EThe Michael Chandler Estate

1st June 2019
From: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Cooee Art Bondi Showroom
Address: 31 Lamrock Avenue, NSW, 2026

Mike Chandler (1944 –  2019)

Many members of the Aboriginal art community were saddened to hear of the passing of collector and art enthusiast Mike Chandler in January this year. Exhibitions at our own Cooee Art, Gallery, Gabriella Roy’s Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery and so many others will not be quite the same without him. Though he’d never really recovered from the loss of his lovely wife Barbie two years ago he still frequented galleries and art fairs, enthusing about the latest young artist or community to break onto the art scene. Apart from his devotion to Barbie, art, and design, fine wine and food, travel, animals and boats were his greatest passions.

Mike was widely credited amongst his peers as Australia’s greatest typographer. He’d transplanted himself from London to Sydney in 1978 and quickly established Australia’s pre-eminent typography, typesetting and artwork studio here. A recent obituary credited him as having helped improve the work of every single great writer and art director in Australian advertising throughout the last two decades of the 20th century.

When Mike retired in 2003, he and Barbie combined their love of art and travel haunting galleries and auctions and visiting remote Aboriginal art communities. With a background in advertising and promotion, and with children working overseas, they began to champion Aboriginal art through a series of European exhibitions. They collected deeply and sold many fine works from established art centres while promoting a number of un-represented Daly River artists living in the tiny Bulgul community.

Just prior to his death Mike was working on a project that he presented to me as an opportunity for the Aboriginal Benefits Foundation. He had designed beautifully type-set posters of many of the greatest and most uplifting speeches and poems ever written. He wanted to give them to Aboriginal community organisations and schools as a way of motivating young people. They included John Lennon’s Imagine, Paul Keating’s Redfern Speech, and Martin Luther King’s, I Have A Dream. This concern and compassion was a measure of the man.

At his funeral, family and close friends spoke about how great Mike was at everything he put his hand to. We will remember him as a great advocate for Aboriginal art, and a great humanitarian who was committed to making a difference to the lives of young Indigenous people.

He died suddenly at his home at Palm Beach on January 6th at 74 years of age.


The collection of works below will be sold on the 4th of June 2019 as part of our Aboriginal Works of Art auction starting at 7pm.

A special tribute and private view of these artworks from his collection will be on display at our Bondi Showroom starting at 2pm on Saturday 22nd May. Please come and pay tribute to this wonderful man.

Hair String by Eunice Napanangka
Hair String - 2004
Eunice Napanangka 1

92.0 x 122.0 cm
MP #130

Nurtu by Paji Honeychild Yankarr
Nurtu - 2002
Paji Honeychild Yankarr 1

91.0 x 100.0 cm
MP #132

Durrmu by Patsy Marfurra
Durrmu - 2007
Patsy Marfurra

110.0 x 110.0 cm
MP #135

Womens Ceremony  by Walangkura Napanangka
Womens Ceremony - 2005
Walangkura Napanangka 5

150.0 x 181.0 cm
MP #136

Outside Hunting Reef by Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori
Outside Hunting Reef - 2006
Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori 1

211.0 x 121.5 cm
MP #166

Tjiparitjarra, west of Kintore by Patrick Oloodoodi Tjungurrayi
Tjiparitjarra, west of Kintore - 2005
Patrick Oloodoodi Tjungurrayi

122.0 x 61.0 cm
MP #363

Wanampi - Water Snakes  by Tiger Palpatja
Wanampi - Water Snakes - 2005
Tiger Palpatja

122.0 x 102.0 cm
MP #408

Tjintjintjin by Pirrmangka Napanangka
Tjintjintjin - 2000
Pirrmangka Napanangka 3

91.0 x 153.0 cm
MP #410

Rockhole at Umari by Tjunkiya Napaltjarri
Rockhole at Umari - 2002
Tjunkiya Napaltjarri 6

122.0 x 153.0 cm
MP #411

Muruntji  by George Ward Tjungurrayi
Muruntji - 2003
George Ward Tjungurrayi 1

183.0 x 244.0 cm
MP #412

Untitled (Hairstring at Lulpinga rock hole) by Makinti Napanangka
Untitled (Hairstring at Lulpinga rock hole) - 2004
Makinti Napanangka 1

