Art of Music returned in 2014 with some of Australia's most iconic songs which inspired our best visual artists.  Presented by Jenny Morris, the event raised much needed funds for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, who use the power of music to transform lives.

The gala event was held on Saturday 14 June, 2014 in the Grand Court of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.  

We were entertained with three intimate performances, which highlighted the works of art on display: Sunny Amoreena, Missy Higgins and Don Walker.  Plus an impromptu performance by Megan Washington during the auction to highlight the artwork by Luke Sciberras which was inspired by Megan's song 'Belly of the Whale'. 

Spotted amongst the crowd were Peter Garrett, Claudia Karvan, Iva Davies, Simon Day from Ratcat, Hugo Weaving, Les Gock from HUSH, Andrew Denton, Jennifer Byrne and plenty more.  It was the who's who of music, entertainment and art in Australia!  

"Art of Music first came together because of my love of music and the visual arts.  I have friends in both areas and I thought I could push my friendships with them to help out.  Now, 8 years on, the event has gone from strength to strength and I'm so proud to be able to help such a great cause"  Jenny Morris  


The artists who are presented artwork for the 2014 auction were:  Giles Alexander, Lucy Culliton, Nicholas Harding, Fiona Lowry, Guy Maestri, Amanda Marburg, Ben Quilty, Leslie Rice, Luke Sciberras, Alex Seton and Michael Zavros.


gIles alexander

Inspiration: Aether, by The Necks



Oil and resin on polyester canvas

Dimensions:  105 x 65cm

Giles Alexander emigrated from England to Australia in 2000, enrolling at the National Art School in 2003. In 2005, he won the inaugural MCQ International Art Prize at the MCA and the Murray Sime Prize for painting at the National Art School.  The year after completing his degree, he won the 2007 Metro5 Art Prize in Melbourne and had the first of three solo exhibitions at Mori Gallery, Sydney.  He has subsequently been short listed in most major Australian art prizes including the Sulman, Blake, Duke and Moran, and has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2010, 2011 and 2013.  Alexander's work has been widely exhibited at art fairs including London and sydney contemporary, Basel Miami and ArtHK as well as solo exhibitions in Asia, most recently at the Australian High Commission, Singapore.  Alexander is represented by Martin Browne contemporary, Sydney and The Fine Art Society Contemporary, London.

lucy culliton

Inspiration: Young Girls, by Don Walker


Young Girls

Oil on board

Dimensions:  100 x 100 cm

Born in Sydney in 1966, Lucy Culliton worked first as a graphic designer before graduating with a Diploma of Fine Arts from the National Art School, Sydney in 1996. Lucy is a highly accomplished painter and her sophisticated use of texture and colour renders her subjects with a sensory potency that brings a sense of appreciation to even the most modest of subjects. 

Lucy has held eight solo exhibitions and has been awarded several prizes for her work, including the Portia Geach Memorial Art Prize in 2006 and the Mosman Art Prize for Painting in 2000. She has been a finalist in the Archibald, the Sulman and the Wynne prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW and the Dobell Prize. Her work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and Parliament House, Canberra, as well as in many private collections.  Lucy lives and works in Bibbenluke, NSW and is represented by Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney.


Inspiration: Where the Wild Roses Grow, by Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue


Where the Wild Roses Grow

Oil on linen

Dimensions: 112 x 107cm

Nicholas Harding was born in 1956 in the UK, and came to Australia in 1965.  Nicholas has been an Archibald finalist every year from 1994-2009 and 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, Nicholas 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 and won the Kilgour Prize in 2006.

fiona lowry

Inspiration: Everything's Turning to White, by Paul Kelly


Everything's Turning to White

Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions:  120 x 80 cm

Fiona Lowry was born in 1974 in Sydney.  She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at the Sydney College of the Arts.  Since 2001, Fiona has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including the Wynne Prize and the Sulman Prize.  In 2008, Fiona was awarded the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and in 2009, The University of Queensland National Artists' Self-Portrait Prize.  In 2013, her work was Highly Commended for the Archibald Prize and also in 2013 she was awarded the Fleurieu Art Prize.  Fiona lives and works in Sydney and is represented by Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney.

guy maestri

Inspiration: Are You Leaving for the Country, by The Drones


Are You Leaving for the Country

Oil on linen

Dimensions:  182 x 152 cm

Guy Maestri completed B.F.A Honours Painting at National Art School, Sydney in 2002.  His collections include National Portrait Gallery, Macquarie Bank and Parliament House.  Since 2001 Guy has had regular solo and group exhibitions including the Brett Whitely Traveling Art Scholarship in 2002, 2003 and 2004 with Highly Commended in 2002, the Dobell Prize for Drawing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2007 & 2008, the Paddington Art Prize, the Melbourne Art Fair, the Mosman Art Prize and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.  In 2009, Guy was the winner of the Archibald Prize and in 2001 the winner of Commendation Prize, Mosman Art Prize.

