Lot 51
Matthew Armstrong (1973-)
Fading Light 2004
Oil on canvas
122 x 122cm
Signed lower right
Exhibited Salamanca Collection
Condition Excellent
Estimate $2,500 - $3,000

Catalogue Details

Winner Glover Prize 2009.

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Lot 52
Matthew Armstrong (1973-)
Cold Morning 2004
Oil on canvas
122 x 122cm
Signed lower right
Exhibited Salamanca Collection
Condition Excellent
Estimate $2,500 - $3,000

Catalogue Details

Winner Glover Prize 2009.

SOLD

Lot 53
Matthew Armstrong (1973-)
The Mountain 2004
Oil on canvas
137 x 137cm
Signed lower right
Exhibited Salamanca Collection
Condition Excellent
Estimate $3,000 - $3,500

Catalogue Details

Winner Glover Prize 2009.

SOLD

Lot 54
Paul Gundry (1969-)
Rose Light 1 2008
Oil on canvas
91 x 91cm
Signed verso
Exhibited Colville Gallery 2008
Condition Excellent
Estimate $3,000 - $3,500

Catalogue Details

Studied BA, BFA, won Tasmanian Arts Prize, recently finalist in Glover, Paddington, Mossman Art Prizes.

Lot 55
Paul Gundry (1969-)
Blue 1 2008
Oil on canvas
91 x 91cm
Signed verso
Exhibited Colville Gallery 2008
Condition Excellent
Estimate $3,000 - $3,500

Lot 56
Paul Gundry (1969-)
Blue Purple Light 2008
Oil on canvas
91 x 91cm
Signed verso
Exhibited Colville Gallery 2008
Condition Excellent
Estimate $3,000 - $3,500

Lot 57
John Bartrum (1954-1996)
Ceramic Vase 2004
Glazed ceamic
26cm height
Unsigned
Condition Excellent
Estimate $300 - $500

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Lot 58
John Bartrum (1954-1996)
Ceramic Vase with Handles 2004
Glazed ceamic
24cm height
Unsigned
Condition Excellent
Estimate $300 - $500

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Lot 59
John Lendis (1950-)
Tyler St Cripplegate 2009
Oil on canvas
123 x 113cm
Signed lower right
Handmark Gallery 2009
Condition Excellent
Estimate $7,700 - $9,700

Catalogue Details

John Lendis grew up in Nottingham studied at Nottingham College of Art and Design before leaving England to travel and settled in Australia two years later. In the early 1980s, he moved from Sydney to Tasmania, where he went on to complete a BFA (Hons) and Master of Fine Arts (painting) at the University of Tasmania's School of Art.

John's work has always been about his personal relationship with the landscape or place where he lives. He continues to describe his life as being caught between two worlds - while his life in one place is a physical truth, so his emotional or spiritual relationship to another place is equally so. His paintings deal with stories of migration, travel, crossing borders and often collide binaries such as wilderness/culture and interior/exterior. While living in England again, he still spends regular time in Tasmania and his work is as much about living between two landscapes as it is about either place.

More than 20 solo exhibitions both here and internationally.

Lot 60 #
Stephanie Tabram (1959-)
One Moment in Time 2012
Acrylic on linen
112 x 112cm
Signed verso
Condition Excellent
Estimate $7,000 - $9,000

Catalogue Details

Highly regarded Tasmanian based painter with high level of realism and narrative, she has been represented in the Glover Art Prize 2010-12, and also finalist in Tattersalls and City of Albany

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Lot 61
Jenny Topfer (1964- )
The Pebbles on Our Tongues 2009
Oilstick on linen
101 x 101cm
Signed verso
Exhibited Colville Gallery
Condition Good
Estimate $2,200 - $2,750

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Lot 62
Tom Samek (1950-)
Underground Concert 1991
Oil on Linen
Signed lower right
77 x 102cm (stretcher)
Exhibited ABC at Mt Lyell
Condition Excellent
Estimate $5,000 - $7,000

Catalogue Details

Born in Prague, he moved to Australia in 1971. In 1972 he studied printmaking with Eric Smodic in Austria for a year, then returned to Australia the following year. He lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania.

