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

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

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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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        • 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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Exhibitions

Joshua Bonson | Skin

From 25 August to 8 September 2018 | Paddington Cooee Art Gallery 326 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021

Cooee Art Gallery is delighted to present SKIN, the first solo show in Sydney for Darwin based artist Joshua Bonson OPENING SATURDAY 25th AUGUST 2018. The exhibition will be on view at Cooee Art Gallery Paddington until the 8th September 2018. Please join us at the official opening Saturday 25th August, 2pm.

Bonson shares stories of his Indigenous heritage through his work. SKIN is a celebration of his family’s totem – The Saltwater Crocodile – and his personal view of the world. Whilst in his senior years at school, Bonson started to dabble with paint, creating textured black and white paintings in acrylics in what he describes as a 3D style. He applies his paint thickly creating works that are contemporary in appearance yet embody age old Indigenous traditions and meanings.
The idea is to recreate the scales of a saltwater crocodile, which my grandfather told me is my totem. The armoured skin of the reptile is shown by the built-up serrations of the paint and other materials applied by hand or directly from the tube. But it also works on different levels – it can be read as a close-up of a reptile’s skin and as a landscape both seen from a distance and as close-up details of rock’s and sand – Joshua Bonson
In this current body of work, colour too plays an integral role. Thick underlying layers of blues and greens represent the sea; shades of black, yellow, orange and red create the details of rocks and sand reflecting country. Through his art, Bonson is trying to rediscover his lost family culture and establish his place within it.
My great grandmother was from Badu in the Torres Strait Islands and her eldest son was my grandfather, Donald Bonson Senior. He is the inspiration for my work. He told me everything is connected – the land, the water and us. Like the crocodile, we are saltwater people with an ancient lineage – Joshua Bonson
Joshua also traces his ancestry through his great-great grandmother Dolly Bonson, a Jawoyn woman from Katherine who was also known as Bett-Bett the servant girl featured in We of the Never-Never and The Little Black Princess books by Jeannie Gunn.
Joshua Bonson was the youngest ever finalist in the prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award when just 18 years of age. Four years later at 22, he won the Togart Contemporary Art Award in Darwin. In 2013 Joshua was again a finalist in the 30th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, a finalist in the City of Albany Art Prize, and the winner of the Top End NAIDOC artist of the year. In 2014 he held his first solo exhibition and received the Young Achievers Award NT, in the Artist of the Year ceremony. A year later he was awarded a scholarship to the Bundanon Trust Artists Retreat, NSW by Ervin Vidor, Director of the Toga Group and was also a finalist in the Churchie Art Award QLD.
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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