This image: King of Loneliness, 2018, oil on Belgian linen                                                                                  Featured image: 刘 Shan Shui Australis/ Liu Dapeng

Vermillion Art Gallery is hosting a solo exhibition, featuring paintings by contemporary Chinese-Australian artist Dapeng Liu. The exhibition, titled Shan Shui Australis, will be the Dapeng Liu’s first solo exhibition as a professional artist. The official opening of the exhibition will launch on the 9th of August.

Dapeng Liu is a Sydney-based artist who primarily works with oil paint on canvas. His works showcased in Vermilion Art’s Shan Shui Australis exhibition explore the dichotomy between the East and the West as well as the cyclical nature of time. For the most part, this exhibition will showcase paintings that are concerned with the environment and landscapes that influence the artist. Continue reading SHAN SHUI AUSTRALIS – LIU DAPENG’S 1ST SOLO SHOW


This image: tomorrow, InshAllah series, 2016-2017  (Pierced copper, dimensions variable Image by Dean Beletich)                                                                                                                                                            Featured image: Title: Adorned, Wisdom, Memory and Song, 2017, video still (courtesy Adorned)

‘New Sacred — A joint role exhibition encouraging curatorial dialogue across greater Sydney, is a project that introduces the first collaborative exchange between Parramatta Artists Studios in Western Sydney and Mosman Art Gallery, located on Sydney’s North Shore. The exhibition showcases the work of nine mid-career artists who are current residents and alumni of the Parramatta Artists Studios. Continue reading NEW SACRED – A JOINT ROLE EXHIBITION


Featured image: LAKE by Vaclovas Ratas

Baltic Artists in Australia – Celebrating 100 Years’ is a retrospective group exhibition of artists living and working in Australia, with origins from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

2018 marks 100 years since all three Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – first declared their independence. These have been rather eventful 100 years and unfortunately following the World War II all three countries were occupied for several decades. During the war, many people escaped its horrors and afterward the pressures of an occupied society in search of freedom and peaceful life. By now a third generation has grown up calling Australia their home, with origins from one of the Baltic countries. Continue reading BALTIC ARTISTS IN AUSTRALIA – CELEBRATING 100 YEARS


This image: Luo Yang, Xie Yue (from the series GIRLS), 2015, digital print on fine art paper, edition 6+2AP                                                                                                                                                                                Featured image: Chen Qing Qing, A Long Match, 2014, Installation, 54x30x15cm (framed)

Vermilion Art is thrilled to announce an exciting and relevant  exhibition, SWORN SISTERS. The exhibition presents a collection of artworks by nine emerging and established female artists from China, including Chen Qingqing, Feng Ling, Hu Ming, Li Lin Lin, Geng Xue, Cindy Ng, Rose Wong and Xiao Lu.

Curated by the former ambassador to China, Geoff Raby, SWORN SISTERS will be the first exhibition to be held in Australia that features exclusively contemporary Chinese women artists.

By including women artists that resist and subvert not only the male gaze, but the male dominated art world, Vermilion Art hopes that the exhibition challenges stereotypes of Chinese woman as submissive and passive homemakers. By extension, SWORN SISTERS serves as a kind of intervention, to celebrate and acknowledge female agency and subjectivity within art and broader society. Continue reading SWORN SISTERS – CHALLENGING STEREOTYPES AT VERMILION ART



Featured image – President and CEO of Imagine Entertainment Tom Zaller wth one of the exhibits. All pics by Ben Apfelbaum. 

REAL BODIES : THE EXHIBITION, a thought provoking display of human anatomy, made  its Sydney debut at the Byron Kennedy Hall at the Entertainment Quarter on Saturday 14th April, 2018 for a limited time.

This powerful exhibition explores life by displaying twenty real, perfectly preserved human bodies and over 200 anatomical specimens.

These exhibits are displayed in 11 galleries with themes such as Breathe, Exploring The Respiratory System, Rhythm, Revealing The Delicate Interconnectedness Of The Respiratory System, Love, Presenting the Science Of Physical Attraction, and more. Continue reading REAL BODIES : THE EXHIBITION


This image: Michael Brand and David Gonski congratulate indigenous artist Betty Kuntiwa Pumani winner of the Wynne Prize 2017. (Photo: Ben Apfelbaum) Featured Image: Archibald Prize 2017 winner Mitch Cairns with his sitter and partner Agatha Goth-Snape

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike.

Each year, the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW judge the Archibald and, Wynne and invite an artist to judge the Sulman. The 2018 judge is Angela Tiatia.

Visit the exhibition to vote for your favourite portrait in the ANZ People’s Choice award before voting closes and see the work of budding artists aged 5-18 on display in the Young Archies.


‘Pareidolia’ – Vermilion Art

Featured image: Geng Xue, Rolling futile, 2018, ink on paper, 95x181cm

Vermilion Art presents artworks by 2018 Sydney Biennale artist, Geng Xue, and young contemporary ink artist Sun Ziyao. in PAREIDOLIA.

