65 – 2012) Sydney, Australia. He graduated from the City Art Institute in Sydney, and later received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales. Considered an “enfant terrible” in the Australian art world, Adam has become one of Australia’s significant artists. He gained early fame dragging around a rotting pig’s head that was chained to his ankle. Well known for winning the Archibald Prize in 2000 with a portrait of actor David Wenham, his works are irreverent yet humorous, and at times quite confronting. He is widely respected and considered one of Australia’s most collectible contemporary artists. Cullen’s work is represented in numerous state and regional galleries including National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Queensland Art Gallery and the Geelong Art Gallery. . . .
Antonio was born in Portugal where he graduated from Escola Artes Plasticas of Coimbra and Escola De Belas Artes of Lisbon. Since graduating he pursued a career as a professional artist in Europe, where his work was shown in many exhibitions in Spain, Portugal and Germany. Today his paintings form part of private and public collections across Europe. Since arriving in Australia in the late sixties, Antonio’s work has received constant acclaim across the country, winning numerous awards, such as the prestigious Caran D’Ache drawing award. Antonio is a Fellow of the Royal Art Society. He is frequently the focus of exhibitions and was a guest artist representing Portugal in the Euro Art Exhibition. Tony was a participant in the Archibald Festival and a finalist in the Sulman art prize.
COLLECTION – Places, Faces, Feather and Furs……The message of Bela’s art is simple and direct, without a profound statement or complex ideology. Rather than attempting to force observations to fit preconceived ideas which arise from failure to observe and actually see the magnificence that surrounds us, his challenge comes in using light to define form and space, and in capturing the essence of a subject through the use of composition, colour, technique and design.
Brent Redding is a self-taught full-time contemporary artist based in Napier, New Zealand. He has had three solo exhibitions in Australia and two in New Zealand, as well as numerous inclusions in group shows etc. Brent also works as a muralist and tutor. His works are motivated by a search for pattern and design, and he often suppresses depth in his paintings in order to enhance the two dimensional arrangement. Many interests may appear in, or influence his works: music, poetry, dance, the human condition, and a keen sense of the absurd. He is constantly experimenting and his style remains fluid, but currently aspects of surrealism, futurism, art nouveau, pop-art and other genres appear in his works
This sparky, blue eyed, vivacious Australia (born Yorkshire, England, 1932) is passionately committed to his drawing and painting and has been since he could hold a pencil. Greatly influenced by renowned artists Turner and Constable, Brian says “I felt the scales fall from my eyes as soon as I arrived in Australia and saw the wonderful works of Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Frederie McCubbin”
Artist Bruce Griffiths still works by the modem, never paint where you haven’t been and never paint what you cannot feel. Located at the base of the Tallebudgera Valley on the Gold Coast, his sea and country landscapes reflect his real life journeys in Australia. A lifetime of fishing and the bush has instilled a love of the outdoors, which is the preferred subject of his paintings. Through his brush, Bruce reveals the natural beauty of Australia. He is always looking to capture the mood and atmosphere of the sea and his beloved country. A watercolour artist in the traditional style and largely self taught since picking up a brush in 2002. “I was fortunate early to see the use of colour in watercolour in the hands of world renowned Australian artists Robert Wade and Robert Lovett. It simply opened my eyes to what was possible”
Charles Blackman (born 12 August 1928) is an Australian painter, noted for the Schoolgirl and Alice in Wonderland series of the 1950’s. He was a member of the Antipodeans, a group of Melbourne painters that also included Arthur Boyd, David Boyd, John Brack, Robert Dickerson, John Perceval and Clifton Pugh. . . .
CHARLES W OSWALD
1890-1899 – Charles W Oswald was a British landscape and animal painter born in Liverpool. Oswald produced many highland landscape paintings, many depicting highland cattle which he represented in a distinctive style. Highland cattle paintings by Oswald are usually well sought after. . . .
