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          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.

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          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. 

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          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.

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

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        • 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.

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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.

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.

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Greeny Purvis Petyarre

Upcoming auction

Profile

Greenie Purvis Petyarre was the most successful male artist in an artistic dynasty that includes his aunt Emily Kngwarreye, cousin Gloria Petyarre and a number of blood sisters and half sisters. A highly respected tribal elder for Alhalkere country, he was born at Boundary Bore around 1930 where he lived until his death in 2010 with his wife Kathleen and their four daughters, all of whom paint.

Greenie began his art practice in the early 1980’s alongside Lindsay Bird, Cowboy Louie Pwerle and several other men, prior to the Utopia ‘summer project’ organized by the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association CAAMA. While a number of these men began by painting bold linear patterns representing ceremonial grounds and traveling lines, Greenie, from the outset, approached his canvases with far greater intimacy. Over time he revealed himself to be a very spiritual painter with a deep understanding and love for his country. He moved back and forth in his painting between three distinct and easily recognizable styles while rendering his Dreamings, which include Bush Plum, Yam, Emu, Turkey and Kangaroo.

In works which most closely resemble those of his countrywoman Kathleen Petyarre, Greenie created fields of minute dots that imitate the subtle shifts of colour and texture, indicating underground water and slight variations in the landform of Alhalkere country. Delicate colour shifts may indicate different stages in the development of the yam seed from germination to maturity, the season and the plant’s eventual decline.

A second body of works, though rendered with equal unparalleled delicacy, features regularly scattered roundels with bands of the finest dotting radiating and interconnecting.  These more structured and subtly coloured works can be so very delicate as to belie the fact that they were created by a man in his 70’s.

His last body of work was painted in a strong linear style of which this particular work is a fine example. These paintings tend to be far more highly colour charged and are said to depict the root system of the bush tucker plant and the colours of the wildflowers that spring forth after rain. In these linear works, Greenie employed only one layer of paint, rarely reworking his line with a resultant variation in the texture of the finished artwork. This particular example is one of his largest and most impressive in this style. Painted in October 2006 it measures 187cm x 204cm. The viewer is at first attracted by the work’s size, and its mesmeric bands of colour. Its format creates a vortex. When viewed over time it creates its own internal space and draws you in without being overwhelmed.

Regardless of style, Greenie’s paintings reflected his unpretentious personality – quietly unassuming but with that feeling of endurance and respect. Over the years he painted for a variety of dealers including Delmore, Mbantua Gallery and in more recent days Lauraine Diggins who introduced his works to audiences in the U.K., Russia and France.

He was represented in the first ever National Aboriginal Art Award in 1984 and was a finalist in the Telstra Art Awards as recently as 2004. His paintings have also been included in numerous important group exhibitions and two solo exhibitions at Gabrielle Pizzi Gallery in Melbourne in 2000, and the Hogarth Galleries in Sydney in 2003. Important collections that hold his work include the Art Gallery of South Australia, Artbank, The Aboriginal Art Museum in Utrecht, The Museum de Lyon, France, and the Thomas Vroom Collection in Amsterdam.

MARKET ANALYSIS

While his clearance rate at auction is poor, his highest price is still the respectable $17,625 paid at Bonham’s and Goodman in November 2004 for a Mbantua Gallery provenanced work that carried a presale estimate of $15,000-25,000 (Lot 13). It was a slightly disappointing result for a work created in 1999, which measured a whopping 120 x 270 cm.

Nothing has entered his top ten best results since 2008, which is unusual taking into account the fact that he passed away in 2010 and the market would have reacted. Nonetheless, his results have been respectable. Most recently, 2017 saw 5 works from the Thomas Vroom collection go to auction, all of which sold for an average price of $2,753, making him the 52nd most successful artist of the year against a career rankin of 157th.

Greenie continued to paint at Boundary Bore and at Camel Camp until his death in 2010, creating works of which a very high proportion are rendered with the greatest integrity and intimate detail. The best of these are a pleasure to behold, and a privilege to possess.

MARKET PERFORMANCE

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
0.0000 0.0641 0.0000 0.0000 0.3910 0.2530 0.2555 0.0917 0.1897 0.0000 0.1807 0.1595 0.0432 0.0349 0.0586 0.1165 0.0541 0.2623 0.0441 0.1183
0/0 1/2 0/4 0/0 4/8 3/7 3/5 1/3 2/2 0/0 4/7 4/6 2/3 1/2 1/4 3/3 1/1 5/5 1/2 2/4
$0 $4,112 $0 $0 $9,558 $7,113 $7,252 $8,400 $9,000 $0 $2,040 $1,590 $468 $1,220 $3,436 $1,508 $2,924 $2,753 $1,949 $3,500
Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 -

top 10 Historical artwork sales

1

Yam Seed Dreaming 1999

auction: Bonhams & Goodman Sydney lot: 13 date: 17/11/2004
120 x 270 cm Acrylic on Belgian linen

$17,625.00
2

Yam Dreaming 2001

auction: Lawson~Menzies Sydney lot: 64 date: 30/05/2006
120 x 122 cm Synthetic polymer on Belgian linen

$12,000.00
3

Yam Dreaming, 2000

auction: Lawson~Menzies Sydney lot: 120 date: 09/11/2005
205 x 120 cm Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen

$10,800.00
4

Of My Country Aneltyeye 2000

auction: Lawson~Menzies Sydney lot: 231 date: 25/05/2004
120 x 120 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen

$9,600.00
5

Bush Yam, 2004

auction: Lawson~Menzies Sydney lot: 122 date: 22/11/2006
190 x 210 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen

$9,600.00
6

Yam Dreaming 2001

auction: Lawson~Menzies Sydney lot: 224 date: 10/12/2008
264 x 120 cm Synthetic polymer paint on canvas

$9,600.00
7

Of My Country, Aneltyeye

auction: Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd. Sydney lot: 72 date: 25/11/2007
152.5 x 122 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen

$8,400.00
8

Yam Dreaming 2000

auction: Lawson~Menzies Sydney lot: 225 date: 10/12/2008
210 x 152.5 cm Synthetic polymer paint on canvas

$8,400.00
9

Atneltyeye

auction: Christie's Sydney lot: 113 date: 12/10/2004
122 x 122 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen

$8,365.00
10

Pencil Yam Dreaming

auction: Lawsons Sydney lot: 547 date: 18/07/2019
120 x 270 cm Acrylic on linen

$6,136.00
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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