Visual Arts


The current solo exhibition at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries is work by Nada Herman entitled FLOWERS AND VISTAS .

Herman is based in Avalon and comes from the famous Herman artistic family. This exhibition is bright, bold ,joyous and colourful, with many thickly applied layers of paint on the various canvases.

Herman vividly captures various views of Sydney and its foreshores. One such view is from Balmoral to Neutral Bay. .The Neutral Bay painting uses the various buildings on the right hand side of the canvas to take our eye back to the Harbour Bridge.

There are large canvases focusing on Sydney Harbour with the Bridge and Opera House prominently featured as a background for sailing boats.

There are also hot summer reflections of life at the beach , crowded with sand beach towels and umbrellas .(eg A Day at the Beach) .This is contrasted with some works showing the bubble and flow of the sea in various moods ( eg Palm Beach , Sea Spray)

Flowers feature in many of the works – there are some wonderful vibrant still lives of flowers in vases ( eg Agapanthus , Lilllies and Lemons and Daisy Bouquet – in the later, note the fallen flowers outside the vase on the table ) but also flowers are used as a major part of the composition in some canvases dominating the foreground ( eg Beach Floral). Red hot pokers explode in the foreground in Red Hot Pokers Lillies and Agapanthus and the lilies complement them .The pokers also monopolise Red Hot Pokers Over Palm Beach .

Wonderful paintings of waterlilies with orange koi also are also included ( look for the upside down koi – is it a reflection? ) .

A vibrant energetic exhibition celebrating our harbour and flora.

FLOWERS AND VISTAS by Nada Hermann runs at the Mosman Traffic Jam Galleries until 29 May 2019

Featured image- Sea Spray by Nada Herman.




Be part of a MASSIVE exhibition launch on Saturday 18 May as two new exhibitions come to our galleries. Admission is free. All are welcome.

IN-Formalism witnesses the evolution of abstract non-objective art in Australia from 1968. The exhibition surveys the key generations of artists who have contributed to the ongoing language of abstract art. The exhibition presents these art works alongside a chain of references to the Liverpool area, revealing the influences of abstract non-objective art as broad and still constantly evolving. IN-Formalism launches Saturday 18 May.

Drawing from iconic and classical images of the Madonna and Child (created mostly by men), artists in Everyday Madonna respond to the ideas of motherhood from their own perspective. They respond to societal and cultural expectations of motherhood to create an expanded definitions of mothers: real, imperfect, resilient, vulnerable, leaders of resistance, fierce protectors and artists. Everyday Madonna launches Saturday 18 May. Continue reading EXHIBITION LAUNCH: IN-FORMALISM AND EVERYDAY MADONNA


I spoke with Phil Grabsky over a coffee at the lovely Kawa cafe in Surry Hills. Grabsky is the producer of the excellent documentary series. Exhibition on Screen.

This year Exhibition on Screen is in its sixth season and features Degas- Passion for Perfection from 6th June, Young Picasso from the 1st of August, Rembrandt from the National Gallery London and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam  from 26th September, and Van Gogh in Japan from 21st November. The Rembrandt film is coming back by popular demand, bearing in mind this year is the 350th anniversary of his death.

In previous years Grabsky has covered many of the great artists. Season  One featured Monet, Munch, Vermeer and Leonardo. Season Two featured Matisse, Rembrandt, Girl with a Pearl Earring and other treasures from the Mauritshuis, Vincent Van Gogh: A new way of Seeing and The Impressionists and the Man Who Made Them. Season Three featured Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood, Renoir- Revered and Reviled, and Painting the Modern Garden; Monet to Matisse. Season Four- The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch, I, Claude Monet, the Artist’s Garden- American Impressionism and Michelangelo: Love and Death. Season Five: Canaletto and the Art Of Venice, David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts and Cezanne- Portraits Of A Life. Continue reading PHIL GRABSKY AND EXHIBITION ON SCREEN


When Marcel Duchamp entered his masterpiece “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2” in 1912 in the progressive, innovative Salon des Indépendants exhibition organised by his fellow avant-garde artists, his liberal-minded, cutting-edge colleagues rejected his painting.

Just a few years ago, a prestigious director of a leading, world-renowned art gallery was asked whether Duchamp’s infamous “ready-mades” (mass-produced, common, found objects) were art; the answer was an unequivocal no.

Duchamp had helped to originate conceptual art (gestures, performances, happenings, instalments, video, words, literary texts and ideas, themselves deemed the work of art,): expression that opens our eyes to see children, women, men, people of diverse sexual identities, and the whole world anew. Continue reading A RESPONSE TO DUCHAMP : THE INDISPENSABLE REVOLUTIONARY


Now in its 98th year the Archibald Prize has been held annually since 1921 and is worth $100,000.