amanda marburG

Inspiration: That Ain't Bad, by Ratcat


That Ain't Bad

Oil on linen

Dimensions: 60 x 75 cm

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, the Roger Kemp Memorial Award in 1999, Five in 2001 from the Span Gallery, Melbourne.  In 2008, Amanda undertook a Rome Studio Residency, funded by Australia Council.  She was a finalist in both the 2011 and 2013 Archibald Prize.

ben quilty

Inspiration: The Special Two, by Missy Higgins


The Special Two

Oil on linen

Dimensions:  130 x 110 cm

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. In 2009 Ben was awarded the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, in 2011 won the Archibald Prize for his portrait of Margaret Olley, in 2012 was a finalist in the Archibald Prize and in 2014 was awarded the Prudential Eye Award (both overall & painting) in Singapore.

leslie rice

Inspiration: Back in Black, by AC/DC


Back in Black

Acrylic on velvet

Dimensions: 101.6 x 72.6 cm

Born in 1976, in 2003 Leslie moved to Sydney to focus his creative energy on attaining an Art degree, completing a Bachelor of Fine Art (majoring in painting) at the National Art School in 2005 and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) in 2006.  Leslie is a lecturer at the National Art School, Sydney and has shown at numerous solo and group exhibitions.  He has been a finalist in the Blake Prize for Religious Art in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and in both 2007 and 2012 won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.  In 2008 and 2010, Leslie was selected as a finalist in the Archibald Prize and in 2013, a finalist in the Sulman Prize.

luke sciberras

Inspiration: The Belly of the Whale, by Washington


The Belly of the Whale

Oil on board

Dimensions: 120 x 240 cm

Luke Sciberras was born in 1975 in Sydney and over the past fifteen years has held many successful exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne. His work is predominately focused on landscape but often turns to the subjects surrounding food , cooking and the kitchen interior.  Sciberras travels regularly into the Australian landscape harvesting his abstracted images from the Tanami desert in the northern territory, to the Flinders ranges of South Australia and throughout outback New South Wales.  He carries on the enduring Australian tradition of landscape painting and enjoys the support, friendship and encouragement from his mentors such as John Olsen and Elisabeth Cummings. The paintings, drawings and prints of Luke Sciberras feature widely in private, corporate and public collections around Australia.  Luke lives and works in Hill End, NSW.

alex seton

Inspiration: Desert Island, by Architecture in Helsinki


Desert Island

Polyester resin and rubber spigot

Dimensions:  16 x 33 x 33 cm

Alex Seton is a Sydney based artist who graduated from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW in 1998. He has exhibited in numerous sculpture exhibitions over the years, including Sculpture by the Sea four times since 2002, the McClelland Sculpture Survey 05, The Helen Lempriere Sculpture Award 06 and New Social Commentaries 06. Alex has participated in group shows such as Flaming Youth at the Orange Regional Gallery, international sculpture symposiums such as the 2007 Hanyu International Sculpture Cup, in Shenzhen in China, and a number of solo shows, including both 'Security Blanket' at Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, and 'Panoply' at Chalk Horse Gallery, in 2007. Alex's practice has earned a growing reputation based upon producing carved marble and synthetic stone sculptures that play on optical illusion and the perception of surface.  Alex's work is held in numerous public and private collections, both in Australia and internationally, including; the Art Gallery of New South Wales Society, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; ArtBank; Australian War Memorial, Canberra; Danish Royal Art Collection Denmark; Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle; Patrick Corrigan Collection, Sydney and the University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.

michael zavros

Inspiration: Royals, by Lorde



Oil on canvas

Dimensions:  75 x 55 cm

Michael Zavros was born in 1974 and graduated from Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1996.  International residencies include a 2001 Milan Residency and both 2005 and 2010 Barcelona Residencies , awarded through Australia Council.  Zavros has been awarded three of the four prestigious prizes awarded for drawing in Australia; the 2002 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, the 2005 Robert Jacks Drawing Prize and the 2007 Kedumba Drawing Award.  He was the recipient of the 2004 MCA Primavera Collex Art Award.  In 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009, he was a finalist in The Archibald Prize.  In 2010, he was awarded the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and in 2007 was appointed to the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.  His work is held in numerous public and private collections, including The National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, University of Queensland Art Museum, ArtBank and National Portrait Gallery.

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