• 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.

        • New Arrivals

          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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Industry Articles & Reviews

HOPE FOR ART DEALERS IN BLUE-CHIP SALE

Posted: 03/08/2021
By:nodadev

Kame Colour – Emily Kame Kngwarreye
151.0 x 91.0 cm

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With the sharemarket rising, the successful sale on Sunday of the collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty will give dealers hope the art market is also ready for an upswing.

More than 300 people ignored a stunning late summer’s day to crowd into the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sydney’s harbour front on Sunday to watch 266 contemporary artworks go under the hammer.

The Bonhams auction of works from the collection of the late Sydney pathologist Colin Laverty and his wife Elizabeth grossed $4.14 million ($5 million including buyer’s premium), midway between its presale estimate of $3.9 million to $5.6 million.

The sale cleared 86.5 per cent by lot and 84 per cent by value.

It had the feel of a sale held in the heady days of 2006 and 2007 where many were forced to stand after the seats were taken by those savvy enough to arrive early.

There were 349 registered bidders, many casting their bids over the telephone or internet. Among those in the room were former arts minister Peter Garrett, Aboriginal art specialist Wally Caruana, former Sotheby’s chairman Justin Miller and former Christie’s managing director Roger McIlroy.

At a time when contemporary art sales, and art auctions in general, have been tough, the auction highlighted the benefit of a single owner sale, which can whip up excitement, and the blue-chip provenance of the Lavertys – who have been collecting contemporary art for decades and bought much of their Aboriginal artworks on trips to remote communities. There was poignancy too; Colin Laverty died in February of cancer, aged 75.

The big-ticket paintings sold mostly for their low estimates, suggesting that at the top end art buyers are still cautious. But they sold, in contrast with the results of many auctions over the past few years, and no doubt a relief to Elizabeth Laverty, sitting in the second row with family members.

The important works making their low estimates included Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri’s 1994 painting Untitled (Rain Dreaming at Nyunman), which made $180,000; Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s early painting Untitled (Alagura/Alhalkere) 1989 which made $200,000;and William Robinson’s 1989 painting Landscape with Night and Day that fetched $220,000. Another of his works, The blue pools Springbook, Springbook to Beechmont (2000), the most expensive work, also made its low estimate, $420,000.

On top of all hammer prices buyers pay a 22 per cent auction house fee.

Works at lower prices sparked the best bidding duels, particularly paintings by well-respected mid-career artists, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal. New auction records were set for Peter Upward, Aida Tomescu, John Mawurndjul, Ildiko Kovacs and Paji Honeychild Yankarr.

It was a good day for abstract art, for which Colin Laverty had a particular penchant, but from which many Australian collectors shy away in favour of figurative paintings. Upward’s 1962 October Still made $110,000 hammer, nearly double its $60,000 high estimate and a record for the artist, who died in 1983. A beautiful blue Aida Tomescu painting from 2002 set a new record for the Sydney artist when it tripled its high estimate to make $60,000. Dick Watkins’s The Mooche (1968) made a $93,000 hammer, more than a half above its $60,000 high estimate, and Ildiko Kovacs’s2004 painting Boot made $72,000 hammer, nearly three times its high estimate.

The market for Aboriginal art also came firmly back to life. Highlights included Jan Billycan’s 2007 painting Kirriwirri, which made an $80,000 hammer against an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000.

Sally Gabori was also in hot demand: a 2009 painting that featured on the cover of a book about her doubled its high estimate to make $20,000.

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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