The Prize was established from a bequest by Jules Francois Archibald, the founding editor of The Bulletin magazine.

According to Archibald’s will the Archibald Prize is to be awarded annually to the best portrait (preferably of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by an artist resident in Australasia.

The $50,000 Wynne Prize is the oldest Prize pursuant to a bequest  by Richard Wynne and was first awarded in 1897, marking the official opening of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. It is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery or figurative sculpture. Continue reading 2019 ARCHIBALD, WYNNE AND SULMAN PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED


Seasoned collectors, interior stylists and history buffs will converge at Sydney’s largest fair showcasing an exclusive range of antiques, jewellery, arts and some of the country’s most significant and rare objects.

The Sydney Fair will have something to suit every style when it returns with 60 exhibitors and over 5,000 unique and treasured objects, in its new home at Royal Randwick Racecourse, Thursday 30 May – Sunday 2 June.

Over four days, Australia’s best 20th century, antique, Art Deco and vintage dealers will transform the Randwick Racecourse’s Kensington Room into a collector’s mecca of the most unique and covetable items available in Australia.

In addition to exquisite jewellery, vintage fashion, lighting and decorative arts, the avid interiors enthusiast can find iconic furniture spanning the restrained elegance of the Georgian era, to the crisp and clean lines of the mid-20th century.

The Sydney Fair will showcase some of the most significant and rare treasures across furniture, jewellery, luxury goods, fine art, prints and collectables with a price for every budget.

Antique Art Design’s fine jewellery expert Christopher Becker will offer a range of vintage Scandinavian and revered George Jensen jewellery, available for purchase.

Actor and collector Jermel Nakia, better known for his role as young William on hit TV series This Is Us, will add a splash of Hollywood glamour with his meticulously curated collection of iconic movie costumes.

For fashion enthusiasts, eight vintage fashion and couture dealers will represent the world’s most high-end brands, including; Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana and more.

The History of the Handbag exhibition debuts this year as a retrospective of iconic handbags from the last 100 years, from the ornately decorated flapper bags of the 1920s through to today’s most highly sought designer bags.

On Saturday and Sunday, the exhibition will go mobile as models venture across the venue accessorised with the statement bags, while dressed in garments from corresponding eras.

Thursday, 30 May (6.00pm – 9.00pm), Friday, 31 May (11.00am – 6.00pm), Saturday, 1 June (10.00am – 6.00pm), Sunday, 2 June (10.00am – 5.00pm) at Royal Randwick Racecourse, Kensington.

For more about The Sydney Fair 2019, visit
Find us on: YouTube | Facebook

The Art of Flow

An exploration of the human figure through drawing, painting & mixed media.

The Art of Flow
An exploration of the human figure through drawing, painting & mixed media.

This is a 6-week series that encourages you to unleash your own unique style and creative flow.
You can come to the whole series or single sessions. Link to tickets

Thursday nights
​starting May 9th
7.00 – 9.30pm

All art materials
Professional Art facilitator
Models each week
Easel for each student
Inclusive and Inspiring environment
Refreshments during the break

​Drawing is a natural skill. Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced artist, these unique weekly sessions, are designed to develop your perception and visual skill.

The energy and spirit of the human form is fundamental, it’s the thread that runs throughout this series. Drawing from a live model is the most direct way I know to learn how to access your innate visual skills which can also be applied to drawing or painting anything. You won’t just be learning ‘how to’ but will be tapping into your unique creativity to respond personally and with meaning to our models.

Using music and dynamic drawing exercises it is possible to make an instant connection, bypassing your analytical brain and moving into creative flow. These moments of ‘flow’ or being ‘in the zone’ is where the magic happens and drawings emerge without effort. Being in these states enhances a sense of wellbeing and joy that filters into your daily life.

Come and join Gabbi on a joyful creative adventure.

We all have an artist inside that has either been fed or starved since childhood.
Pablo Picasso summed it up well; “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up”

For the past 15 years, I have been working with children & adults to help them awaken to their own creativity and artistic freedom.
“Whilst studying Art & Anatomy at Art School in the 80’s, I realised we were learning much more than drawing and painting. It was an awakening and deepening of perception and sensitivity; a way of being. Since then, and throughout my practice, I have experienced moments, of being in an altered state, meditative, it was spiritual and I loved that mysterious feeling.

I love to create a nurturing environment that will support each participant and their unique process.”

Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced artist, this unique course is designed to develop your perception and visual skill.