David Boyd began his career as a painter in 1957 with a series of symbolic paintings on Australian explorers. He became one of the seven members of Bernard Smith’s Antipodean group of figurative artists, joining his elder borther Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan, John Brack, Robert Dickerson, John Perceval and Clifton Pugh. His Truganini series was exhibited in Melbourne in 1959 but then the family departed once more for London. . . .
Magnificent landscapes by Castlemaine based artist David Brenchley. “I’ve been painting since 1971 when the pervading perfume of linseed oil in a Sydney artists supplies shop awakened me to my real interest in art. My love of the bush made landscape painting the obvious choice of subject. I have lived in various parts of Victoria and travelled extensively in NSW and Queensland painting and drawing, most recently in the Noosa hinterland. I’ve now settled in Castlemaine where I am renewing earlier connections.” . . .
Of all the Roar artists, Larwill has emerged as one of the most distinctive. His style of populating his paintings with stylized human figures and animals, his use of childlike forms, and the occasional inclusion of slogans, give his work a naive quality which sometimes seems simplistic. However this is misleading, for beneath the veneer of innocence lies a considerable sophistication. Larwill evokes an extraordinary range of feelings, moods and expressions through his frenetic compositions and use of intense colour. . . .
Born in Sydney in 1948, Preston studied in Sydney and Newcastle and became known as a painter of wildlife and rural subjects in oil, acrylic, watercolour; pencil drawings and etchings. He has won many awards and is represented in the United Nations, Geneva;, the Arbitration Commission, Melbourne and in private collections in France, Sweden, USA and Australia. . . .
Don Ramette was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and emigrated to Australia in 1970. His paintings in varying degrees combine wit, eroticism, menace and acknowledge a debt to Surrealism. In a new departure the style reflects the Moderne looks of the 1930’s and the majority of the works contain figures, buildings or objects from the 1920’s and 30’s.The paintings consequently possess a sense of the elegant and familiar while the choice and juxtaposition of objects and figures renders them somewhat uncomfortable. It is this discomfort that lies at the heart of Don’s work. The question “What is going on here?” can never be answered, certainly not in words, but it forces an ongoing dialogue with the viewer which drives him even deeper into the emotion of each painting. Don like Surrealism itself works within the Romantic tradition. . . .
Dorothy Napangardi – Region: Yeundumu, Central Desert. Language group: Warlpiri. Born: 1952. Dorothy Napangardi commenced painting in 1987 and her art often refers to her traditional country of Mina Mina, Northern Territory. The rendition of her paintings is characterized by the way she minimizes all references to the customary Aboriginal iconography. In 1998 there was a significant turning point to Dorothy’s work and in 2001 Dorothy won first prize at the 18th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in Darwin, Northern Territory. . . .
Frank Hodgkinson was at the forefront of the Abstract Expressionist movement in Australia in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He was the youngest in a family of 3 boys and 1 girl. Frankâ€™s great uncle was the Pre-Raphaelite artist, Sir John Everett Millais; his father, Henry, was a highly skilled sign writer and decorator. Frank and his older brother, Roy, served as war artists during World War II. Frank studied at the Royal Art Society of NSW, with Sydney Long and Datillo Rubbo, while supporting himself producing illustrations for magazines. He left the Royal Art Society when Datillo Rubbo set up a separate Art Society school and continued to work as a freelance illustrator for various newspapers, later becoming full-time press artist prior to the outbreak of WW II. . . .
George Callaghan was born in Belfast in 1941 but spent most of his childhood in South Africa. He returned to Ireland in his teens, working as a graphic artist in a Dublin advertising agency. Although Callaghan attended the Belfast College of art from 1961 to 1965, he insists that most of his skills and discipline he has learnt from advertising. He is a strong believer that no one can teach art because no one knows what art is. All you can teach, he says, is technique â€“ and leave their minds alone. And he contends that he now paints with an attitude he enjoyed before attending Art College. Music is also a great influence, he plays harp, guitar and sings. The musician appears often in his works. . . .
