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.
Warmun Art Centre, WA Cat No. 225/06 Niagara Galleries, Vic Cat No. 9962 Private Collection, Vic
Lena was born at Warnmarnjooloogoon Lagoon (near Greenvale Station) and grew up in Thildoowam country, also known as Old Lissadell Station. Like other Aboriginal people living in the East Kimberley at this time, Lena was put to work on the station at an early age under conditions akin to indentured labour. Here she worked a wide range of jobs, including mustering cattle, milking cows, and general station duties. Lena moved to the new Lissadell Station when it was relocated for the development of Lake Argyle. This region is of special significance to Lena, who remembers the water for the Ord River Irrigation Scheme covering her country and all of its significant sites.
Lena paints two principal Dreamings. The first is Jimbirla. Jimbirla are the sharp quartz-like stones used by Gija people of the past to make spear tips. These are found in abundance in Nyadbi’s father’s country, which lies to the north of Warmun.
The second is Dayiwool Lirlmim – the scales that scraped off the Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) barramundi, as she jumped through a range of hills escaping from the Spinifex nets of women who were trying to catch her. The gap her body made in the rock is the current site of the Argyle Diamond Mine and the diamonds are her scales. Lena paints, what she describes as her ‘poor bugger country’, as mining physically renders what were once mountains into plains.
In 2006, Lena was one of eight Indigenous artists from Australia featured in the Musée du quai Branly project in Paris, which involved reproducing her work in concrete relief on the façade of the building. This relationship continued in 2013, when Lena’s ‘Dayiwool Lirlmim’ was recreated in large scale on the rooftop of the museum, visible from atop the Eiffel Tower.