ART of music 2008

Amazing food, fabulous wine, intimate performances, all set in the iconic Grand Court of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.  The 2nd Art of Music event was held on Saturday 31 May 2008, and it was nothing short of spectacular.  

Performances included Old Man River, Dave Mason, Neil & Tim Finn, plus an impromptu performance of Flame Trees by Jimmy Barnes and Don Walker.  

2008 artists who presented artworks to be auctioned were: David Bromley, Del Kathryn Barton, Adam Cullen, Nicholas Harding, Peter Kingston, Euan Macleod, Amanda Marburg, Reg Mombassa, James Powditch, Ben Quilty, Peter Sharp, Wendy Sharpe, Garry Shead, Robyn Stacey.

David Bromley

Inspiration: Cigarettes Will Kill You by Ben Lee


Cigarettes Will Kill You by Ben Lee

Dimensions: 122cm x 152cm

David Bromley arrived in Australia from England at the age of four in 1964. His works, typically capturing childhood innocence lost and found, and more recently exploring the female form, can themselves be found in major private and corporate collections in Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa, USA, Europe, and Australia. His work is exhibited regularly throughout Australia, Europe, UK, South Africa, America & Asia and he has in the last ten years had over thirty solo exhibitions. He has twice been named recently by Australian Art Collector magazine as one of Australia’s 50 most collectible artists.


Inspiration: Nobody's Baby Now by Nick Cave.


Nobody's Baby Now

Dimensions: 120cm x 100cm

Del Kathryn Barton was born in 1972 and studied at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in Sydney. In 2005 Del was deemed ‘One to watch’ by Vogue Arts, Australian Vogue and since 1995 has participated in a range of solo and group exhibitions. She currently lives and works in Sydney. Del's work is distinguished by its technical skill and its vibrant, figurative imagery. Her drawings and paintings encapsulate the exciting crossovers between traditional techniques and contemporary design and illustration. In 2007, Del was an Archibald finalist for her portrait of Vasili Kaliman.

Adam Cullen

Inspiration: Jailanguru by Warumpi Band



Dimensions: 122cm x 122cm

Adam was born in Sydney in 1965 and lives and works in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Adam completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales in 1999, A Graduate Diploma of Professional Art Studies at City Art Institute in 1987 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at City Art Institute in 1986. He has won a number of prizes, including Highly Commended, Archibald Prize in 1999 and winning the Archibald Prize in 2000 with a portrait of actor David Wenham. Since 1992, Adam has participated in a range of solo and group exhibitions.

Nicholas Harding

Inspiration: Wash Me Clean by Bernard Fanning


Wash Me Clean

Dimensions: 112cm x 107cm

Nicholas Harding was an Archibald finalist every year from 1994-2006. He won it in 2001 with a painting of actor John Bell as King Lear. He was commended in 1998 for his portrait of Margaret Olley and Highly Commended for his portrait of Bob Dickerson, 'Bob's Daily Swim' which won the People’s Choice Award in 2005. Since 1981 Harding has been included in numerous group shows, including the Dobell Drawing Prize (winning in 2001), the Wynne and Sulman Prizes, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Kedumba Drawing Award (joint winner in 1994). He has exhibited in London and has had regular solo exhibitions in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. He received a Centenary Medal for Services to Australian Art in 2003.

 Peter Kingston

Inspiration: Dreams of Ordinary Men by Dragon


Dreams of Ordinary Men

Dimensions: 75cm x 103cm

Peter Kingston was born in 1943 in Sydney and currently lives in Lavender Bay, Sydney. Peter studied in the 1950’s under the esteemed painter and art master at Cranbrook School - Justin O’Brien. Encouraged to follow his creative instincts, Kingston went on to study both art and architecture at the University of New South Wales. Peter has held numerous solo and group exhibitions and is represented in both national and international collections including Australia National Gallery and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Peter is a ‘Friend of Luna Park’ and in 2005 was awarded the Sydney Harbour Artist Award by the National Maritime Museum.

Euan Macleod

Inspiration: Let's Cook by Mental As Anything


Let's Cook

Dimensions: 100cm x 124cm

Euan Macleod was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1956. He attained a Diploma of Fine Arts (Painting) in 1979, and moved to Sydney in 1981. He has had over 50 solo shows in Australia and New Zealand and has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in Australia and internationally. His work is represented in many private and public collections, including Te Papa Museum, New Zealand, the National Gallery of Australia and the Metropolitan Museum, New York. He has won a number of prizes including the Archibald in 1999, the Sulman Prize in 2001 and the Blake Prize in 2006. Euan lives and works in Sydney.

Amanda Marburg

Inspiration: Flame Trees by Cold Chisel


Flame Trees

Dimensions: 45cm x 30cm

Amanda Marburg was born in Melbourne in 1976. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1999 and an Associate Diploma of Visual Art (Painting) at the Western Metropolitan College of TAFE in Melbourne in 1996. Amanda has participated in numerous solo exhibitions, collaborations and group exhibitions since 2000. She has also won awards such as Art & Australia’s ANZ Private Bank Emerging Artist Program in 2005 and the Roger Kemp Memorial Award in 1999.

