Category Australian Art Commentary

nigel milsom artist

Was Nigel Milsom’s 2015 Archibald Prize Winning Painting Inspired by Dobell and Bacon?

Who’s Artist‘s pallet! OR Who’s in whose head? When was it any different? The mention of the ‘Archibald Prize’ presented yearly at the Art Gallery of NSW continues to attract controversy! Much attention has been made about Nigel Milsom’s 2015 Archibald win; the subject being barrister Charles Waterstreet and the comparisons being made! Francis Bacon’s […]

mark widdup

Mark Widdup’s 2014 Christmas Message

Problems, problems… No, consider them as challenges! Is there a simple yet obvious way to defuse the chaos at times surrounding us all with the Christmas festive season upon us? My recommendation to defuse the tension at this time. Close your eyes for 60 seconds and take 3 deep breaths and slowly exhale, do this […]

Mark Widdup

As we approach our 40th Birthday a brief history of Cooks Hill Galleries from CHG Director Mark Widdup

As we approach our 40th Birthday I wanted to share with you a brief history of the Gallery over the last 40 years, for which I have been at the helm of from the tender age of 22! I’ve steered the good ship CHG, laden with art, exhibitions, characters, celebrities, community and good times through all manner […]

pro hart

Pro Hart: ‘His paintings are like the tide! They come into the gallery, sell and go out !!’

Pro Hart is arguably the most known and one of the most successful Australian artists across all sectors of the Australian art world. He was controversial, accepted by some and shunned by others, however there is no doubting his significant imprint on the Australian art landscape. Perhaps most enduring for me is the encouragement first […]

Sidney Nolan Art

This ANZAC Day Spare a Thought…

My father, born 1921, died 3 years ago, was of the mindset or generation who deliberately chose not to talk about his war years! In fact, as far as I recall most of his experience or memorabilia was never presented to the family. My children, in more recent years encouraged my father to reveal old […]

bruce rowland

Bruce Rowland: At a time where conceptual art reigns – where is his place?

Rowland is an enigma in today’s contemporary world of art! At a time where conceptual art reigns – where is his place in art? A figurative painter who has studied art of the earlier periods he is contradicted in what he appreciates i.e. abstract Australian artists of the 1960’s and backwards. Namely from Olsen, Passmore […]

James Kearns. Artist

“His relationship with the country, artistic style and the promise of future success…” Part 3 of The James Kearns Story

The Australian countryside has allured many an artist but what makes James’ vision different? Very recently paintings delivered to the gallery unframed, simply rolled up emphasised the oneness he has with the bush and its rawness. Out of necessity with the immediacy and desire applied to the art surface, his painting captures ageing, harshness on […]