• 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.

  • Contact

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

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
49.0099 40.9842 43.7991 64.1398 94.0742 89.7916 88.0000 113.3173 70.4543 68.1360 61.4706 58.8690 56.2592 62.0009 42.5212 84.0728 61.7559 63.4587 54.3817 56.5016
549/765 421/559 377/576 668/899 934/1364 884/1418 803/1114 775/1197 599/1017 618/945 683/1095 678/1086 601/903 530/773 519/801 783/1042 552/863 559/865 549/941 612/895
$11,219 $14,747 $19,122 $14,446 $13,440 $13,492 $16,095 $28,315 $18,150 $17,032 $11,231 $11,916 $12,194 $19,560 $9,714 $16,037 $16,894 $16,979 $14,675 $13,864
Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 -

Current AIAM Index

56.5016 15%

The AIAM Index gives an indication of the general health of the industry, which is currently up up 15% from 2000 levels.

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.

Compiled by Adrian Newstead, the analytics tool uses all statistics provided by The Australian Art Sales Digest, the foremost information source for secondary market art prices and news. First published in print in 1995, and followed by an online version in 1998, its database now contains records of over 450,000 works by more than 40,000 artists offered for sale in Australia and New Zealand from 1969 to the present day.

The Australian Art Sales Digest is an indispensable tool for valuers, art consultants, auctioneers, public and private galleries and collectors. Sales records for individual artists are supplemented by segmental and overall market statistics, and art market news and opinion written by art market professionals.

CURRENT INDIGENOUS ART MARKET

The developing market

Interest in Australian Indigenous art and craft has followed an exponentially growing trajectory since Aboriginal artefacts were first traded as curios during the early colonial period in the late 18th century. By the beginning of the 20th century, artefacts were already held in private and museum collections around the world. In the early 1900s, a number of Aboriginal artists drew romantic recreations of everyday and ceremonial life and gained notoriety. Amongst them were William Barak, Tommy McRae, and Micky of Ulladulla to name but a few.

The first real art movement to emerge amongst Aboriginal people was the Hermannsburg watercolour school led by Albert Namatjira who painted his first works in 1932. His sons and a breakaway group including Otto Pareroultja followed, and by the time of Albert’s death in 1959, more than 30 artists had gained renown for realistic depicts of the desert landscape near the Western MacDonnell ranges in Central Australia.

Following the 1948 Australian American scientific expedition to Arnhem Land in 1948, the trade in bark paintings and a range of cultural items grew and these were sought out by  tribal art galleries in Australia and overseas. By the early 1970s the primary retail market had grown to be worth just under $1 million coinciding with the advent of the Western Desert Art Movement at Papunya. The ‘outstation homeland’s movement’ of the 1970s assisted former nomadic Aboriginal people to establish communities back out on their tribal country sparking a creative fervour that saw the establishment of a dozen community art centres and the total Australian Indigenous art market grow to $2.5 million by 1980. It continued to grow to $20 million by 1990,  $45 million by 1995, and $70 million by 2000.  Sotheby’s held the first secondary market auction specialising in Australian Aboriginal art in 1994 and recorded sales of $660,000. By the end of the 1990s auction sales had reached $5 million.

2000 Onwards

By 2003 the market had doubled and peaked at $28.4 million in 2007. Though the market declined during the Global Financial Crisis and did not stabilise until 2014 it has been on a path of steady growth since that time. Today there are more than 100 community art centres throughout Australia and hundreds of Aboriginal artists who are either represented by agents and fine art galleries, or who run their own careers independently.

The highest record price for an artwork by an Australian Aboriginal Artist was set in 2006 when Sotheby’s sold Western Desert art founder Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri’s Wurlurkulong to the National Gallery of Australia for $2.4 million. The unrivalled Queen of Eastern Desert painting, Emily Kngwarreye set the second highest price for Earth’s Creation I, when it sold at the Cooee Art for $2.1million in 2017.

Of the top 10 record prices ever achieved for Indigenous paintings in Australia 3 are held by urban artist Lin Onus (whose highest price is $793,000) and 3 are held by the East Kimberley master painter Rover Thomas (highest price $778,750).

2016 saw the most significant annual rise in the fortunes of the Aboriginal art market since the onset of the GFC. During that year new record prices were set for Michael Nelson Tjakamarra ($687,875), William Barak ($512,000), Albert Namatjira ($122,000), Daniel Walbidi ($79,300), Mick Kubarku ($60,039), Owen Yalandja ($51,462), Robert Campbell Jnr. ($48,880), and Maringka Baker ($26,840), while Emily Kngwarreye was the most traded artist with 27 works offered for sale, followed by Albert Namatjira with 24.

The period 2016 to 2020 saw a  steady rise in the overall strength of the market despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Counter-intuitively, high-end art sales benefited from the downturn in first class international travel and five-star hotel accommodation.

With international attention generated by shows at Gagosian Galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, Emily Kngwarreye set 4 of the highest prices achieved at auction during 2020 and 3 of the highest prices during 2021 (to June).  Other artists to hit high water marks in 2021 were, in Onus, Rover Thomas, the contemporary artist Tracy Moffatt and Ginger Riley Mundawalawala.

Overall, the growth in confidence, and the upward trajectory in sales totals and average prices for the top 200 indigenous artists since the GFC, indicates that the market will continue to grow at a rate considerably faster than the overall economy at least until 2025.

REDFERN GALLERY

17 Thurlow Street,
Redfern, NSW, 2016

p. +61 (02) 9300 9233
Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 10am till 5pm

BONDI BEACH GALLERY

31 Lamrock Avenue
Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

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Opening Hours:
Open by appointment

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

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