Category Marks Thoughts

nigel milsom

Nigel Milsom – Focus Reigns

Australian artist Nigel Milsom paints by what he lives! He says, ‘It is all my world based on experience, not invented’. He pulls and attracts elements together to build his compositions. The art appears as an enchanted world surrounded by; intrigue, expectation, suspense, and focal impact. The power and energy emitting from Milsom’s art is […]

tracey smith

Tracey Smith Finalist in the 2016 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW

One day late last month at 6:20 am I texted CHG represented artist Tracey Smith. I didn’t expect a reply till mid-morning after her children were at school. Not so! Tracey was up and about, preparing for meditation. Oh how I admire the early risers in this world! Tracey’s text back informed me that she […]

Andrew Bennett Artist

Changes to self managed super fund rules for investing in art… What you need to know!

The Australian Financial Review 19-20th September, wrote a fine piece on Impending SMSF rule changes are affecting the art world noting the looming date to get your super art sorted, the deadline approaches! In essence it said the art purchased in the past within a super fund needs to be stored, or rented to a […]

art

Want to be happier?

Beautiful environments adorned with art are healthy!! Providing you with more happiness and contentment within your home. WHAT A STATEMENT!!! Well it’s true by several measures the however I will expand upon. With property prices as they are, homes become one of our most expensive cash outlays in life. However when you purchase your castle, […]

ken strong

The Storm – A thank you and who and what was affected!

Growing up in Sydney (especially in the summer during my teenage years) storms were common. You would feel the temperature drop, the wind travel across the bay and the front has arrived! Sometimes there was a sound preceding the wind, followed by what we called a squall – rain and wind combined. A little history; […]

My emotional visit to Gallipoli

Last year I wrote a blog for ANZAC Day focused on the occasion, however this year’s is focusing on the human experience. During a visit to Turkey 4 years ago our family went to Gallipoli much to the encouragement of our daughter who studied the event at school. The anticipation to visit Gallipoli meant it […]

mark widdup

What do we want? A reflection on New Years Day 2015

What do we want? Hot, wet, humid without turkey or ham with less formality and the cricket season has started. The tennis tragic waiting for the first of the championship series in Perth followed by Brisbane, Sydney and the ‘Australian Open’ in Melbourne. When you have time I lament the newspapers are smaller – less […]

rod bathgate

Is this Australia’s best pastel artist?

Rod Bathgate has been a long term exhibitor at Cooks Hill Galleries, one of Australia’s leading commercial art galleries. Arguably one of Australia’s most accomplished pastel artists, he captures the Newcastle coastal seascape panorama with the familiarity and comfort of a local! He is the definitive Newcastle artist, having grown up at the beach with […]

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 […]

christophe-stibio

A studio visit: The last stop on my recent art tour of Melbourne…

I walked the stairs to the loft studio, opened the door – off white walls and louvers wooden blinds, the room was uncluttered, a bench mid wall, cuttings on the floor, a low based seat at the end of the room and a canvas sheet covering most of the floor. I could have been anywhere, […]