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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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          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.

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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. 

          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. 

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          Cooee Art Auctions offers bi-annual auctions of significant and highly-collectible Australian Indigenous artworks.

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          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

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          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.

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          Provides professional advice on the Indigenous art market in line with other investment categories, thereby serving the interests of artists, galleries and collectors.

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          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.

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          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.

ABORIGINAL FINE ART GALLERY, PURCHASE AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS ART, CONTEMPORARY AND ABORIGINAL ART FOR SALE – SYDNEY

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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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Henry Wambiny

Yarrawllybuny - 1999
$600

Price and availability are subject to change at the gallery's discretion.

Natural Earth Pigments on Belgian Linen | Size:100 x 60 cm
#14986 LOCATION: Bondi Beach

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Provenance

Narrangunny Art Traders, WA

Kimberley Art, VIC

Story

Henry Wambini was born in caves which the family sometimes used, on old Tickalara cattle station, just south of Turkey Creek and west of the Bungle Bungles, where they were given tobacco and tucker for catching dingoes and presenting the ears as proof. Henry soon learnt stock work on the big station, became a very adept horseman, and over the ensuing years, worked the cattle for contract musterers on many of the East Kimberley pastoral leases, including Spring Creek, Mabel Downs, Bow River, Texas Downs and Lissadell. During this time, he was admitted to the leprosarium at Derby, under observation for leprosy, or, as he put it; ‘for dark blood’, he stayed there for five years, gardening and doing odd jobs, then, with no visible lesions, he returned to Bow River. He found that his wife, the mother of his two daughters, had gone with his cowboy friend, Rover Thomas, so he immersed himself in his stock work.

Some years later, he injured his right arm, partly paralysing it, in a truck accident, but Henry adapted well to painting with his left hand. Texas Downs was the last station on which he worked before the Aboriginal stockman’s dispute, which resulted in all of the families going to live, first in Wyndham, and then, in the new community at Turkey Creek / Warmun. In the eighties, with life long friend, the late Jack Britten, he helped to establish the tiny community at Frog Hollow, near Tickalara.

Henry Wambini passed away in February 2003, where he was a resident at the Hostel at Warmun Community.

He will be remembered for his uncluttered, minimalist paintings of his ‘country’, Tickalara, and the old cattle stations, Hann Springs and Bungle Bungles.

Subject & Themes

The artist’s country Tickalara, the old cattle stations, Hann Springs and the Bungle Bungles

(Australian Art Network)

Narrangunny Art Traders, WA

Kimberley Art, VIC

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Nyutburria - 2000
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120 x 90 cm #15624 VIEW AT: Bondi Beach $3,500

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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