• ARTISTS

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

          Our gallery team travels regularly to remote areas of Australia to meet with artists and develop our exhibition program.

        • Auction Artists

          Cooee Art Auctions works with artists bi-annually across two separate departments – Indigenous Fine Art and Modern & Contemporary Fine Art.

          Read through the profiles and market analysis for the top 200 Indigenous artists

        • 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.

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          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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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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Exhibitions

Beyond Time | Booker Lowe Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

From 14 September to 14 December 2019 | Booker Lowe Gallery 4623 Feagan St, Houston, TX 77007, USA

In mid-September Cooee Art will partner with Booker-Lowe Gallery, to showcase masterworks as well as paintings by today’s “art stars.”

Today’s burgeoning Australian Indigenous art movement is diverse and full of visual surprises. Based on clan patterns, ancient iconography, and mythological stories passed on over 60,000 years, each tribe has its own style and each artist’s work is individually identifiable. Its origins lie in cave painting, rock engravings, ephemeral ceremonial ground design and body art. Its inspiration is custodianship of country, stories of creation, and the continuity of ceremonial and cultural life beyond the current generation.

The spread of the painting movement across Indigenous Australia during the past 60 years has been like a slowly moving fire through the Spinifex. Each place it has touched went on to ignite those before it. Long after interest in some of these artists and styles has waned, the art of the movement’s most important painters blazes on – artists such as Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Maggie Napangardi Watson who are represented in this exhibition.

In the 1950s Arnhem Land bark artists were the first to gain the public’s attention. As demand grew throughout the 1960s, small craft enterprises sprang up around the country and interest grew overseas for the first time. In 1970, a mural painted on a school wall sparked a painting revolution that resonated across the entire continent an continues to this day. By 1980, painting on canvas was spreading across the Central, Tanami, and Western Deserts. The first art boards were created in the far north of Western Australia, carried on the shoulders of dancers in ceremonies intended to revive Kimberley culture. Over the following decade, painting spread throughout Australia’s most remote desert regions – amongst the Warlpiri artists at Yuendumu, the Kukatja at Balgo Hills and the Eastern Anmatjerre artists at Utopia.  Here, there seemed to be an emphasis on luminosity, and a freer use of line, colour and expression.  Then, just as the heat turned once more toward Arnhem Land, which experienced a new wave of innovation post 2000, artists living in the remote APY lands* situated in South and West Australia began creating bold, fluid works full of vibratory colour and energy.

Where did all the energy and this passion to create art come from? I believe it was born of a cultural and historical imperative. Tribal custodians facing the loss of language, custom and culture desperately sought to tell their story, pass it on to their young, and assert their rights over land.

In time, the new caretakers of the visual expression of this priceless cultural legacy became, almost by default, institutions, museums and passionate private collectors in Australia, Europe and the Americas.  Beginning with the Smithsonian Institution’s Australian American Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land in 1948, US collectors have been drawn to Aboriginal art. Those of distinction included the university professor Edward Ruhe, who began collecting Aboriginal art in 1965, the media magnate John Kluge, and philanthropist Donald Kahn who became active in the late 1980s after attending the Dreamings exhibition at the Asia Society in New York.  By the 1990s the flame was being carried by Richard Kelton, Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan, Harvey Wagner and Will Owen, an Barbara and John Wilkerson, who metaphorically passed it on to contemporary art collectors Debra and Dennis Scholl. Today, the torch is carried by esteemed actor, writer and comedian Steve Martin and Swiss art patron and philanthropist Berenger Primat whose business and social interests extend into North America. It is obvious that these, and hundreds of other US collectors over the past 40 years, have been deeply moved by the work of remote Australian artists. With an experienced and sensitive eye, they have deliberately sought out many of the finest examples works ever painted. More than 100 magnificent works from Primat’s Foundation Opal collection are represented in the exhibition Mapa Wiya at the Menil Collection, Houston, during 2019-2020. Martin and Primat are the latest amongst a distinguished group of private European and US collectors who are driving the expanding interest of Australian Indigenous art in North America.

To coincide with the exhibition Mapa Wiya (Your Map’s Not Needed): Australian Aboriginal Art from the Fondation Opale at the Menil Collection, Cooee’s Directors Adrian Newstead and Mirri Leven are delighted to present the exhibition Australian Indigenous Art:  Beyond Time in collaboration with Houston’s Booker Lowe Gallery, the longest running Aboriginal art gallery in the Americas. The exhibition will open on September 14th, 2019 and continue through to December 14th, 2019.

Cooee Art is Australia’s oldest Indigenous fine art gallery. Since it was established in 1981, its founder Adrian Newstead OAM has staged more than 400 Indigenous art exhibitions in Australia and overseas, involving individual Indigenous artists and community groups while representing many of the movement’s most seminal artists.

Today, Indigenous art collectors are to be found all over the world sharing their passion with others – from Madrid to Rome, Miami to Seattle, and all across Australia.  They, like Berenger Primat, understand that, at a time when many of the world’s unique indigenous cultures are threatened by pressures on the natural world, these paintings have profound meaning and are especially significant.

They attest to the creative genius of a tradition that is 60,000 years old. A tradition that in spite of the rapid changes brought during the 20th and 21st centuries, continues to endure and enlighten those who have eyes to see and hearts to be moved by their beauty, ancient narrative, and eternal truths.

* Home to A?angu, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people

Beyond Time also includes works by leading and emerging artists who have continued – and expanded – the original vision, such as
Judy Watson Napangardi, Genevieve Kemarr Loy, and Lydia Balbal.
Opening Reception
with special guest
Adrian Newstead OAM
Founding Director, Coo-ee Gallery
4 – 6 pm
Saturday, September 14th
at
Booker-Lowe Gallery 
4623 Feagan Street
Houston, TX 77007
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Love Story at Ngarlu - 1991
 42 Number of 'Avaialable Artworks' by this artist. Click button to view.

152.5 x 122 cm #17118 

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Yam Dreaming - 1995
Emily Kame Kngwarreye 0

91 x 121.5 cm #17122  Sold

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Mina Mina - 1997
Maggie Watson Napangardi 0

151 x 78 cm #17120  Sold

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At the Site of Putantja
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152.5 x 91.5 cm #17554  $6,800

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Marruwa - 2006
Mitjili Napanangka Gibson 0

91 x 91 cm #17551  $4,800

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Bush Turkey Dreaming
Genevieve Kemarr Loy 0

122.0 x 90.0 cm #17033  $3,800

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Bush Leaf Dreaming - 2017
Abie Kemarre Loy 0

30 x 30 cm #17775  $700

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Mukula - 2019
Joy Gibson Napaltjarri 0

46 x 38cm #17505  Sold

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Wingelina - 2018
Pelita Napurrula 0

46 x 38cm #17507  Sold

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Ngayuku Ngura - My Country - 2018
Jennifer Ingkatji 0

148 x 98 cm #16781  Sold

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Bush Turkey
Genevieve Kemarr Loy 0

61 x 30cm #17416  Sold

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Womens Ceremony at marrapinti - 2002
Naata Nungurrayi 0

137 x 122 cm #2479  Sold

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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