Category Australian Art Commentary

William Dobell Australian Artist

Australian Artist William Dobell is just next door !!!

William Dobell (Sir) (b. 24/9/1899 – 13/5/1970) Cooks Hill Galleries is in its 39th year of business. Actually the galleries birthday is 16th August! When I purchased the gallery building it was just 1/3 of the size it is today! Years after purchasing the building my father said to me ‘you bought the wrong building, […]

Art is Art | Art Affair from Mark Widdup

“I’m an artist”

My thoughts on the depreciation of the word art, its use, and application. I believe we are seeing the widespread devaluation of original art as a result. Is this appropriate? Although art’s supposed proliferation brings one to ask… What is art and its boundaries anyway?! I was speaking to a gallery visitor from Brisbane today […]

Australian Artist, Rod Bathgate

Has Australian Artist Rod Bathgate Perfected Pastel Painting?

Have you ever tried using a pastel? It breaks into pieces, is dusty, dirty, and when you work/draw down the paper the palm of ones hand usually rubs the image you have just perfected! Somewhat frustrating until you learn some tricks and skills. It’s wonderful to watch a professional artist who understands the medium and […]

Australian Artist Harry Pidgeon in his Art Studio at Home. Buy art online at CooksHillGalleries.com.au. ARTAFFAIR.COM.AU

A glimpse of Harry Pidgeon, Australian Artist at Home

Harry Pidgeon is one of our established exhibiting Australian artists at Cooks Hill Galleries. These photos are with his wife at their home south of Sydney. As you would expect by Harry’s meticulous art style his studio is a reflection of this – clean as a pin! Watercolour painters always astound me as they often […]

"Pavillion On Sea" by James Willebrant, Australian Artist | Art Affair

The story of James Willebrant, Australian Artist and Newcastle

I first met James Willebrant – (Australian Artist) in the late 1970’s perhaps 1977. I previously became interested in his paintings after first viewing them in art magazines and at Kym Bonython Galleries, then located in Elizabeth Street, Paddington, Sydney. My initial fascination was with the figure within his paintings exhibiting few human features in […]

Charles Blackman and Mark Widdup | Welcome to Mark Widdup's Art Affair | Mark Widdup

Welcome to Mark Widdup’s Art Affair

Art Affair | Collecting Australian art. Buying and selling Australian art. Australian art investment advice. Australian art commentary. Art Affair is a place for Mark Widdup to share his art knowledge, developed over 40 years of being an integral part of the Australian art industry. As an active commercial art gallery owner dealing with peoples art requests, purchase, investment and […]