His work as a chef, and passion for food, wine and culture lead to his art practice where he adopts a whimsical view of Australian customs and language.

Samek's largest, and perhaps finest work is Flawed History of Tasmanian Wine, a floor mural in a gallery above the tasting room of the Meadowbank Estate winery and restaurant in Tasmania. The floor is painted, carved and etched in Samek's "unique style" and integrated with his friend Graeme Phillips' comic and nonsense poetry.

Lot 63
Stephanie Tabram (1959-)
Wedding Dress 2007
Acrylic on linen
34 x 95cm (stetcher)
Signed verso
Exhibited Colville Gallery 2007
Condition Excellent
Estimate $2,500 - $3,500

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Lot 64
Alkis Astras (1930 –)
St Nicholas by the Sea 1982
Acrylic on paper
84 x 69cm (sight)
Signed lower right
Condition Good
Estimate $8,000 - $14,000

Catalogue Details

Born in Greece, studied widely in Europe prior to his arrival in Australia 1964. He is a practising architect who is known for his realist style of painting. Born in Athens and grew up in the dark days of WW2 and Greek Civil War. First personal exhibition n 1954, and exhibited in many countries. He was the first artist in history to be granted an art exhibition on the peninsular of Mount Athos, Greece, one of the most holiest places on earth, inhabited by monks for over 1,000 years, researching his Christian roots, the exhibition involved many paintings of the monasteries there. ‘I started drawing the churches, cathedrals, mosques from all around the world, I took the symbols out, as I believe they are the weapon, something that separates us.’

Over the years Alkis’ paintings have been collected by President Kennedy, Ari Onassis, and the Mayor of Athens to name a few.

Lot 65
Stephen Lees (1954-)
Dawn on the Tibrogargan 2001
Oil on linen
45 x 54cm (stretcher)
Signed lower right
Condition Excellent
Estimate $1,800 - $2,800

Catalogue Details

Winner Glover Prize 2005, NSW Travelling Scholarship Highly Commended 1979 & 1976

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Lot 66
William Dobell attributed (1899-1970)
New World on the birth of the temple 1954
Ripolin on panel
48 x 60 x .12cm
Inscribed lower left
Condition Excellent
Estimate $3,000 - $7,000

Catalogue Details

William Dobell attributed (1899-1970)
(On the birth of the new world temple) 22 November 1954
Ripolin on board, 2 panels
40 x 60 x .12cm
Inscribed ‘Merde / alors’ ‘To Maitresse Irma/ from Maitres Escoffier/ Soyer Savarin/ Cy Pearl & Bill ..’

This work comes from the estate of Paddy Pearl (-2014), wife of Cyril Pearl (1906-1987). It was a work received as a thank you to Cyril’s wife Irma for a memorable dinner shared reportedly from a gathering at their house in Paddington. The work was always hung above their kitchen stove and was an integral part of their lives, and was always known to family and friends as ‘the Dobell’.

The artwork depicts a central figure of Albert Tucker, to his right Charles Blackman and the painter William Dobell is said to be the artist. The lives of these individuals on this date were in dramatic flux, with a number of the participants engaged in work abroad, … where this dinner is said to have occurred in Paddington, perhaps some participants depicted are honoured as absent friends. The interpretation can take references from a number of sources.

Cyril Pearl illustrious career in journalism in Melbourne in the 1930s and rose to become one of the country's most influential editors in the 40s before abandoning newspapers in the 50s to write 26 books from then until the 80s.

Pearl was intellectually fearless, yet whimsical; erudite, yet earthy. He loved good food, fine wine and rollicking company, yet he could show steely resolve and a merciless pursuit of the truth. He waged war on censorship, exposed the hypocrisies of the Victorian era, cast a newspaperman's eye over historical Australia and, through participation in the awakening intellectual discourse on literature, arts and politics, helped shape the debate.

Pearl studied Russian and philosophy at the University of Melbourne In 1939 became editor of the new Sunday Telegraph, a position he held for 10 years, then in 1949 moved on to edit the Packer magazine AM but, in 1954, turned his back on newspapers to concentrate on long-form writing, to follow his interests in Australian social history, its larrikins and misfits, and to explore his empathy with rebels and radicals. He made a brief return to newspapers as editor of the Sunday Mirror in 1960-61, but the peripatetic life of researching and writing books had gripped him and he spent much of the following two decades overseas.

