Tag Archives: Newcastle

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 […]

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; […]

We Get By

We Get By in 2015 | Showcasing emerging artists

In 2013 the concept for We Get By was developed, it was to be an art exhibition to encourage and showcase emerging artists aged 40 years and younger. The desire was of course to offer support to younger and emerging artists who still had time to build their careers in the visual arts and to […]

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 […]

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 & […]

Matthew Perceval, Australian Artist

Australian artist Matthew Perceval, a local Newcastle identity..

Cooks Hill Galerries and Matthew Perceval have had a long standing artist/gallery relationship over 2 decades. I can therefore say Matthew is not an ordinary artist if indeed there is one! Matthew has come from an art dynasty, perhaps a background most of us can’t understand. He comes from significant Australian artistic families namely the […]