• ARTISTS

          Cooee Art has built long-term relationships with Aboriginal and First Nations artists and their not for profit art centres since 1981.

          Our gallery team travels regularly to remote areas of Australia to meet with artists and develop our exhibition program.

        • Auction Artists

          Cooee Art Auctions works with artists bi-annually across two separate departments – Indigenous Fine Art and Modern & Contemporary Fine Art.

          Read through the profiles and market analysis for the top 200 Indigenous artists

        • SHOP ARTWORKS

          Cooee Art curates ethically sourced art from Australian Indigenous communities that we have formed relationships with for 40 years.

          Our gallery team travels regularly to remote areas of Australia to meet with artists to consign artworks.

        • New Arrivals

          Cooee Art gallery artworks arrive in our online shop and our gallery spaces weekly.

          Shop new arrivals that coincide with our monthly exhibition program.

        • All Artworks

          Shop online from the full portfolio of available Cooee Art artworks – paintings, sculptures, fine art prints and artisanal objects ranging from $100 – $500k.

        • EXHIBITIONS

          Cooee Art was established in 1981 and is Australia’s oldest exhibiting Indigenous art gallery. 

          The gallery has presented the finest Aboriginal and First Nations art through their exhibition program for over 40 years showing the work of over 150 individual artists.

          The Cooee Art stockroom includes contemporary Aboriginal paintings, rare bark paintings and artefacts, early desert boards and acrylic paintings as well as sculpture and limited edition fine art prints.

        • Current

          Cooee Art presents monthly solo and group exhibitions in the Paddington gallery supported by public programs including artist talks and workshops.

        • Future

          Explore forthcoming exhibitions in the Cooee Art galleries and our special event program.

        • AUCTIONS

          Cooee Art Auctions provide an informed and professional approach to buying and selling art in the secondary market. We are a market leader with specialist knowledge and proven results. 

          We offer collectable Australian and International artworks for sale by auction and private treaty. 

          Cooee Art Auctions work with artists, galleries, museums and private collections bi-annually to curate and consign artworks across two separate departments – Indigenous Fine Art and Modern & Contemporary Fine Art.

          Our auctions and previews for potential buyers and collectors are presented in the Cooee Art premium 480sqm hybrid gallery and auction space in Paddington. 

        • Indigenous Fine Art

          Cooee Art Auctions offers bi-annual auctions of significant and highly-collectible Australian Indigenous artworks.

          Our Art Market Analytics provides comprehensive artist profiles and market analytics on Australia’s 200 most important Aboriginal artists.

        • Modern & Contemporary Fine Art

          Introducing Modern and Contemporary Australian and international art.

          We seek to establish new benchmarks for pricing and documentation for artists in the secondary art market

        • Art Market Analytics

          Cooee Art has created a comprehensive art market analytics tool with easy navigation. The information we provide is designed to be an invaluable resource for art consultants, valuers, and industry professionals and to serve the interests of artists, galleries, institutions, art centres, collectors and researchers.

        • Artist Profiles

          Each artist is ranked according to their career, and annual artist ranking index. Detailed profiles, market analysis and performance indicators are provided for a growing list of artists along with the artworks that have achieved their ten highest results at auction.

        • Current Indigenous Art Market

          Provides professional advice on the Indigenous art market in line with other investment categories, thereby serving the interests of artists, galleries and collectors.

        • Consultancy

          The Cooee Art team has been providing expert advice for over 40 years in a Consultancy capacity to offer a breadth of services for the business side of art.

        • Valuations

          Cooee Art Founding Director Adrian Newstead OAM has more than 20 years experience in valuing Aboriginal art and artefacts (pre-contact to Contemporary).

        • EXHIBITION AND EVENT MANAGEMENT

          Cooee Art curates and coordinates exhibitions on behalf of charitable organisations, commercial businesses and galleries in Australia and overseas utilising its extensive contacts with individual artists, artists’ agents, galleries and important private and public collections.

        • ABOUT

          Cooee Art was originally established in 1981 and runs a hybrid art model to represent and support artists in an ethical and sustainable way. We have two galleries, our flagship gallery in the heart of Aboriginal Sydney in Redfern and a boutique showroom gallery in Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach along with a seperate fine art auction wing, Cooee Art Auctions established in 2017. Cooee is now Australia’s oldest exhibiting Indigenous art gallery. Since first working with Australian Aboriginal artists in 1981, we have presented the finest First Nations art through exhibitions and events in Australia, Europe, and the Americas.

  • Contact

Cooee Art foremost acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land and waters on which we work and reside.

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Price and availability are subject to change at the gallery’s discretion. While we try to ensure the accuracy of all data across the website, Cooee Art reserves the right to cancel a sale due to price change.

The artist holds the copyright for all images throughout the website and must not be reused or reproduced in any way without explicit permission.

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Industry Articles & Reviews

ABORIGINAL ART: THE CASE FOR INDEPENDENCE

Posted: 03/08/2021
By:nodadev

When visitors walk down Todd Mall in Alice Springs or enter an Aboriginal community for the first time their initial reaction is likely to be horror. Sitting in the street displaying the demeanor of those under the influence of alcohol, Aboriginal people appear to be impoverished and utterly bereft of comfort.

