Paintings & Drawings

  • # 28552

    SYKES, F.

    Lake Wanaka, N. Z.

    [Title from artist’s caption beneath image]. [Probably 1900-1920]. Graphite on gilt-edged white card in cabinet format, 114 x 176 mm, lower margin signed by the artist ‘F. Sykes’; in excellent condition. An attractive original drawing by an early twentieth-century amateur artist of Lake Wānaka in the Otago district of New Zealand’s South Island.

  • # 28540

    WHITELEY, Brett (1939 - 1992)

    Towards sculpture 5, 1977

    London: Ganymed Original Editions, 1977. Lithograph printed black ink on Arches Velin paper, 77.5 x 79.8 cm (image), 90 x 63 mm (sheet), signed lower right, editioned by the artist lower left, stamped with artist’s monogram upper right. Printed in an edition of 50 copies, plus 5 artist’s proofs. Printed at Curwen Studio, London. Framed. Published …

  • # 27951

    GLEESON, James (1915 - 2008)

    Untitled, 1958

    Oil on board, 200 x 145 mm, signed lower right. Painted 1958. Inscribed verso ‘To Dear Honoria and Edouardo from Giovanni, 1958′ A rare and important example of Gleeson’s surrealism, gifted to Edward M. Smith and his wife Honor with an affectionate and playful inscription in 1958. Smith was Gleeson’s art teacher at East Sydney Technical …

  • # 28399

    Artist unknown.

    Castle ruins with waterfall and mountain scenery. Circa 1845.

    [English school, probably 1843-45]. Oil on board, 315 x 250 mm, unsigned; unframed; aside from some wear at the corners, the painting is in good condition, well preserved under the original layers of varnish; verso with the stencilled mark of London artists’ suppliers Dimes & Elam, 91 Great Russell Street. This atmospheric landscape painting, which was perhaps …

  • # 28164

    HARING, Keith (1958-1990)

    A collection of Keith Haring drawings and ephemera.

    In 1984, international pop artist celebrity Keith Haring was invited to Australia where he created a series of monumental and ephemeral murals in public spaces, including the famous water wall of the National Gallery of Victoria. Haring befriended Geoffrey Burke, assistant curator at the National Gallery, who documented Haring’s creation in a series of candid …

  • # 28359

    SUNDELIUS, [?]

    Original drawing of a street scene in Honolulu, Hawaii, dated 1907.

    Graphite on paper, 100 x 140 mm (image), 140 x 200 mm (sheet); signed and dated in the image lower left ‘Sundelius 07’ and captioned in the image lower right ‘Street corner in Honolulu’; unmounted; toning and very light creasing at margins, otherwise fine.  

  • # 27949

    GLEESON, James (1915-2008)

    Figure in a psychoscape. Series B No. 9

    Oil on board, 150 x 125 mm, signed lower right. Painted circa 1975. A fine example of Gleeson’s distinctive miniature scenes, depicting a nude male figure in a psychoscape; an exploration of body and mind. ‘Renowned as Australia’s foremost surrealist painter and poet, James Gleeson’s oeuvre explores the human condition beyond visible reality and the …

  • # 28409


    Early nineteenth-century naïve marine painting depicting a river estuary scene.

    [English, circa 1820]. Oil on artist’s card, 162 x 237 mm, signed in image l.r. ‘Hill’; verso with inscription in ink: ‘The Misses Hill present their best regards to the Misses Britt [?] and hope they will favour them by their company to Tea on friday nekst. / Monday Morning. Littlebourn Cottage. / The Misses Hill present …

  • # 28076

    WILLIAMS, Fred (1927-1982) 

    Bayswater Landscape 1959 

    Oil on board, 52.5 x 67.5 cm, signed lower left ‘Fred Williams’, framed (outside measurements 71 x 86.5 cm). Fred Williams returned to Melbourne in January 1957 after six years’ study in London, where he mainly worked on figurative subjects. Upon his return, he concentrated on the Australian landscape, first in Mittagong, N.S.W. in late 1957 and …

  • # 27660

    WHITELEY, Brett (1939 - 1992)

    Poem for a lover, 1988

    Offset lithograph printed in 9 colours, with additional hand colouring by the artist, 77.5 x 79.8 cm (image), 110.6 x 96.5 (sheet), signed lower right, titled and editioned by the artist lower left. Printed in an edition of 80 signed copies. Framed in timber, framed size 111 x 111 cm) The following description is sourced …

  • # 27326

    OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (1888 - 1960)

    When HE goes back to town

    Pen and ink on card, 420 x 280 mm, signed in full ‘Ida S. Rentoul”, titled in the image, framed. A stunning large format drawing with intricate penwork, illustrating two lovers separated by distance, in a uniquely Australian setting. This exquisite drawing is a fine example of Ida Sherbourne Rentoul’s skill with pen and ink, …

  • # 25914

    KOONS, Jeff (1955 - )

    Balloon rabbit (red); balloon swan (yellow); balloon monkey (blue)

    Limoges : Bernardaud, 2017. Edition of 999 copies. Three porcelain multiples, measurements: 241 x 164 x 210 mm (swan);  249 x 209 x 392 mm (monkey); 292 x 139 x 210 mm (rabbit), each with stamped signature, title, date and numbering on the underside, with the Bernardaud blindstamp, in original, as new condition, with the original boxes …

  • # 27043

    WHITELEY, Brett (1939 - 1992)

    The Fish River, 1979

    Synthetic polymer paint, gouache and ink on paper on paper, laid on card, 210 x 130 mm (paper); 235 x 135 mm (card), inscribed with title and dated lower right: the fish river/July 19/79, stamped lower right with artist’s monogram, inscription verso: Abell / Steinhoff NOV 80, housed in a hand gilded frame. ‘For six months, from winter …

  • # 26814

    ROBERTSON-SWANN, Ron (1941 - )

    Vault, 1978 (2012)

    Painted stainless steel, 75cm length. Edition 8/12. An icon of Melbourne public art. ‘On 1st May 1980, Ron Robertson-Swann’s Vault made its way to Melbourne’s new City Square. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the sculpture’s installation. Almost immediately after its installation, the backlash against Vault was rife.  Journalists, cartoonists, and columnists, among others, surged to …

  • # 26776

    JACKS, Robert (1943 - 2014)

    Summer Tower 2001

    Oil on linen, 92 x 92 cm, signed, titled, and dated V 2001 verso. A fine canvas in bright colours showcasing his distinctive cello motif. In 2015 the National Gallery of Victoria hosted a major retrospective of the life and work of the artist titled Order and Variation: ‘This exhibition represents the first large-scale retrospective of …

  • # 26629

    JACKS, Robert (1943 - 2014)

    Cello (1996)

    Cast bronze, 330 mm tall, signed on base and edition 2 of 6. The cello motif was a recurring theme in Jacks’ work for many years. Referencing Man Ray’s Le Violon d’Ingres (1924), the form echoes the female figure. Provenance : the estate of the late Robert Jacks.