In 1962 Pearl’s first wife Irma died of cancer and a couple of years later he worked with Paddy (Patricia) and they then married 1965. They travelled the world, spent time behind the Iron Curtain in a Walter Mittyish brush with Cold War agents and double agents, lived in Ireland, Britain and the Sydney suburb of Paddington.

Papers from his estate reveal associations with journalists, artists including Russell Drysdale, Lionel Lindsay, writers including Barry Humphries, Max Harris and a young Tom Keneally, and prime ministers from Robert Menzies to Bob Hawke.

From 1994 the couple lived in a grand Georgian house in the Coal Valley near Campania, Richmond in Tasmania. In 2009 Paddy held an auction of the house and estate and moved to care in Hobart. This artwork was one of the few possessions that she retained as a memory and contact of her life and remained with her until the last.

William Dobell (1899-1970)

Dobell studied originally 1924 Julian Ashton Sydney Art School before winning the 1929 Society of Artists Travelling Scholarship which took him to London and further studies at the Slade School of Fine Art. He remained in Europe, studying and exhibiting through the Royal Academy of Arts before returning to Australia in 1939.

Dobell was awarded the Archibald Prize in 1943 with the controversial portrait of Joshua Smith, and again in 1949 and 1960.

Artistically there were two highlights in his later career, a series of paintings of New Guinea in the early 1950s, and a series of major portraits in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He visited New Guinea for three months after Easter 1949. Dobell destroyed his first drawings—for being too much like tourist fare—and began seriously to sketch. He revisited the Territory next year and worked on New Guinean subjects almost exclusively until 1954. In 1954 Dobell was in Italy as has had been awarded representation at Australia’s first Venice Biennale along with Sidney Nolan and Russell Drysdale.

He believed that to look to Europe was necessary, given his conventional belief that Australia could not offer the nourishment necessary for great art; but, while his attention was given to preserving styles and genre themes of European art, he responded to his own, immediate, expatriate Australian culture. He acquired 'a complete mastery of traditional techniques' and a noticeably 'democratically egalitarian handling' of a wide range of subjects. Dobell shared with writers of his generation, Patrick White and Hal Porter, and the painters, Russell Drysdale and Albert Tucker, a singularly sharp perception of social manners. Their art focussed upon the articulate and telling moment, and described only the salient aspects of a situation. Each at times was accused of caricature. It may be significant that these artists were tardy in deciding on a career, slow to mature, and, conversely, spectacular and controversial in their fame. Comparisons outside Australia may be made with the British painter Francis Bacon.



Albert Tucker AO (1914-1999) was one of the strongest Australian painters of last century. His expressionistic style of painting was formed during the wartime years, when the city of Melbourne took on a strange and unreal atmosphere. His first major series of paintings, collectively titled Images of Modern Evil, was painted between 1945 and 1947. Tucker lived in Europe and the United States throughout the 1950s. There he refined and extended his subjects, concentrating on Australian myths, which he saw as central to the definition of national identity.

This was the cusp of the next 20 years which were extremely stimulating and definitive of Tuckers career, it developed his depth and knowledge of art and also materials. Travelled to 1947 Japan, then spent the next 11 years in Europe 1948-1959 with shows Amsterdam 1951, Paris 1952. In April, 1953 Tucker and Dixon set off for Rome in the caravan, his show at Nibbi’s Galleria near the Pantheon, opened 20 April followed by shows in London 1957, New York 1960, then returned to Australia where he held numerous exhibitions Australian Galleries, Collingwood.

