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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 […]

Art Affair Mark Widdup

What turns you on?

It seems to me those without art are missing the rewards of ownership of which there are many.Art provides a setting and environment to live amongst! Imagine coming home to a house empty and void of artwork? It is pleasurable and enjoyable to collect. One can spend a lifetime developing a collection or buying infrequently. […]

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The art of passion, have you got it?

I was reminded by a question asked of me this week, what do you like about working at the gallery? I was tested for a moment and then commenced to suggest the primary enjoyment is discovering, viewing and qualifying fine artworks. It doesn’t matter if it is amateur, mid career artist or an established artist. […]

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 […]

The Red Tablecloth by Charles Blackman | Art Affair | Cooks Hill Galleries

Mark Widdup on Australian Art Valuations

MARKET VALUATIONS Market value is required when one needs to qualify a fair valuation of what an artwork should be sold for; i.e. a reasonable fair value, based on similar artwork coming to the market in recent years by the same artist that possesses comparative criteria namely of size, subject, medium, year, condition. When assessing […]

Bruce Rowland, Mark Widdup and a CHG client | Art Collection Advice | Art Affair | Mark Widdup

Australian Art Collection Advice from Mark Widdup

WHY COLLECT ART? The visual arts have been appreciated and have adorned our walls and living spaces for centuries. It has been acknowledged as an asset, an expression of wealth and decoration over the ages. Furthermore it has been viewed as a hedge against difficult times as a store of wealth, particularly in times of […]

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 […]