The phenomenon of pareidolia refers to the human tendency to perceive connection or make meaning from ambiguous or random stimuli, for instance, when we see the shape of a face in a cloud formation, or an image or pattern within nature or on an everyday object. Continue reading ‘Pareidolia’ – Vermilion Art


Beechworth XII by Robert Klein-Boonschate

Robert Klein-Boonschate‘s latest exhibition BEECHWORTH will open February 20th  at the Frances Keevil Gallery.

This exhibition of large oil paintings and drawings are from the country of the Dugion people near Beechworth.  Paintings of the mosses and lichen-covered boulders, pines and gum trees. These impressive works reveal the complex interplay of the micro and macro realities in nature where energy seems limitless and each moment explores all possibility.

The exhibition runs 20th February to 11th March with a Meet the Artist event Tuesday 20th February, 6 – 8pm.

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This image: Wang Lifeng, Ji-6, mixed media on paper, 2015-2017, 38x65cm                                Banner image: Wang Lifeng, Ji-5, mixed media on paper, 2015-2017, 65x114cm

Opening 14 February 2018, Vermilion Art  [Facebook] presents the first exhibition of the year, a solo exhibition by Beijing-based artist Wang LifengARCHIVES OF LONGING Continue reading WANG LIFENG: ARCHIVES OF LONGING – CURATED BY GUAN WEI


This image: resin sculptural work by Melbourne artist Kate Rohde                                                                Banner image: Sydney Ball, Canto IX, 2003, screenprint

Home@735 Gallery’s Art Month exhibition titled ‘Colour & Form’ will feature wall works and objects by a stellar line-up of Australian artists including Sydney Ball, Tomislav Nikolic, Angela Brennan, Jonny Niesche, Sean Meilak and Louise Tuckwell. Continue reading COLOUR AND FORM AT HOME@735 GALLERY


This image: METASTATIC Bec Litvan
Banner image: SOLNUSHKAH Bec Litvan

The new exhibition at 107 Projects, Redfern is PRIMA BELLA by  Sydney artist Bec Litvan.

For Litvan, her mother is her sole inspiration. Diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer, Bec’s mother underwent a double mastectomy, 26 rounds of chemotherapy and 29 sessions of radiotherapy before finally being declared clear of the disease.

With her mother’s mastectomy bras as a canvas, Litvan began to create sculptures that celebrated the scars and landscapes of a cancer-ravaged body. Her art practice grew from there.

“The fact that there’s a chance that my work could help [my mum’s] self confidence totally validates my art making,” says Litvan who will also be conducting an Art Making Workshop with curator Jackie Terrett .

Bec Litvan’s  exhibition, PRIMA BELLA, is at 107 Projects: Window Box and there is a fantastic in-depth interview with the artist at their blog. 


Mami Kataoka :Artistic Director of 21st Biennale of Sydney
Image: Daniel Boud

Japanese theatre director Akira Takayama invites Sydney residents to perform a song or poem that was taught to them by their ancestors handed down through generations and across geographies, on the stage of Centennial Hall in Sydney Town Hall (pictured) on 28 January 2018. The song or poem can be in any language, no prior auditions or rehearsals are required, and participants of all abilities are invited to take part. Continue reading SYDNEYSIDERS INVITED TO SING THEIR HERITAGE


This image: Benjamin Silver, Bowral High School Transmigration (detail) Banner image: Kaitlin Smith. St Josephs Regional College. Dead in the Water – Shelving the Plans for The Great Barrier Reef

ARTEXPRESS is one of the Art Gallery of NSW’s most popular annual exhibitions, showcasing outstanding student artworks created by NSW students for the 2017 Higher School Certificate Visual Arts examination. Continue reading ART EXPRESS 2018


Image Above: Horizons 3 by Annabel Butler. Banner Image: Windows to the Sea 4 by Annabel Butler Photographs: Annabel Butler

Froghollow Studios has a long history as a studio for artists in the inner city area of Sydney. Originating near the infamous Frog Hollow Reserve in Surry Hills, it moved to a larger space on William Street in 2000. Smaller in size now, it is one of the few remaining artist studio spaces in the inner city that provides traditional atelier spaces in contrast to the rapid rise of desk-based co-working spaces.  The exhibition will celebrate the longevity of  Froghollow. Continue reading FROG HOLLOW STUDIOS: ANNUAL EXHIBITION


THE LADY AND THE UNICORN  tapestry series is one of the greatest surviving textiles from the European Middle Ages; a rare masterpiece of French art. Travelling for only the third time outside France since the series was designed in Paris circa 1500, the six magnificent tapestries can be viewed exclusively at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney in 2018.   10 Feb – 24 Jun 2018



This Image: DEAD FISH – Hell Pixie and Snapper Colour Photograph by David Porteous     Banner Image: SHIPWRECKED Framed Print by Digital Artist Carolyn Kenrick

Artists4.life 2017 is a Group Art Exhibition giving both emerging and established Australian Artists exposure to new audiences, whilst also raising money for humanitarian aid.

Artists4.life is raising funds for Médecins Sans Frontières, the world’s leading independent organisation for medical humanitarian aid.

