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.
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.
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.
Jilamara Arts and Crafts, NT Cat. No. TC-102-07
The Harding Family Collection, NSW
The Pukumani ceremony is held on the land of the deceased to ensure the spirit of the deceased returns to its country and continues its journey to another life.
In an integral part of the ceremony, huge solid hardwood poles (tutini) are assembled around the ceremonial site as monuments to the deceased… At the end of the ceremony, tunga, stitched bark baskets, are placed over the top of the tutini – an act akin to candle stoppers snuffing out the light of life.
The tutini and tunga are left in place at the end of the ceremony. Eventually burnt by bushfire, eaten by termites and eroded by water and wind, these monuments, the last earthly physical reminder of the deceased, are reclaimed by the country, together with their wandering spirit.
No other living artist can match Cook’s ability to animate these massive ironwood and bloodwood poles and folded stringybark buckets into seemingly spirited forms. The very act of paintings his bold, gestural marks on these massive sculpted forms gives Cook’s tutini a sense of movement. They are completely transformed as darkness envelopes the ceremonial participants and they seemingly come to life, themselves central ceremonial figures, guiding the spirits of the deceased into their spirit world.*
*Bruce McLean, ‘Everything Returns to Place’ in Seva Frangos et al., Timothy Cook: Dancing with the Moon, UWA Publishing, Crawley, 2015, p.67