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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
COOEE ART INTRODUCES:
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FINE ART
Unparalleled secondary art market expertise and experience, we seek to establish new benchmarks for pricing and documentation for Australian artists. This includes artworks by historically important artists and also, as a point of distinction, artworks by those whose works have been over looked and are therefore currently under-represented in the secondary art market.
“This is a much-needed venture for the ecosystem of the arts industry. With no legitimate secondary market for collectors to sell those works, we need to be thinking about a long-term plan for us to continue to have an Australian secondary art market.”
Litsa (nee Veldekis) Wilkinson is former CEO of Menzies Art Brands (2009-2011) Litsa oversaw the marketing of Sidney Nolan’s First-Class Marksman to the AGNSW for $5,400,000 (the current Australian art market record price for a single artwork). In 2013, Litsa was Head of Australian and international art at Bonhams (2013-2014) and was responsible for developing the company’s strategic vision for the Australian market. She secured the largest single owner collection ever sold in Australia “The Reg Grundy Collection” ($19 million) and coordinated all aspects of this successful global event, touring the collection to each State, with selected works shown in London. During her tenure, Bonham’s secured the Collection of Dr Colin and Mrs Elizabeth Laverty. The auction held at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art was one of the largest and most diverse ever offered for sale in this country. Litsa is an accredited fine arts valuer. She is an executive member of the Art Consulting Association of Australia and currently serves as its Media Spokesperson.