The Corner Gallery, Stanmore  is on the Corner Percival and Myrtle Street Stanmore Continue reading ARTISTS 4. LIFE: NEW EXHIBITION

Through a glass, darkly

Objects from THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY : Emilio Cresciani  at gaffa 

Spaghetti junctions, highways and roads. They connect people and products. They cut new paths through cities, suburbs and the bush, bringing consumers and consumables together.

‘THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY’ is an exhibition of works by Emilio Crescani in which he uses an aspect of western Sydney car culture, recycling car yards, to highlight environmental issues.

A Blacktown car recycling yard houses hundreds of smashed cars, row upon row. Their bonnets up, car-lovers stroll through the space to purchase spare engine parts. Of course the windscreens are one component that cannot be reused.

As I cut them out from the cars the safety glass stayed intact and I realised the interesting patterns look like street networks seen from above.”

This series continues my exploration of redundancy, waste and urban change. My interest is in objects, structures and the urban landscape, and in particular the increasing number of ‘non-places’ that fill our environment. Beauty is found in these places and products of repulsion, neglect or obsolescence.”

THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY is at gaff ( 281 Clarence Street, Sydney) until December 4.   For more information visit:


British Museum Presents : Hokusai : After The Great Wave


This latest film as part of the British Museum Presents/strong> series is a fascinating look at the life and times of Katsushika Hokusai , who is often regarded as Japan’s greatest artist , in the exhibition that was in London at the British Museum May 25 – August 13 2017. Continue reading British Museum Presents : Hokusai : After The Great Wave


Design exhibition exclusive to Powerhouse Museum
The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) will open a major contemporary design exhibition on 2 March 2018 to celebrate the 20th SYDNEY DESIGN FESTIVAL  Curated by and exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, COMMON GOOD explores design trends in Australia and neighbouring regions and the positive design-lead responses to social, ethical and environmental challenges.
“Design practice is constantly evolving, reacting to the challenges of its time. With COMMON GOOD we examine the place of ground-breaking designers from our region in shaping solutions for our future society,” said MAAS Director and CEO, Dolla Merrillees.
MAAS is pleased to be working with a new generation of socially-engaged designers from Australia and Asia, to both display and acquire works through this exhibition.”
“The Asia-Pacific is our creative commons. This exhibition is an opportunity to broaden our lens to explore the work and practices of a new generation of designers who are boldly taking action to affect positive change and influence long-term sustainability in our region,” said exhibition curator, Keinton Butler.
COMMON GOOD  surveys contemporary design practices from Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Designers from a range of disciplines and countries are profiled, including leading international designers and architects NendoStudio SwineBijoy JainJo NagasakaKwangho Lee and WOHA, as well as globally recognised local designers Ken WongLucy McRae and Henry Wilson.
The exhibition is framed by five themes that address increasingly complex challenges including housing affordability, waste management, population pressures and technological obsessions. 
Life Cycles explores emerging sustainable design practices in a reference library of design materials, including those made from industrial and agricultural waste. Award-winning Japanese designers AMAM demonstrate how algae and agar bio-materials can be used in packaging that could ultimately replace non-biodegradable plastics. The Life Cycles resource library will be made available during and beyond the exhibition, contributing to the education of emerging designers. 
AMAM research shell waste in Ishinomak
 Return to Craft profiles contemporary designers preserving cultural heritage through collaborative projects with artisans, craftspeople and manufacturers. Crafts such as woodworking, enamelware, ceramics and weaving are being given new relevance when worked by technologically driven designers. For instance, South Korean designer Kwangho Lee is reviving the ancient practice of Ott-chil high-gloss lacquering in projects such as the New Armor stool. Such projects bring fresh attention to otherwise forgotten traditions and can contribute to the survival of centuries-old crafts.
Kwangho Lee
 Connected Experiences demonstrate the ability of technology to generate social awareness and influence personal behaviour. In an exclusive commission for MAAS called Watermelon Sugar Wellness Lab, graphic designer and visual artist Pamm Hong invites you into an immersive installation where your online behaviour is transformed into a personalized virtual organism, providing a health check on your digital engagement habits.
Community Engagement explores projects that address social integration and poverty in the face of rapid urbanisation as well as international development initiatives and fully integrated, collaborative design concepts.
Design Fictions considers the role of the designer in shaping our future. Through their speculative and critical design projects, designers are questioning and debating the possible social implications of our scientific and technological developments, through carefully staged fictional scenarios. The Rare Earthenware project by Unknown Fields is the result of an expedition to Inner Mongolia, in which toxic mud was taken from a radioactive rare earth tailings lake and used to craft a set of ceramic vessels into the shape of highly valuable and recognisable Ming dynasty porcelain vases. Each vessel is sized in relation to the amount of waste created in the production of three items of technology: a smartphone, a laptop and an electric car battery cell. Such projects shape our patterns of excessive consumption and waste into powerful statements.


Unknown Fields
Picture: Toby Smith
COMMON GOOD opens as part of the Sydney Design Festival, an annual celebration of design with over 100 events at venues across Sydney from 2 – 11 March 2018.
For more infomation about COMMON GOOD or the 2018 SYDNEY DESIGN FESTIVAL visit