Gloria Petyarre – Born: 1945. Region: Utopia. Language group: Anmatyerre. Gloria Petyarre paintings are noted as some of the most famous from the Aboriginal artists of the Utopia Homelands. Gloria was born around 1945 on Atnangkere country at Utopia in Central Australia. Her language is Anmatyerre and she predominantly lives at Mulga Bore (Akaye Soakage). Gloria Petyarre is one of seven sisters all of whom are well known Aboriginal artists, including Kathleen Petyarre, Nancy Petyarre, Violet Petyarre and Ada Bird. The artwork of the Petyarre sisters share the same Dreamings, including Arnkerrth, the Mountain or Thorny Devil Lizard, Awelye, the women’s body design and stories related to a variety of bush foods. Their paintings are able to depict a wide range of designs under these Dreaming stories, with Gloria Petyarre being the most productive of the group. . . .
Born in 1961, St Kilda, Victoria. MA of Analytical (Depth) Psych. Self taught artist, Helen Norton spent many years working in the remote outback in unusual occupations, before settling in Broome WA to concentrate on developing her very distinctive narrative style. Norton’s work is ascetically seductive and constantly reaching into or making new mythology about life. Having earned a reputation as a storyteller, her work usually contains deeper layers of query into the human condition. Norton has been exhibiting for 26 years, and is represented in collections nationally and internationally, with over 50 solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas. . . .
Hugh Sawrey CBE (born in Forest Glen, Queensland, 1919, died Benalla, Victoria, 1999) was an Australian artist and founder of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Longreach, Queensland. Sawrey was an artist whose prolific output of paintings and drawings of the Australian landscape and its people contributed in a profound way to the preserving of the memory of times and places in Australian history that were in danger of being overlooked and lost to posterity. Throughout his long career, he experienced firsthand events that shaped Australian identity in the 20th century and documented through his work many of the characters that lived in this period. . . .
Ian Abdulla’s paintings contain stories from his childhood spent around the Murray River region in South Australia. Through words and pictures, Abdulla discusses his experiences – fishing, ploughing the fields, cycling and playing footy. The work is an important record, made all the more interesting through the subjectivity of hindsight. Naïve in style, the work has an unsuspected sophistication. . . .
It is hard to define Gundry’s diverse style of painting. The artist presents various style in art that would at first appear to be done by different artists. A very imaginative and talented artist indeed. . . .
James Meldrum’s paintings were first shown in London, then at Kozminsky galleries in Melbourne 1953. His large, colourful, surrealistic canvases depicting non functional furniture have appeared in many exhibitions and won him the 1971 Sulman Prize. He held about 30 solo exhibitions 1951 – 2006 including in London, Sydney and Melbourne. Widely traveled, his commissions included a number of mural commissions for architectural firms in Melbourne and Brisbane. . . .
MISSION STATEMENT: I am by instinct a realist artist whose driving force is to sing the praises of the Natural World and draw the viewer into the picture that viewer may share with the artist both the emotional and aesthetic experience involved. I enjoy as a viewer myself an eclectic taste in all visual art provided the artist knows his business in the pursuit of excellence, which is surely the bottom line of all creative effort. . . .
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JILL DEL MACE
Surrealism, Fantasy Art, Magic Realism, Photographic Realism, Art Deco and Art Nouveau are all art movements that have been linked to Gill’s work. Figurative art in wonderful images only Gill Del-Mace’s “Magic Realism” could evoke. Gill Del-Mace was born in the United Kingdom. The magic of the stage show was always part of her childhood, travelling with her father in stunts shows, theatres, and movie sets throughout Great Britain and Europe. These formative years provided the lifelong inspiration for a unique exploration of the theatrical and dramatic including the notion of fantasy art and exotic women. “Side Show” exhibition, brings to life a wonderful imagination. These painted memories, these characters and visions, are executed on canvas with loving detail and a potent ability. Characters, surreal, bizarre and magnetic in their presence, invite you into another world. From the conventional to the theatrical and the sensually erotic Gill’s beautifully and controlled art demonstrates she is fully in command of the painted subject. . . .
