Category Marks Thoughts

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, […]

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 […]

Susan Sheridan

The accentuated subtleties of Susan Sheridan

I first saw Australian artist Susan Sheridan’s work at the Strawberry Hills Gallery*, Surrey Hills in the 1970’s and was captivated by the serenity! Words of description and observations along the lines of – muted tones, atmospheric, impressionistic, sublime, dreamy, understatement and capturing a feeling, all described her art convincingly. Nature is the all pervading […]

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 […]