The Nolans arrived in Naples in 1953 and Nolan and Tucker revived long standing friendship and were planning a joint exhibition at the Foreign Journalists Club in Rome for May 1954. Nolan had also just been selected , together with Russell Drysdale and William Dobell, to represent Australia in its first participation in the Venice Biennale, he had also been appointed commissioner. But Nolan gave Tucker two very important pieces of information. Firstly, he told him about the foreign painters’ section of the Venice Biennale in which Tucker exhibited in 1956. Secondly, when Nolan arrived in Rome for their joint 1954 exhibition, he showed Tucker photographs of drough-stricken landscapes and their impact on Tucker determined his future subject matter and career. P338

October 1954 Tucker and Dixon had quit Grottaferrata and moved to Rome.. Alberto Burri lived near Tucker and introduced him to a new painting material, polyvinyl acetate (PVA). When Tucker visited Burri at his studio, “I noticed he had a whole stack of cans, blue tins, of stuff called Vinivyl. He said, “It’s marvellous stuff. I virtually eat it, I live with it, it does everything that I want it to do. It’s the most marvellous that you can possibly buy.” Tucker was interested in the ‘heavy, thick creamy liquid that one can mix pigment or sand or sawdust or all sorts of things into..I thought, it’s exactly what I want because my memories of Australia were of texture first and shape after that.” While there are tentative experiments with the medium in 1954, Tucker fully explores the qualities of PVA in the late 1950s, unable to completely command the medium until he had the appropriate subject matter. P344

October 1956 Tucker left for London and produced a Ned Kelly series which he dubbed ‘Pan in Armour” together with Totem and Encounter from the Venice Biennale and the new London works including Tough Guy renamed The Gambler 1957. and He organised an exhibition at the Imperial Institute in South Kensington for April 57 which would open two months before Nolan’s at the Whitechapel. It would be Tucker’s first comprehensive European show.

Burke, Janine Australian Gothic A Life of Albert Tucker. Random House 2003

Charles Blackman (1928-) OBE 1977
Studies 1943-46 After a short period of work as a press artist for the Sydney Sun, 1945, he moved to Melbourne where he married, worked as a cook in restaurants and practised his art when he could. His improved situation began to change when he received the patronage of John Reed. 1960 won Helen Rubinstein Scholarship, 61-62 shows Whitechapel and Tate, 65 tour France

Condition report available.

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Lot 67
Geoff Dyer (1947- )
King River, Tasmania c. 1988
Gouache on paper
58 x 100cm (sight)
Signed lower right
Condition Excellent
Estimate $1,600 - $1,800

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Lot 68
Rodney Pople (1952-)
Rocking Horse 1984
Mixed media on paper
68 x 95cm (sight)
Signed lower right
Condition fair
Estimate $200 - $400

Catalogue Details

Expressionistic painter Rodney Pople studied Arts at the University of Tasmania in 1974, Slade School of Art, London 1978 and New York Studio School 1979. Pople has held solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania and China. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne.. Awarded residence at the Moira Dyring Studio, Cite Interationales Paris through the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1990, Lake Macquarie Art Prize 1988, the Fisher’s Ghost Prize 1994 and a National Art School travel grant 1999, and finalist in Blake, Archibald and Wynne Art Prizes on many occasions.

Pople won the Sulman 2008 and Glover Prize in 2012 with a controversial portrait of Port Arthur. His work is held by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Artbank.

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Lot 69
George Davis (1930-)
Evening North Colony
Oil on board
29 x 44cm (board) 46 x 61cm (fr)
Signed lower right
Condition Excellent
Estimate $2,000 - $3,000

Catalogue Details

Tasmanian painter well known for portrait, natural history and landscape. Studied under Jack Carrington Smith and Dorothy Stoner and Royal Academy Schools, London. Awarded commission to interpret Tasmania’s islands through drawing and painting 1976, including Macquarie, Goose, Fisher and Albatross. This resulted in drawings, etchings and oil works over many years.

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Lot 70
Tony Woods (1940-)
(Shirt & Tie) 1966
Oil on fabric
79 x 64cm
Signed upper centre
Condition Good
Estimate $1,000 - $2,000

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Lot 71
Geoff Dyer (1947- )
Koonya Bluff 2009
Gouache
100 x 151cm
Signed lower right
Exhibited Masterpiece Gallery, Hobart
Condition Excellent
Estimate $11,000 - $16,000

Catalogue Details

One of Tasmania’s most prominent landscape painter, Geoff Dyer is best known for having won the Archibald with his portrait of Tasmanian environmentalist and writer, Richard Flanagan. Geoff Dyer’s expressive landscapes reflect Tasmania’s unique environment. He creates works that merge 19th century romantic landscape traditions by the likes of the great British master, Turner, with a more contemporary vision that owes much to Australian Modernists such as Fred Williams. Geoff Dyer has exhibited throughout Australian and internationally for the last 30 years, major shows including China and New York.