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.” Martha Graham

Thursday nights: 9th May – 13th June

For more about The Art of Flow, visit
Find us on: YouTube | Facebook


Since its inception the Moran Contemporary Prize has been celebrating the work of local photographers both adult and student as they capture the experience of living in Australia. With an eye to the future the Moran School Photographic Workshop hosted 1800 school students from Years 3 to 12 with free tuition.

This year’s Prize had senior judges Cheryl Newman, Jon Jones and Stephen Dupont who along with student judges had to sift through over 3,000 entries to narrow them down to 30 adult finalists which were hung in Juniper Hall’s whilst the student photographer finalists were displayed on large panels for the entries comprising years 7 to 8, years 9 to 10, and years 11 to 12. Their photos were also displayed as a slideshow on a tv screen.

Host of the evening’s proceedings senior judge Cheryl Norman, in the presence of Moran Health Group Managing Director Peter Moran, announced that Tamara Dean had won the 2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize for her underwater photograph Endangered. In her acceptance speech Tamara was especially grateful as she had been a finalist on several occasions but had never won.mpo Continue reading MORAN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE 2019


Art Gallery of New South Wales head packer Brett Cuthbertson and his packing room team have awarded the 2019 Archibald Packing Room Prize to West Australian hyperreal artist Tessa MacKay.

MacKay’s hyperreal portrait is of renowned actor and producer David Wenham titled Through the looking glass.

Cuthbertson, with 52 per cent of the vote for the Archibald Packing Room Prize said he ‘loved the work’ from the moment his packing room colleague Stu, brought it to his attention.

“Tessa’s is a really interesting portrait – there’s a lot happening in it.  I’ve been looking at it every day since it came into the Gallery. Continue reading TESSA MACKAY WINS 2019 ARCHIBALD PACKING ROOM PRIZE WITH PORTRAIT OF DAVID WENHAM


68 artists from across Australia have been selected as finalists in the 2019 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA), Australia’s most illustrious and long standing Indigenous art awards.

280 entries were submitted by First Nation artists from regional and urban areas across Australia, with the selection of finalists taking place last week in Sydney.

35 finalists are from the Northern Territory, with 16 from Western Australia, eight from South

Australia and the remainder from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.

Telstra NATSIAA is diverse and accessible, welcoming entries from established and emerging artists who inspire audiences across Australia. This year’s exhibition highlights eight finalists for the Telstra Emerging Artist Award from across Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) Director Marcus Schutenko said: “MAGNT is thrilled to receive such an exciting range of emerging and established artists’ entries from each Australian state and territory. This year, the selection panel have identified a range of artwork across a large breadth of mediums. I wish to congratulate the well-deserved 68 finalists for their accolade.”

Telstra CEO Andrew Penn said: “Telstra’s connection to the NATSIAA stretches back nearly 30 years and we are always incredibly proud to be involved. The Awards now stand as a globally significant] artistic celebration and enormous credit for that must go to MAGNT for providing such a brilliant showcase for the unique creativity and diverse talents of Indigenous artists.

The quality and scope of the work this year is again superb. Whatever the style, whatever the medium, there is an extraordinary power and beauty in Indigenous art and I cannot wait to see it in person when the winners are announced in August.”

MAGNT Curator of Aboriginal Art Luke Scholes said, “Once again, the calibre of this year’s Telstra NATSIAA finalists is extraordinary. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art continues to evolve, and Telstra NATSIAA continues to be the place to witness this shift in process.”

“The Emerging Artist category continues to breathe new life into the Awards and the broader arts sector. It’s rewarding to profile these trailblazing artists and to share their skill, voice and cultures.”

The winners of the 36th Telstra NATSIAA will be announced at an awards ceremony at MAGNT’s Bullocky Point facility on Friday 9 August 2019.




Part of the Art on screen series , the latest film TINTORETTO A REBEL IN VENICE celebrates the 500th anniversary of his birth and examines the life and times of one of the great Mannerist painters : Jacopo Robusti, known as TINTORETTO, (1518/9–94) from the early years of his artistic career until his death in 1594 in the city that inspired and challenged him. He took the nickname ‘Tintoretto’, ‘little cloth dyer’, after his father’s trade. David Bowie was a huge fan and described Tintoretto as “a proto Rockstar “ . Jean-Paul Satre called him “the first film director in history” because of his use of light and composition drawing the viewer in and the way he ‘froze the moment’ in his paintings. The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter and also features the film director Peter Greenaway.

There are lots of wonderful shots of Venice today and the film highlights Venice’s vulnerability but sometimes the images are dizzyingly fast .Tintoretto was born , bred and worked in Venice and loved it , rarely leaving the city- he is regarded as one of the true masters of Venice. His work is at times somewhat overwhelming but this is contrasted by other works that are full of delicate, filigree detail. Continue reading TINTORETTO : A REBEL IN VENICE