Visual Arts


Anthony Lister, a Brisbane artist who staged a one-night only art installation at the heart of Kings Cross ten years ago, did the same again – this time coming back with a vengeance to add colour and life to this one-time bustling entertainment precinct. 

Lister’s latest exhibition `Culture is Over’ opened on Wednesday July 17 at the old Porky’s entertainment venue in Darlinghurst Road Kings Cross to packed audiences. The abandoned nightclub was cleaned up for the pop-up art installations and restored temporarily to its former glory to accommodate a mix of paintings, sculptures and lighting on display.  The queue to get-in was long – due to the outstanding support for this event, but with security guards on duty and excellent catering by Fishbowl, the evening became a breeze.

In returning to Sydney having toured around the world creating his type of public artworks, the artist was somewhat dismayed at the post-lockout laws embracing the character of this suburb. Taking the initiative to strike a chord where he left-off a decade ago, Lister put-together this amazing show inviting Sydney to his trip down memory lane.

Many Sydneysiders share his beliefs and look forward to seeing this iconic suburbia experience a new lease in life in the not too distant future.

(All pics by Denver Mottau)


Leading contemporary Australian artist Diana Watson’s latest exhibition ‘Foscari Chapter’ is now on at Gallery One, located at The Brickworks in Southport. The first solo exhibition for Diana at Gallery One opened with ‘Drinks with the Artist’ on Saturday afternoon 13 July 2019.  Gallery clients and visitors were thrilled to meet and congratulate Diana on her new work. 

The internationally renowned artist has received critical acclaim for her evocative still life paintings. Watson’s art has been part of more than 40 solo and 26 group exhibitions in Australia, Italy and the US. Her work is held in collections all around the world. Continue reading DIANA WATSON FOSCARI CHAPTER EXHIBITION OPENS


The latest exhibition at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries is Kathryn McGovern’s FASHIONED FROM NATURE .

McGovern’s exhibition focuses on the interactions between animals and human beings sharing the planet. McGovern is based in Brisbane. In most of her work she concentrates on endangered species . McGovern’s anthropomorphic creations in watercolour, gouache and ink show the idea of the imposition of the human aesthetic of beauty on nature through artifice and intervention and simultaneously derive inspiration from the impact of fashion on the natural world – blending ecological awareness and fashion.

The works are exquisite , incredibly detailed and range in size , some small some quite large all beautifully presented. If you look closely you possibly see completely different things from if you are standing further back so the exhibition bears repeated viewing and you notice other things each time. Continue reading TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES KATHRYN MCGOVERN FASHIONED FROM NATURE


There is a new gallery in Paddington, the Concetta Antico Gallery, 469 Oxford Street. Concetta is originally from Sydney, moved to the U.S. for 33 years and returned only a few months ago with her family to open her gallery. Concetta is a tetrachromat, meaning she has four colour receptors instead of the usual three. Tetrachromacy is the condition of possessing four independent channels for conveying colour information, or possessing four types of cone cell in the eye. About one in 10,000 women are tetrachromats, and I am one of them, too. It simply means I see more of the colour spectrum’s variations than trichromats.

To confirm that I was a tetrachromat, I went to the School of Optometry at the University of NSW and worked my way through a couple of hours of identifying colour variations on numerous charts and palettes. The examiner was 99% certain I have this fourth colour receptor because my son is colour blind. That part remains a bit of mystery to me. At first, I was chuffed to have this special colour vision. But, being an artist ( I then realised people don’t see my paintings the way I see them. And it put me off painting! And it is rather annoying to point out a rainbow that nobody else sees. What else do I see others don’t? Continue reading THE CONCETTA ANTICO GALLERY PADDINGTON OPENS ITS DOORS


The latest from the team that brought us Caravaggio: The Soul and The Blood and Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of Water and Light is THE PRADO MUSEUM A COLLECTION OF WONDERS .

It is perhaps at times a bit overwhelming and excessively rich as we explore the history, building, and many famous works housed in the collection of the Prado Museum .

Dramatically narrated by Jeremy Irons we learn of the Museum’s two hundred year history and view some of its collection.There are interviews with curators and we see a little of the fascinating conservation and restoration work that is involved. Included are spectacular landscape shots and the interior and exterior of the building and how now the Museum is for The People bringing art to the masses, a living museum that moves and changes . Fascinating footage is included of a touring section of the Museum during the early 1930’s and how the Museum survived the Spanish Civil War and World War 11.

Six centuries of Spanish history are covered – we see various portraits and learn the history of its of kings and queens, from Ferdinand of Aragon’s marriage to Isabella of Castile – which marked the beginning of the great Spanish empire – and various later painters, artists, architects, collectors, curators, intellectuals and visitors.

A painting or other artwork can be analysed as colour, canvas ( or other media) , form and, matter, but it is also the story of men and women, both rich and poor, rulers and artists ,queens and palaces . Interviews include ,for example ,the director of the Prado, Miguel Falomir and Sir Norman Foster, the architect who worked alongside Carlos Rubio to carry out the restoration of the Salón de Reinos and its conversion into a museum.

The Prado was founded in 1819 – thanks to Ferdinand VII’s wife, Maria Isabella of Bragranza, and her love of art – and its collection has been further developed over the years thanks to the great foresight of rulers and art historians who selected works by the great masters from all over Europe. So viewers see how art is an international language with no real barriers .