Awards
2003 Archibald Prize Winner
Archibald Prize Finalist 1993, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
Wynne Prize Finalist 1977, 1998, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2004
Sulman Prize Finalist 1997, 2006
Glover Prize Finalist 2009, 2012, 2014

Lot 72
Barbara Weir (c1945-)
Grass Seeds 1999
95 x 57cm
Signed verso
Exhibited Savah Gallery, Paddington 1999
Condition Excellent
Estimate $6,500 - $7,500

Catalogue Details

Purchased from Savah Gallery, Paddington in 1999, her first Sydney exhibition.

From the period of the stolen generation, Barbara was removed from her mother, Minnie Pwerle and her Eastern desert homeland at 9 years of age. At 18 years, Barbara was living in Darwin and a chance meeting between her husband and Billy Stockman enabled her to reconnect with her family in Utopia. Emily Knwarreye who had helped to look after her as a small child, provided the vital link in reconnecting her with her mother after she moved back to Utopia permanently in 1977. Here she discovered her own affinity with the bush berries, grass seeds, wild flowers and the desert country of her birth that was to become the wellspring of her art.

Her work straddles the two major identifiable Eastern Desert painting styles; that of the gestural painters exemplified by her auntie Emily Kngwarreye and her mother Minnie Pwerle, and that of the highly intimate imagery created by Kathleen Petyarre. She began working in Batik in the late 1980s, and began painting with images founded in structure and composition on conventional traditional motifs. Her second, and most popular motif and signature style, Grass Seed, lies in her fine linear technique in which she overlaps thickly applied brilliantly coloured brushstrokes that imitate and evoke the movement of native grass. Her first solo exhibition Dream Works, was a sell out success at both Flinders Lane Gallery in Melbourne and Gallery Savah in Sydney.

Since then Barbara Weir’s paintings have been included in exhibitions in every capital city in Australia as well as important shows in Singapore, Chicago, Santa Fe, Paris, Copenhagen and Auckland. Similar works in collection of Janet Holmes a Court. Artist named in Art Collector magazine top 200 Most Collectable Artists.

Lot 73
Barbara Weir (c1945-)
Grass Seeds 1999
95 x 57cm
Signed verso
Exhibited Savah Gallery, Paddington 1999
Condition Excellent
Estimate $6,500 - $7,500

Lot 74
Emily Kngwarreye (1910-1996)
State of My Country
Screenprint Ed 34/99
35 x 61cm (print)
Signed lower right below plate
Condition Excellent
Estimate $2,800 - $3,500

Catalogue Details

Emily Kngwarreye was a senior member of the Anmatyerre community resident at Utopia and regarded as the pr-eminent woman artist of the desert region. Born at Alhalkere northwest corner of Utopia Station, she grew up working on various cattle stations. She commenced paintingon fabric in the batik technique in the late 1970’s, and produced her first paintings on linen in 1988. She was the leader of a number of song cycles for particular women’s ceremonies. Her paintings were mostly based on Anmatyerre body designs and Dreaming sites especially associated with yam tubers and flowers. Emily had numerous solo and group exhibitions and is represented in all major state gallery collections in Australia, USA, Europe and UK. Her work represented Australia at the 1997 Venice Biennale. Emily was the first aboriginal artist to ever achieve an auction sale price for 1 of her paintings Painting Earth’s Creation sold in 2007 for over $1 million dollars.

The painting State of My Country o028 1990 synthetic polymer on canvas 121.6 x 210.8cm is part of the Holt Collection. This screenprint based on the painting is a limited edition no 34/99 and is the same image that was used on the cover of the book Emily Kngwarreye Paintings Craftsman House 1998.

Lot 75
Jonathan Kimberley & Jim Everett (pura-lia meenamatta
Tidal Water: Weetapoona Lena 2006
Synthetic polymer,charcoal,pigments on canvas
91 x 91cm
Signed verso
Exhibited Bett Gallery,Hobart Meenamatta Water Country Discussion
Condition Excellent
Estimate $3,200 - $4,000