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In 1986 I closed my gallery in Armadale and moved to the current address in Carlton where I have happily been ensconced ever since! I have held over 100 exhibitions. Over the years some old favourites have come back to the gallery as the owners are either down-sizing; departing or tastes are changing. Here are some of those works including a lovely little painting of a Paris Procession by the American painter of South Australian origins, Richard Hayley Lever. This painting was stolen out of my Armadale gallery over 30 years ago. It was returned to me after we spotted it in an auction recently with my price tag still hanging on the back!
Peter Clarke Abstracts
Since the 1960s Peter Clarke has practiced abstract painting that has emphasised texture, colour and gesture. His practice has always respected the local variant of global concerns. Early in his career he recognized the worth of continental European painting, in particular that stream of Spanish art that may be linked with matter painting. He studied the facture of Fautrier and Tapies whom he met in the 1960s. (These artists also have connections with Asian ideas). Clarke’s practice was complimented by an interest in contemporary American abstract painting of the time; this was filtered through his experiences in England and importantly Australia. His colours, textures, scale responding to the particularities of its light, landscape and traditions of an Australian practice.
Nick Botting exhibits every year at the Portland Gallery in London.
We think we have some of his best paintings here in Carlton. Some were painted last time he visited Australia and include Windy Day, Airey's Inlet, The Dome Reading Room, State Library of Victoria and some Carlton views England Going Out to Bat after Lunch 1st Test, Lahore 2000.
Over the last 30 years we have held over 40 exhibitions of Early Australian Watercolours and Drawings and Early Australian Paintings. Many of these works have been bought by public collections including The National Maritime Museum; National Library of Australia; State Library of Victoria; State Library of New South Wales; National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; Art Gallery of New South Wales; War Memorial, Canberra; University collections and Regional galleries. Sometimes the best works are still available at the end of the exhibitiion. I recently sold an Arthur Streeton watercolour of Sydney Harbour, 1896 that I had exhibited in 1988. It had been wrapped up in the stock room ever since!
Here are some watercolours and drawings from previous exhibitions that are still wrapped up in the stockroom
Paintings bought directly from the artists by London dealer, John Barkes.
The artists are professional painters and members of a Union of Artists. Many are represented in Russian museums and, since the Gorbachev reforms of the 1980s, their paintings are increasingly seen in galleries in the U.K., Europe, America and, most recently, China.
Among them are many artists who trained and taught at St Petersburg's prestigious Repin Academy, a school which produces graduates renowned for the depth of their draftsmanship and brilliant attention to detail and colour. Russian art has well and truly jumped the Iron Curtain and provides a vigorous secondary market for collectors.
A collection of landscapes, mostly Australian, currently available dating from 19th Century artists, Louis Wood, J. W. Curtis, J. H. Carse, A. H. Fullwood and more until current artists, Celia Perceval, Nick Botting and Jan Senbergs