There are over eight thousand works housed in the Prado’s extraordinary collection .The documentary concentrates particularly on the works by Goya ( eg his paintings The Third of May and The Fifth of May but also his nightmare paintings Los Caprichos and how this was social critique of the time ) and Velasquez ( eg :Las Meninas and his other incredible court portraits ) but also there are mentions of Lorca , Caravaggio, Dali,  Picasso,  Botticelli, Rubens , Bosch , Giordarno,  Guido Reni, Mantegna, Durer, Brueghel, de Zubaran ,Tintoretto, El Greco, Titian and and and … so many famous paintings! Not forgetting, to name but a few, the sculptures, glass work, tapestries, a special clock collection and a photographic collection and archive.

We see both long panning shots of various rooms of the Prado and some of the works are photographed in great close up and analysed by various experts and curators .There are also fiery sequences of Flamenco dance linked in with discussion about the Spanish soul and history and how this links in with the paintings; the contrast between body and soul, wealth , nobility and misery, The history of the female nude in particular is examined and how it is linked to ‘mythological ‘ paintings , and also the male nude and homo-eroticism . Another interesting issue raised is the lack of representation of female painters.

This was a fascinating look at the Prado’s collection. As Picasso said “ Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Running time 90 mins ( approx.) no interval

THE PRAO MUSEUM A COLLECTION OF WONDERS screens at selected arthouse cinemas from July 13 2019


Inspired by nature and botanical forms this exhibition focus on recent and new works by Annarie.

Through the medium of printmaking Annarie seeks to celebrate nature’s beauty and the notion of balance.

Her exploration of negative space and repetition parallels our intrinsic desire for balance and becomes an interesting design element in itself.

“The wonderful thing about using shadows and repetition is that it completely alters the image from something straightforward to something more intriguing and engaging”.

Through these works she invites the viewer to make time for the things that quietens and unwind us.

Wednesday 17 July to Saturday 27 July 2019; Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am to 4pm Saturdays, 10am to 2pm. The venue is White Rino Artspace, Level 1 62 Atchison Street, St Leonards

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Anthony Lister, one of Australia’s most internationally renowned contemporary artists has announced a Sydney anniversary pop up show, kicking off with an exclusive exhibition opening night event on Wednesday 17 July at 7:00pm.

In 2009, Lister held a one night only pop up art event in Sydney’s King Cross titled No Win Sitch. The exhibition was an onsite installation taking place in the notorious Porky’s Strip Club on the red-light strip. The installation was quickly met with hundreds of people gathering on Darlinghurst Road eager to participate in the fleeting pop up. Continue reading ANTHONY LISTER : CULTURE IS OVER EXHIBITION


Artbank has launched its latest exhibition, bringing together a large body of visual and digital work by 12 Indigenous artists from the Nyapari community in South Australia.

Two years in the making, the community-led exhibition tells Tjukurpa (sacred stories) in a unique and innovative way using different mediums including painting, ink drawing and performance video. The exhibition is particularly important as it is during the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Some of the videos on display include the native language of the artists. There is supporting material available with translations and essays explaining the work.

The exhibition will be on display at Artbank’s Sydney gallery, 222 Young Street, Waterloo Mondays to Fridays (9am to 5pm) until 4 November 2019.

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This is the story of one of the world’s most iconic images. Martin Bailey explains why Van Gogh painted a series of still lives in Provence. He then explores the subsequent adventures of the seven paintings, and their continuing influence on modern art. Through the Sunflowers, we gain fresh insights into Van Gogh’s life and his path towards fame. Based on original research, the book is packed with discoveries – throwing new light on the legendary artist.

In 1888 Van Gogh left for Provence to settle in Arles. That summer he produced what would become his most iconic  works, a series of four sunflower still lifes, with bouquets of three, six, fourteen and fifteen flowers in simple earthenware pots. The two final pictures, the large bouquets set against turquoise and yellow backgrounds are famous- but the first two, Three Sunflowers and Six Sunflowers can almost be described as the ‘unknown’ Sunflowers. One left Europe for Japan in 1920 and was destroyed during the Second World War. The other has always been hidden away in private collections and was last exhibited, briefly, in 1948. Continue reading THE SUNFLOWERS ARE MINE : THE STORY OF VAN GOGH’S MASTERPIECE


THE SPACE Gallery is proud to support and exhibit African art this July.

The solo exhibition  is by Nadine Saacks, ‘The Lost Tribe of the Omo Valley’, will feature the vanishing Surma tribe living in the Omo Valley, also known as one of the best places on earth to see indigenous people living as they have done for millennia. The Surma tribe have a long history of body painting, decorative scarring and piercing. The result? A beautiful and colourful collection of portrait photography leaving so much to the imagination.

“Africa has so many magnificent sites and spectacular features it was difficult to curate just 2 shows. It’s such an incredible continent and I can’t wait to share it with everyone”,  says Owner and Art Curator of THE SPACE Gallery, Pascale Rajek.

Important dates:
2 – 14 July: Solo Exhibition by Nadine Saacks (see gallery opening hours)
7 July from 1 – 3 pm: Official Opening Celebration with Nadine Saacks

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A visit to the State Library used to take about an hour when one visited an exhibition that took up the two main original galleries with space going to the Shakespeare Place entrance to the Level One Galleries. However when I attended the newly expanded Gallery spaces it took me several hours to view the exhibitions and even then I could not get to the ground and lower ground exhibition spaces. Accordingly the Gallery now has up to seven exhibition spaces.

My main aim to visit the Library was to see somewhat harrowing and graphic photos of the Canon World Press Photo Awards. These were held in a brand new gallery called the Martin Crouch Gallery. I was told by one of the Security Guards that this beautiful new space with hand painted drapes by Wendy Sharpe was a result of the freeing up of office and administration spaces.                             Continue reading NEW GALLERY SPACES @ THE STATE LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES