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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 […]

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 […]

Mark Widdup & Australian Artist, James Kearns

“My association with Kearnsy, the booze and Australia’s most famous artist…” Part 2 of The James Kearns Story

My associations with James Kearns or ‘Kearnsy’ go to the more recent years after he has established a painting focus, for really quite a short period – 4 years. Underneath though art continued a passion for James however the school boy culture continued. Wild alcoholic binges would lead to fighting and challenging other males as […]

James Kearns | Australian Artist

‘Taming the ‘Mickey” Part 1 of The James Kearns Story

“After a stint in rehab for alcohol, huge growth in maturity and understanding of himself, he decided he was put on this planet to create art.” MW ‘Mickey’ is aussie slang for a wild, unbranded , and untamed bull, one whose spirit runs in conflict with the intention of its handlers. Likened to this is […]

Art gallery commission on art sales | ArtAffair.com.au

Art gallery commission on art sales – What do artists get for their money?

Firstly and one of the most primary is they provide a market place for an artist’s work which is the only recognised real market participation/ environment that is proven. They need to have an established market price, a reputation and develop a following, independent from self marketing. Private art trading is not visible to the […]

Brett Whiteley's 'Nobby's Head and the Entrance to Newcastle'

Whiteley is in the air…

Brett Whiteley is certainly newsworthy at the moment! In Newcastle the major sculpture titled ‘Black Totem II’ (1993) was installed at the entrance to the Newcastle Art Gallery (NAG) this week after some negotiation by NAG Director Ron Ramsey. I’m sure you have read the story as to its history, two excellent articles here:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-26/brett-whiteley-statue-heading-to-newcastle/5046264 & […]

Self Managed Super Funds and Investing in Art | ArtAffair.com.au

Self Managed Super Funds (SMSF) The brakes are on buying art.… Why?

I have written this piece because several of our clients are still not aware of this change in circumstances and how it affects them. The previous Federal Government (Labor) in July 2011, removed the incentives for trustees to purchase art via a Self Managed Super fund! This act directly effected businesses i.e. those involved with […]