English born Jill Dixon is a practised sculptor who studied in Spain under Pedro Escalona & Chara Garci. She lives in the hinterland of Queensland Australia where she has her studio. Her work is very distinctive. Born of lifelong association with the arts, with innumable awards and solo exhibitions to her credit in Europe and Australia. Jill’s sculptures can be found in many private collections and a significant number of regional galleries, both in Australia and Europe. . . .
Brisbane artist John Worth grew up in the central goldfields town of Meekatharra in Western Australia. He has been working as an artist for over four decades establishing himself as a sculptor prior to a major creative shift to painting in recent years. His attitude is informed by a fascinating conjunction of his study and travel through Europe and Northern Africa during the sixties and seventies and his connections to both the outback and the urban Australian experience. . . .
Born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Jos (christened Jozef Wilhelmus Henrikus Cornelis) was the youngest of 5 children. Despite early leanings towards a variety of vocations including industrial chemistry, architecture and even a brief desire to become a monk – art was his calling. Jos simply could not stay away from it. He took serious art studies from age 10; painting his first oil at 12. A student of the Dutch Kunstnijverdheids School in the 1960s, Jos continued studies during the 1970s and 80s under the tutelage of Hollandâ€™s greatest living traditional artist, Cornelis le Mair. This collaboration ultimately led to Jos receiving the prestigious Diploma of Master Artist Life from the Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, in Belgium, in 1989. . . .
Beautiful paintings inspired from the home country of the artist; SPAIN. Jose Andres has exhibited in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy and is becoming renowned Internationally. . . .
Kaya Sulc was born in the Czech Republic and moved to Australia in 1951. From 1960-1963 he studied at The National Art School in Sydney. He currently lives and works in Cooroy, Queensland. His signature copper sculptures and vibrant paintings exhibit a facination with the human form. Sulc has been the recipient of many awards and is represented in private collections in Australia, Japan, Canada, Singapore, Germany, New Zealand and Switzerland. . . .
Kym Robert Laurence HART was born on 10 of October 1963. He was educated at Broken Hill High School. He is married to Debbie and has three sons, Samuel, Zachary and Joshua. Kym has exhibited his art in most country areas of Australia as well as major cities including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Darwin, Adelaide and Perth. Most of his art is painted in oils but he also uses gauche, water colours, etching, monotypes and block printing. He has travelled from the centre to the tropical north, and from the Simpson Desert to the southern coastal areas, and as a keen traveller, Kym has painted in a number of countries. He believes that, although he has visited many interesting and beautiful places, Broken Hill and outback NSW is the most exciting place for an artist to work with its history, vivid colours and vastly differing landscapes. Kym studied under many different teachers including his internationally famous father, Pro Hart. . . .
Born 1976 – Pretoria, South Africa. Lené concentrates on the refinement of beauty whether it be in representation of the human form or in the portrayal of wildlife. Her use of colour and line is quite sublime. It echoes her belief that beauty exists in its simplicity and naturalism. Since January 2000 Lené has devoted herself to her art full time and the collectable rewards become ever more pleasing. Lené’s work is very collectable aesthetically and as an investment in beauty and values for the future. In 2004 she was one of only four South Africans chosen from 87 worldwide to partake in the unity Series of limited edition prints for the Mandela Trust. Although some controversy has surrounded the launch in Davos, Switzerland in October 2004, this did not stop the demand for Lene’s work whose prints were the first to sell out completely. . . .
Wilhelmina (fondly called Lissy)was born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 1967, the eldest daughter of International world renowned artist Jos Kivits. Wilhelmina grew up in New Zealand in the 70’s and early 80’s. As a child she frequently observed her father working at his easel, mentally absorbing her fathers techniques and style of painting. It wasn’t until she reached her late 30’s that she started applying her innate & inherited skills and putting them into practice, and discovered the love of painting for herself. . . .
Lynda’s art refers to the tradition of representational art with emphasis on a return to nature. Private Collections: UK, Zimbabwe, Australia, Canada and South Africa. . . .
