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

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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. 

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        • Auction 8 March 2022

          Introducing Auction March 8 2022 – 7pm start time.

          This auction offers 103 Australian Indigenous Fine Artwork and Artefacts

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          The gallery occupies the ground floor of a distinctive and prominently located building only minutes from Surry Hills, Redfern, and Waterloo’s art districts. Originally the headquarters and state-of-the-art factory of Foster Clark custard, 17 Thurlow St later became the studio and assembly for iconic Australian artist Ken Done. Now, Cooee Art’s flagship gallery, the space has been designed with a modern aesthetic whilst retaining elements of its past. A blank canvas, the space offers versatility to cater for a variety of purposes – including private events, art exhibitions, launch events, photo shoots, or performances.

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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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Benjamin Landara

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Benjamin Landara is an historic member of the Hermannsburg watercolour school. Famously, it was Albert Namatjira whose representations of the dramatic scenery of the Australian interior west of Alice Springs founded this movement. Namatjira gained an unexpected burst of financial success and celebrity status, unheard of for an Aboriginal person at that time. This changed the course of Australian art. He went on to encourage his extended family members to take up the brush and follow in his footsteps. Benjamin Landara was included in that foundational group. He was related to the Ebataringa family, also artists, and married Namatjira’s eldest daughter Maisie. By the late 1940s he was painting alongside Albert, his early work revealing the master’s influence.

The Australian centre could be considered one of the most challenging living environments in the world. Yet Aboriginal people, over many thousands of years, lived a culturally and spiritually rich life here. In the 1930s Hermannsburg Mission (established by German Lutherans in 1877) became the place where a new Aboriginal art form emerged. The encouragement of painting by the mission enabled its continuance after visiting watercolour artists had introduced European materials and methods to an Aboriginal audience. Under Rex Battarbee’s mentorship, Namatjira transmuted the intimate relationship that his people have with their Country into a new visual form. It followed the realistic representational method of European tradition but imbued it with a new sensibility, absolutely unique. In a subtle manner, it communicated the rich and ancient indigenous heritage and counteracted to a small degree the widespread destitution caused by European settlement. The Hermannsburg School challenged the European perception of the centre as an unattractive and empty place and drew attention to the plight of Aboriginal people. 

Landara attended the mission school and learnt English and Christian religious beliefs. Christianity became a strong support to his dispossessed people and seemed able to exist in harmony with their Dreaming beliefs, many looking back fondly on those early days with the German missionaries. The priests were kind and considerate of the Arrente people who were suffering greatly due to the loss of their vital hunting grounds and cultural support systems. Namatjira developed his craft over many long camel back excursions with Battarbee into the lands around Hermannsburg – first as an assistant and later as an artist of equal regard. Some argued that he soon surpassed his mentor. Soon he was taking his own painting groups, including Landara, on painting trips. Exhibitions in the Southern capitals were frequently selling out to an enthusiastic public while angry critics argued over artistic merit and even English royalty paid their respects.

It was this hopeful story that was the basis of Landara’s career. He became a stalwart member of the family, accompanying the group out along the Finke River and into the MacDonnell ranges to paint at different times of day and seasons of the year. Battarbee described him as “a kindly person, and an asset to the family group…an excellent colourist with a keen perception of beauty.” He was capable of rendering complex imagery with unfailingly exquisite brushwork. Consequently his work was sought after by visitors to the Namatjira camp near Alice Springs, hoping for a bargain by avoiding official channels. People admired his pleasing, pastel tones and grasp of light across the land. He was regularly included in exhibitions, eventually having his works bought by State Galleries and included in their permanent collections. But success brought its own particular forms of conflict and sorrow for the Namatjira family, particularly in regard to the contradictory expectations of white and black laws. It was this that led to Albert’s untimely death.

Though the mission is long gone and the laws have improved, the children and grandchildren of the early group have continued on and beyond the tradition of the Hermannsburg School. Art historians have reevaluated these landscapes as coded expressions of traditional sites and knowledge, not obvious to the uninitiated eye and somewhat in keeping with the abstract forms that burst onto the art scene thirty years later at Papunya. In consequence, from many points of view (aesthetically, monetarily and historically), the original works by Landara and others have become highly valued artworks. 

MARKET PERFORMANCE

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
0.1863 0.3341 0.1986 0.4095 0.6288 0.4158 0.3698 0.1612 0.2575 0.2797 0.3362 0.1706 0.0116 0.1226 0.0858 0.2589 0.0772 0.0967 0.1326 0.2437 0.2189 0.2686
10/12 15/19 10/11 18/21 29/30 20/23 14/18 6/10 10/10 12/14 16/16 10/16 1/8 6/12 4/4 13/14 4/7 4/7 7/9 12/19 10/13 13/16
$347 $496 $394 $518 $470 $432 $698 $722 $663 $543 $441 $291 $135 $418 $460 $397 $372 $585 $359 $412 $479 $427
Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 -

top 10 Historical artwork sales

1

(Untitled)

auction: Bonhams & Goodman Sydney lot: 213 date: 19/07/2009
53 x 74 cm Watercolour

$1,680.00
2

Untitled Landscape (1977)

auction: Bonhams & Goodman Sydney lot: 115 date: 21/09/2008
26 x 36.5 cm Watercolour

$1,560.00
3

Landscape

auction: GFL Fine Art Perth lot: 68 date: 01/06/2010
38 x 55 cm Watercolour

$1,495.00
4

Untitled

auction: Mossgreen Auctions Sydney lot: 139 date: 18/08/2008
25 x 17 cm each Two Hermansburg watercolours

$1,464.00
5

Ghost Gums, Central Australia

auction: Deutscher~Menzies Melbourne lot: 115D date: 24/11/1999
33.5 x 49.5 cm Watercolour on paper

$1,380.00
6

Central Australian Landscape

auction: Lawsons Sydney lot: 122 date: 02/03/1997
54 x 75 cm Watercolour

$1,320.00
7

Central Australian Landscape

auction: Elder Fine Art Adelaide lot: 180 date: 06/08/2006
26 x 74 cm Watercolour

$1,320.00
8

Central Australian Landscape, c. 1963

auction: Lawson~Menzies (now trading as Menzies) Sydney lot: 472 date: 22/11/2006
19 x 27 cm Quartet watercolour on board

$1,200.00
9

Central Australian Landscape

auction: Lawson~Menzies (now trading as Menzies) Sydney lot: 21 date: 06/02/2007
36 x 52 cm Watercolour on board

$1,200.00
10

Twin Gums in Landscape

auction: Watson's Auctioneers Christchurch lot: 83 date: 30/05/2006
24.5 x 37 cm Watercolour

$1,177.00
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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