Reg mombassa

Inspiration: Dirty Creature by Split Enz


Dirty Creature

Dimensions: 70cm x 52cm

Chris O’Doherty a.k.a. Reg Mombassa has a diploma of painting from the National Art School. He has exhibited at Watters Gallery since 1975, and has designed t-shirts and posters for Mambo Graphics since 1986. He was a member of Mental as Anything from 1976 to 2000 and has been a member of Dog Trumpet since 1990. He has exhibited his work in group and solo shows in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Italy and England.

James Powditch

Inspiration: Cattle and Cane by The Go-Betweens


Cattle and Cane

Dimensions: 83cm x 146cm x 12cm

James Powditch lives and works in Marrickville, Sydney. He has held solo exhibitions since 1997 and has participated in numerous group exhibitions. James has been a past finalist in the Wynne and Sulman Prizes, the Dobel Prize for Drawing, was selected for the ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award in 2005 and has regularly appeared in the Salon de Refuses and Year in Art exhibitions. He was joint winner of the Blake Prize for Religious Art in 2005 and the winner of the Mosman Art Prize in 2007. In 2008 his work was selected for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes. His work combines elements of sculpture, assemblage, painting and architecture and is heavily influenced by cinema history.

Ben Quilty

Inspiration: Young Modern Album by Silverchair


Young Modern Album

Dimensions: 214cm x 183cm

Ben Quilty was a finalist in the 2006 Archibald Prize for his portrait of artist Adam Cullen. He was a finalist in the 2004 Archibald and Wynne Prizes and in 2005 was an Archibald finalist with his portrait of Beryl Whitely, mother of the late Brett Whitely and founder and patron of the Brett Whitely Travelling Art Scholarship, which Quilty won in 2002. He has worked full-time as an artist ever since and has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia as well as completing residencies in Hill End, Sydney, Melbourne, Paris and Barcelona.

Peter sharp

Inspiration: Townsville by The Necks



Dimensions: 200cm x 130cm

Peter Sharp was born in Sydney in 1964 and lives and works in Sydney. He began studying art in 1983 at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, where he gained a Degree in Art Education, a Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts and finally, a Masters Degree in Fine Arts in 1992. Peter started exhibiting in 1987 and held his first solo exhibition at Coventry Gallery, Sydney, in 1989. In 1996 Sharp was awarded the Jacaranda Drawing Prize and in the following year was granted a residency at the Cite' des Arts Internationale, Paris, where he collaborated with French printmakers to make a series of lithographs and etchings. In 2001, Sharp was invited to participate in the award winning television documentary Two-Thirds Sky, which culminated in an exhibition of the same title held at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery. He has been a finalist in both the Wynne Prize (1996, 2003) and Sulman Prize (1998, 2008) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Peter has taught widely at both secondary and tertiary levels including the Conservatorium Music High School, the College of Fine Arts University of New South Wales and the National Art School, Sydney. Peter’s painting practice has been influenced by frequent journeys into the Australian desert and from living on the Sydney coastline. His bold abstractions, whether in paint, print, charcoal or sculpture, explore the myriad features of the Australian landscape, distilled into the most simple, linear forms. His work aims to maintain a dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous abstract artists who explore the diversity of the Australian landscape.

Wendy Sharpe

Inspiration: Quasimodo's Dream by The Reels


Quasimodo's Dream

Dimensions: 152cm x 167cm

Wendy Sharpe has won numerous awards, scholarships and residencies. These include Marten bequest traveling Scholarship, the Sulman Prize, Archibald Prize and the Portia Geach Memorial prize twice. She was one of Australia's official artists sent to East Timor in 1999, and in late 2007 was awarded a residency at the Art Gallery of New South Wales Studio at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris for the second time. In January and February 2008, she had an artist residency at the Australian Embassy in Cairo. She also exhibits regularly throughout Australia.

Garry Shead

Inspiration: Shadows Fall by Brewster Brothers


Shadows Fall

Dimensions: 75cm x 60cm

Garry Shead was born in Sydney in 1942. He studied at the National Art School from 1961 to 1962 and worked as a scenic artist and then a film editor at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from 1963 to 1968 as well as editing an arts paper and drawing cartoons. Garry was awarded the Archibald Prize in 1993 for his portrait of artist Tom Thompson. In 1995, he turned his humorous and satirical eye to Australia's relationship with Queen Elizabeth II. In 2004 he was awarded the prestigious Dobell Prize for Drawing for his diptych Colloquy with John Keats. Garry has held over fifty solo exhibitions and has been included in more than seventy group shows. His work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, all state galleries, many regional galleries and numerous private and corporate collections, both nationally and internationally.

Robyn Stacey

Inspiration: The Butterfly Collector by Paul Weller
(Executive raffle prize) 


The Butterfly Collector

Dimensions: 120cm x 170cm

Robyn Stacey is one of Australia's most acclaimed photographers. Her large and striking images have been exhibited widely in Australia and internationally since the mid 1980s. Stacey is the recipient of major awards and research grants, including a number of Visual Arts Board grants (most recent New Work 2004), and University research grants (most recent Linkage 2006). She was awarded a Samstag Scholarship (1994) to study at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her artist in residencies include the Macleay Museum at Sydney University 2004-6, University of Leiden, Netherlands 2003-06, the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales 2002, the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney 2001-3, and the National Center for Supercomputuing Applications at the University of Illinois 1993. Her work is studied as part of the New South Wales and Victorian High School Curriculum in the units: visual design, visual art, digital media, and photography. Robyn Stacey has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales and is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney.


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