small exhibition of Del Kathryn Barton’s large  paintings from her book The Nightingale

Very Contemporary Gertrude

Monday, 26 November 2012 by

Gertrude Contemporary is an exciting and adventurous place to be.  It’s where young and adventurous artists make their marks. Gertrude was founded in 1983 as a non-profit contemporary art complex of gallery spaces and studio facilities and provides professional support to artists in the early stages of their careers. Each year Gertrude offers places for

Paul ‘Two Hats’ Sumner

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 by

Chinese Gilt. Paul Sumner is a unique art dealer.  His gallery, Moss Green in South Yarra, is both a representing gallery as well as an auction house. It’s highly unusual for any one art-dealer to wear both hats. But it just seems to come naturally for Paul Sumner whose urbane sophisticated manner masks a highly

Gay Dutton paints wheels…

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 by

Gay Dutton paints classic cars, motor bikes and wooden speedboats. It’s an interesting niche and Gay paints in a corner of husband Jeff’s, classic car showroom, the iconic Duttons in South Yarra. She is well placed to paint the classics of the 1930’s as many of them pass through the Dutton showroom: “It’s not bad

Bromley Fever

Monday, 19 November 2012 by

Auction house Leonard Joel had a huge turn-out to David Bromley’s decadently decaying studio space in Chapel Street on Sunday for about 550 lots of the artist’s collection of just about everything. The auction turned over $1,000,000 including the buyer’s premium. Joels had around around 2,000 registrations and who knows how many were actually there.

Burnt trees light up the lens

Monday, 12 November 2012 by

John Gollings is arguably Australia’s best- and certainly best known-architectural photographer. He is in high demand for large architectural projects which take full advantage of John’s leftside/rightside creative/technical brain. John has also been involving in a number of long-term cultural projects especially in India, Cambodia, China, Libya and New Guinea. Here in Australia, John has

Bromley’s Spring Cleanout

Monday, 12 November 2012 by

David Bromley is best known for his large scale Warhol-esque nudes and his Boys Own adventure paintings and sculptures. He has been listed by Art Collector magazine as one of Australia’s top 50 most collectible artists. But, there is a completely different side to David and it will be on full display on Sunday November

Christopher Langton is a pop sculptor and installation artist who creates very brightly coloured fiberglass and plastic blow-up ‘toys’ of gigantic proportions. The Curator Mark Feary comments: ‘Langton’s work makes you feel good, but only sort of.’ While the works look vaguely familiar and friendly there is something a little sinister about these giant anime