The thought that that they may be well known artists prompts the immediately assumption that they are being ‘ripped off’, and those who interact with them lack compassion, are exploitative; the cause of their misery, certainly not their allies.

But like all first impressions it is not just black and white and in the grey area between there is plenty of room for wild imaginings and mythconceptions.

The Aboriginal arts industry has been a modern miracle. Art is the biggest income earner in many communities after welfare and mining royalties; a goose that laid a golden egg.

The sale of Aboriginal arts and crafts, worth just $900,000 to the Australian economy shortly after Bardon left Papunya in the mid 1970’s, was more than  $100M by the beginning of the current millennium.

The number of galleries involved rose from just 15 in the mid 1980’s to the hundreds that operate today. They now include a vast number of galleries that know little of the history of the movement.

No less than 30 of the top 50 artists of all time produced the vast majority of their work as independent artists. Many others chose to work throughout their careers outside of any art centre or representative relationship. This includes a number of the past chairmen and many of the shareholders of Papunya Tula.

Today more than 5000 individual artists practice but no more than 800 in the history of the movement produced works of consequence. Less than 100 have accumulated secondary market sales in excess of $100,000. The few artists that make thousands of dollars a year disburse their income widely reinforcing the impression that they receive little from their art practice.

While community art centres are valuable resource organizations, there are literally hundreds of artists living throughout Queensland, NSW, and states alongside those desert and top end artists, who attempt to forge independent careers by developing their own relationships outside of communities.

Despite the protestations that tribal people are safer and better off living in remote communities, many Aboriginal leaders point to a future in which increasing numbers of well educated, ambitious and motivated Aboriginal people live increasingly outside of their communities and return only on important occasions. Those that wish to manage their own lives should be given every opportunity to do so free of paternalistic, separatist and neocolonialist interference.

Those who seek to confine all Aboriginal people to places proximate to their land do them an enormous disservice. Aboriginal people have been semi institutionalized, confined, and isolated on country that white people simply didn’t want. Many live in the hope that they too, can become modern nomads in vehicles paid for through their art, just as successful independent artists of the past managed to escape the confines of sedentary life in communities overburdened by ‘sorry business’ as and when it suited them.

The campaign to skew the market toward works produced only in art centres is a shameful one. Desart, ANKAAA, and those ACGA members who promote and support it are prejudicing the livelihoods of hundreds of artists and their supporters.

By insinuating that the provenance of independently produced works is unsafe, they undermine more than 50% of the art currently being produced, and a vast number of works created in the past that are sold through outlets other than elite exhibiting galleries and auction houses.

In the process they create prejudice toward hundreds of businesses and thousands of individuals who support artists through the sale of their works. In promoting this narrow interpretation of safe provenance and ethics, they exploit white guilt by staking out the moral high ground.

In the wake of the prejudice they generate, art collectors who have bought perfectly good works for which artists have been fairly remunerated are compromised, and their collections are devalued. New collectors, seeking a way through the ugly politics are dissuaded from purchasing while those who enter in to real and supportive relationships with Aboriginal people are compromised and their businesses threatened.

This includes many dealers of Aboriginal heritage who market the work of their own relatives and countrymen as they make the first steps toward running their own businesses.

For almost 30 years I have been one of the most trenchant supporters of community art centers. Yet I see no incompatibility whatsoever with my support for the artist independence. The goose that laid the golden egg was a free-range goose. Its success lay in its freedom. The call to put the goose back in its pen may be well intentioned amongst some, but amongst its most ardent supporters is a desire to keep all those golden eggs to themselves.  They should be thoroughly ashamed.

Events

23
October

Joshua Bonson – To Connect

23 October to 13 November 2021
Location: Cooee Art Redfern
Address: 17 Thurlow St, Redfern, NSW 2016

6
November

Oceanic Art Fair 2021

6 to 6 November 2021
Location: Cell Block Theatre | National Art School
Address: Cnr Forbes & Burton Streets, Darlinghurst

27
November

A Cooee Christmas

27 November to 24 December 2021
Location: Cooee Art Redfern | Cooee Art Bondi

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Cooee Art foremost acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land and waters on which we work and reside.

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Price and availability are subject to change at the gallery’s discretion. While we try to ensure the accuracy of all data across the website, Cooee Art reserves the right to cancel a sale due to price change.

The artist holds the copyright for all images throughout the website and must not be reused or reproduced in any way without explicit permission.

© COOEE ART 1981 – 2021

Cooee Art foremost acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land and waters on which we work and reside.

ABORIGINAL FINE ART GALLERY, PURCHASE AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS ART, CONTEMPORARY AND ABORIGINAL ART FOR SALE – SYDNEY

Price and availability are subject to change at the gallery’s discretion. While we try to ensure the accuracy of all data across the website, Cooee Art reserves the right to cancel a sale due to price change.

The artist holds the copyright for all images throughout the website and must not be reused or reproduced in any way without explicit permission.

© COOEE ART 1981 – 2021