Mal has been awarded 32 prizes for his work in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia, including the Gold Coast City Art Prize on three occasions. His work is represented in collections in 18 countries and in Australia his works are represented in the public collections of the likes of Parliament House, Canberra and Brisbane, Artbank, Brisbane City, Bond University, Griffith University and the Commonwealth Club in Canberra. In corporate collections he has works in the Commonwealth bank, Qantas, OTC, CRA, AMP, Suncorp, Bond University, Radisson Resorts, Rydges Hotels, Ernst and Young, Brothers Neilsen, Conrad Jupiters, Warner Brothers, Bird-Cameron and Morris International. . . .
Maxwell Wilks – powerful slicing strikes of pastel, brilliant colour and energized movement, and alive gestural rendering of oil scenes typify his imaginative solutions to breathing new sensibilities into traditional representation. . . .
MICHAEL JOHN TAYLOR
Born in Sunderland, North England, in 1939. Michael is one of Australia’s most original and inspiring artists. He is a glorious painter, superb draughtsman and stimulating teacher. His achievements are numerous. He has won every major art prize down the east coast of Australia. . . .
TRIPPER PAINTER – OZLEM YENI (born January 12,1975) is an artist and academician. She is traveling around the World after finished her Phd about Theater Stage and Building. She studied The Paint at The University of Suleyman Demirel where she graduated before becoming a full time artist. Yeni attained a PhD in Performing Arts from The University of Dokuz Eylül (2011). She was a Research Assistant (1999-2011) at the same university. She is still a lecturer at The University of Suleyman Demirel Faculty of Fine Arts. . . .
Born in Brisbane 1950, Paul attended the Brisbane College of Art and worked in the fashion industry for ten years before becoming a full-time artist in 1980. His work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections in Australia as well as the USA, Canada, Argentina, South Africa, UK, France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan. . . .
A painter, print-maker and cartoonist, Sydney-born Kingston initially studied art with Justin O’Brien. He was a Pop artist in the 1970s and was involved with the Yellow House group in Potts Point, Sydney, with George Gittoes, Bruce Goold, John Lewis, Martin Sharp, Garry Shead and Brett Whiteley. In recent times he has focused on Sydney Harbour foreshore scenes and environmental subjects. . . .
Kevin “Pro” Hart was born in Broken Hill, NSW, Australia on May 30th 1928. He grew up on the family sheep station “Larloona” situated near Broken Hill, and he was educated by correspondence with this brother Bob, and their Mother as tutor. In his early twenties Pro moved to Broken Hill and worked underground as a miner. In 1960 he married Raylee June Tonkin and they had five children, three boys and two girls. From age seven,Pro loved to sketch and paint. He began taking his gift seriously in his early twenties when he first used painting as a creative outlet to keep him sane from underground life as a miner. To develop his gift, Pro attended a few local art classes but is mainly self-taught. He was discovered in 1962 by a gallery director in Adelaide. From there his success as an artist began to flourish. He was considered the father of the Australian Outback painting movement and his works are widely admired for capturing the true spirit of the outback. He was nicknamed “Professor” (hence “Pro”) during his younger days, when he was known as an inventor. . . .
Ritva Voutila was born in 1946 in Nokia, Finland. She spent her first twenty-two years in Finland, and came to Australia for the first time in 1968. After two and a half years working in Sydney she returned to Europe, and spend the next ten years in Canary Islands, Spain. She moved to Australia permanently in 1981. Before becoming a full time artist in 1983, she has worked as a garden designer, computer programmer/analyst and computer sales representative. The fine artist – Ritva first studied art at the School of Art and Design in Helsinki. In Sydney, she studied art at the Paddington Art School and the Julian Ashton School of Fine Arts. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Australia. Her first solo exhibition in 2003 at Gallery Lane, Leura, was a sell-out success. . . .
Robert Wade is a signature Member of the Australian Watercolour Institute and the American Watercolour Society. Born in Melbourne, Australia, 1930, the distinguished Australian artist, Robert A. Wade, has gained International acclaim. He has exhibited with most of the major Watercolour Societies in the World and won important awards in many countries. His work has received 12 major overseas awards, in England, France and USA, plus 93 awards in Australia. . . .
