• 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.

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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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Industry Articles & Reviews

COO-EE

Posted: 03/08/2021
By:nodadev

Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery (established in 1981) is a two-block stroll from Bondi Beach along Lamrock Avenue, and the gallery thrives rather than starves in its low-traffic location. It stretches spaciously across two floors and has many storerooms to house its expansive stock.  Away from the traditional hubs of Sydney’s fine art establishments, Coo-ee relies on long-standing customers and repeat visitors rather than off-the-street patronage. It is a place where interior designers and art consultants can bring their clients, and according to the gallery, low overheads mean less pressure to sell inferior work and the ability to price work competitively at current market values.

For twenty-five years, director Adrian Newstead ran the gallery at its former premises on Oxford Street, describing the experience as ‘relentless’. He tried to outrun the recession of the early 1990s and was selling a lot of art, but just not enough.

These days, Newstead has time to pursue different projects and Coo-ee has become the nexus of his activities as an art market commentator, art consultant, gallery director, online entrepreneur and curator and exporter of Aboriginal Art.

Earlier this year, the gallery shipped two complete exhibitions to private galleries in Paris and another to a commercial gallery in Seattle. The latter will feed off interest in Seattle Art Museum’s exhibition of the collection of Robert Kaplan and Margaret Levi; early customers of Coo-ee Gallery who bought their first work back in the 1980s.

With a New York consultant on board, Coo-ee has a mainline into the North American market and has penned in a first show for autumn in a commercial gallery in Central Park West. Even as the value of annual Aboriginal art sales at auction has decreased in Australia for the fourth consecutive year, from around $26 million at the market’s peak in 2007 to just $8 million last year, Coo-ee is tapping into the international market’s thirst for more desert art.

Domestically, the gallery has also been well positioned to make the most of the recent slump; with the global financial crisis stifling an inchoate secondary Aboriginal art market and opportunities to sell at auction at a high level drying up, Coo-ee has seen an increasing number of serious collectors consigning works for resale.

The gallery’s perennial presence and Newstead’s credentials – he ran the Aboriginal Art department at Lawson-Menzies during the industry’s halcyon period between 2003 and 2007 – make it a safe port of call for investors in uncertain times.

Newstead is confident works from his gallery have a higher chance of being accepted into major auction houses, and while he concedes that any collector’s market is an elitist construct, he believes the value that a work gains from Coo-ee’s imprimatur are well deserved. For Newstead, what some esoterically term ‘having the eye’ is the inevitable outcome of a lifetime spent dedicated to a specialist area: ‘You know which are good paintings by a certain artist… and which are grist to the mill’.

Years working directly with artists, including heavyweights like Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Rover Thomas, has also give Coo-ee’s director an intimate knowledge of Aboriginal culture (at the time of interview, Newstead had just returned from a trip to Lajamanu, 1000km south of Darwin, with Guy Maestri and Luke Sciberras) and it is these factors that Newstead would argue set the gallery apart in an industry that sees galleries, not to mention carpetbaggers, come and go with the wind.

For potential investors looking to cut corners at the other end of the market, Newstead warns that the attempt to subvert or avoid the market dynamics is utter naivety: ‘There are very, very compelling reasons why certain artworks, handled by certain peoples, are highly collectible’.

Coo-ee represents a select few contemporary practising Aboriginal artists, among them Rosella Namok, Abie Loy Kemarre, Kathleen Petyarre and the Lockhart River artists, and supplements solo shows from these artists with curated exhibitions sourced from around the country, and the Director’s Pick shows, which draw out stockroom highlights.

With a full-time gallery manager employed, this schedule allows Newstead time to pursue some significant side projects: the Australian Indigenous Art Market Top 100 website, for example, uses data from the Australian Art Sales Digest to track secondary market sales of Aboriginal artwork and rank the top one hundred Indigenous artists accordingly. Newstead has also completed work on a history of the Aboriginal art movement, due to be published early 2013.

Despite the market’s downturn, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery has carved out a diverse niche in the market that revolves around an ethos of quality over quantity. While there is a glut of Aboriginal art, Newstead is optimistic about the movement he has championed for the past three decades: ‘Ever since I’ve been involved, people have been saying that Aboriginal art will be buried under an avalanche of airport art. Nothing could be further from the truth’. Newstead estimates that over five million paintings have been painted since 1970 by Aboriginal artists, and of those, ‘100,000 are Aboriginal Australia’s great legacy to art history’.

-Ben Garrard, Australian Art Review Jul-Aug 2012

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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