120.0 x 183.0 cm
MP #414

Pukunya by Inyuwa Nampitjin
Pukunya - 1998
Inyuwa Nampitjin 2

169.0 x 48.0 cm
MP #415

Designs of Country by Dinah Garadji
Designs of Country - 2000
Dinah Garadji

95.0 x 127.0 cm
MP #417

Untitled by Tommy (Yannima) Watson
Untitled - 2005
Tommy (Yannima) Watson 6

120.0 x 200.0 cm
MP #418

Women’s Ceremony at Kaakuratintja by Tatali Nangala
Women’s Ceremony at Kaakuratintja - 1998
Tatali Nangala 2

91.5 x 46.0 cm
MP #419

Pulkanya by Inyuwa Nampitjin
Pulkanya - 1997
Inyuwa Nampitjin 2

91.0 x 61.0 cm
MP #420

Durrumu by Patsy Marfurra
Durrumu - 2003
Patsy Marfurra

76.0 x 118.0 cm
MP #423

Kuruldu by Eunice Napanangka
Kuruldu - 2004
Eunice Napanangka 1

92.0 x 122.0 cm
MP #424

Sandhills by Lilly Kelly Napangardi
Sandhills - 2004
Lilly Kelly Napangardi 4

90.0 x 150.0 cm
MP #425

Culbardu, in the Great Sandy Desert, WA by Bai Bai Napangarti
Culbardu, in the Great Sandy Desert, WA - 1995
Bai Bai Napangarti 1

90.0 x 60.0 cm
MP #427

Travels of a Tingari Women to Pinari by Inyuwa Nampitjin
Travels of a Tingari Women to Pinari - 1998
Inyuwa Nampitjin 2

91.0 x 91.5 cm
MP #428

Nyukur by Pulpurru Davies
Nyukur - 2006
Pulpurru Davies

76.5 x 76.5 cm
MP #429

Kiwarr by Pulpurru Davies
Pulpurru Davies

76.0 x 51.0 cm
MP #430

Bambatj Mirringgi Ta Wan by Maida Stewart
Bambatj Mirringgi Ta Wan - 2010
Maida Stewart

200.0 x 270.0 cm
MP #431

Untitled by Tjurupara Watson
Untitled - 2007
Tjurupara Watson

120.0 x 220.0 cm
MP #432

Designs - Landscape by Dinah Garadji
Designs - Landscape - 1998
Dinah Garadji

138.0 x 163.5 cm
MP #433

 Two Bulgul Paintings by Marjorie Morgan
Two Bulgul Paintings - 2011
Marjorie Morgan

91.0 x 59 x 111 cm
MP #435

Honey Grevillea by Ruby Tjangawa Williamson
Honey Grevillea - 2005
Ruby Tjangawa Williamson

101.0 x 101.0 cm
MP #439

Syaw by Linda Gilbert
Syaw - 2007
Linda Gilbert

200.0 x 160.0 cm
MP #440

Liru Ngura  by Jean Inyalangka Burke
Liru Ngura - 2005
Jean Inyalangka Burke

117.0 x 205.0 cm
MP #441

Untitled by Patju Presley
Untitled - 2006
Patju Presley

133.0 x 167.0 cm
MP #442

Tjangara  by Jean Inyalangka Burke
Tjangara - 2005
Jean Inyalangka Burke

110.0 x 204.0 cm
MP #443

Hairstring by Eunice Napanangka
Hairstring - 2004
Eunice Napanangka 1

122.0 x 153.0 cm
MP #446

Sandhills  by Narpula Scobie Naparrula
Sandhills - 2003
Narpula Scobie Naparrula

120.0 x 120.0 cm
MP #447

Tilla Rockhole, near The Cunning Stock Route by Eubena Nampitjin
Tilla Rockhole, near The Cunning Stock Route - 1997
Eubena Nampitjin 7

120.0 x 80.0 cm
MP #448

Ngapa Jukurrpa - Water Dreaming by Shorty Robertson Jangala
Ngapa Jukurrpa - Water Dreaming - 2004
Shorty Robertson Jangala 9

122.0 x 46.0 cm
MP #449

Nyapari by Nellie Stewart
Nyapari - 2010
Nellie Stewart

122 x 142 cm
MP #450