Ronnie TJAMPITJINPA – Born c. 1943. Language Pintupi. Community Kintore (Walungurru). Country Redbank (Ininti)Region Western Desert. Stories Water Dreaming, BushFire Dreaming, Tingari Cycle, Maliera (Initiation Ceremonies). Acclaimed as one of the most important Western Desert artists painting today, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa belongs to the esteemed original group of ‘Painting Men’ who commenced painting in the newly established 1960s township of Papunya. Ronnie is one of the few surviving original Papunya Tula shareholders, and is one of Papunya Tula’s major artists. . . .
STELLA GIMME NUNGARRAYI – Region: Balgo, Western Australia. Language group: Kukatja. Born: c1965. Stella was born near Balgo in Western Australian. She is the daughter of highly acclaimed Warlayirti artist Eubena Nampitjin and it was her influence which inspired Stella to begin painting. Like her mother, Stella’s paintings include depictions of sacred sites associated with the Kurri Kurri and Kunawarrawarra. . . .
Australian beaches reflect joy, hedonism, fun and of course the sun. Beneath this shimmering surface lies much more: confessor, critic, soul mate, and stranger. The beach, the expansive ocean and the motion of the waves begs the question – is it friend or foe? It can just as easily take and, then bestow its bounty on us. The seascape with its strength and rhythm may not have all the answers, but it will always be there for us, listening and healing delivering answers drawn from an ancient, collective memory of deep power and knowledge. There’s an affinity we feel for the sea, why we are drawn to the beach, both for frivolity and fun and in times of introspection. And then there is the indifference with which we treat the oceans and each other. My paintings take the viewer on a journey to the inner life of my subjects. The men in suits symbolize the power of governments, big business and the media. The neutrality of the sea allows us to envisage what truly is. . . .
WALANGKURA NAPANANGKA – Region: Kiwirrkurra. Language group: Pintupi. Born : c1946. Walangkura began her artistic career in 1995 by participating in the collaborative canvas project ‘Minyma Tjukurrpa’ between the Kintore and Haasts Bluff communities. She subsequently joined and began painting with Papunya Tula Artists in 1996. . . .
Wendy Sharpe is undoubtedly one of Australia’s greatest contemporary figurative painters, creating provocative and sensuous images of the human form. Often working directly from life, her paintings possess a spontaneity and directness that invites viewers to engage with the work on an emotional level. Sharpe has been awarded many prestigious accolades and scholarships including: The Portia Geach Memorial Prize (2003 and 1995); The Archibald Prize (1996); The Kedumba Drawing Prize (1995); The Mercedes Benz Travelling Scholarship (1999); The Sullman Prize (1986); The Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship (1986); Tenancy of the Denise Hickey Studio at Cite Des Arts in Paris (1986) The Robert Le Gay Bereton Drawing Prize. . . .
Werner was born in Austria in 1943 and migrated to Australia in 1950. His love for this country is imbued in his superb style of crisp and refreshing paintings. He is mainly self taught, previously working full time in his father’s hairdressing salon; he found the demand for his paintings increased to the extent that he chose to turn professional. A dedicated traditionalist artist, painting mainly in oils After initially specialising in rural and coastal scenes, Werner has broadened his choice of subject to include figures. His distinct unique style is always popular with art collectors and many overseas visitors and as a result; paintings adorn the walls of homes in many countries. The demand for traditional art has not diminished and is evident in the great success of Werner’s many exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. . . .
Silk Thread woven African Art from Ghana. “Great Art stirs the senses, unique art touches the Soul”. Emmanuel Yeboah’s original silk thread artwork is Unique, no two are the same. His wife Gloria Yeboah is also very involved with the making of these silk thread artworks. Her fingers are smaller so she does much of the detailed work. Emmanuel relies on her for new ideas and even the use of new textiles. . . .