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Australian artist a true nature lover

Australian artist Hobie Porter is a keen nature lover and has a burning desire to illustrate how human beings interact with nature and the effect they have on the environment.

The 38-year-old, who lives among the subtropical rainforest of the Tweed Valley in northern New South Wales from which he derives much of his inspiration, is holding his first Mossgreen showing from Saturday November 29 to Saturday December 20 at 126-130 High Street, Armadale.

The...

A famous travelling companion

A gold travelling clock that once belonged to legendary Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba should have buyers flocking through Philips Auctions doors for its next jewellery sale from 6pm Monday October 27 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

The clock, made by Vacheron Constantin and with “Vacheron Paris” marked on the flap, has the signature “Nellie Melba” engraved on the case.

The diva gave the clock to her friend Thomas Hazelton-Cochrane who then...

Auguste Blackman Love Story exhibition

Opening Saturday October 25 from 3pm to 5pm at Angela Tandori Fine Art Gallery 55 Victoria Parade Collingwood, Auguste Blackman’s latest exhibition entitled The Love Story evokes a generational narrative of love and creativity.

Auguste Blackman is the gifted eldest child of celebrated Australian artist Charles Blackman and his talented wife, writer Barbara Blackman. Auguste’s parents romantic and creative partnership is legendary...

Rare Winchester rifle to go to auction

An extremely rare Winchester Model 1876 “One of One Thousand” will be the highlight of Australian Arms Auctions Saturday May 3 and Sunday May 4 auction respectively from 6pm and 10am at Eley Park Community Centre, 87 Eley Road, Blackburn South.

One of only 54 “One of One Thousand” ever made and expected to sell for more than $375,000, the repeating rifle belonged to iconic collector the late Robert Stagg of Wangaratta – who had more than 1000 registered antique firearms in his...

Rare books, maps and manuscripts up for auction

Antiquarian bookseller Peter Arnold is holding one of his infrequent auctions of rare books, maps, prints and manuscripts from 6.30pm Monday and Tuesday at Ormond Hall Moubray Street, Prahran.

Among the historical items will be John Cotton’s Letters from Australia Felix – an important album of letters, watercolours, and sketches from his six years (1843-49) in the Port Phillip District.

Cotton was a cultured Englishman, naturalist and talented artist...

Famous ceramics restorer to lecture at master class in March

Internationally famous ceramics restorer and conservator Penny Fisher will be the guest lecturer at a master class in ceramic restoration from Monday March 17 to Friday March 21 at the Living and Learning Centre 6B Henry Street, Pakenham.

The five-day course (from 10am-4pm each day) is being run by course convenor Alison Berton, who runs a small antiques and collectibles business in Melbourne’s south.

The course, which costs $995 and includes extensive notes and a comprehensive...

Mossgreen announces new Australian art department

Mossgreen has formed a new Australian art department, led by respected art specialist Jon Dwyer.  

Jon is widely regarded as a leading authority on Australian art, having worked in the industry for over 30 years.

He started at Leonard Joel before going on to become a director at Christies.

Mossgreen’s auction calendar will now expand to include two curated multi-vendor Australian art auctions each year - in June and October - while continuing...

Sotheby's London Chinese department head to visit Australia for valuable Chinese artefacts

Director and head of Sotheby’s London Chinese ceramics and works of art department, Robert Bradlow, will visit Sydney and Melbourne in early February to seek consignments for Sotheby’s Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art auction, to be held in London on May 14.

Sotheby’s achieved global sales of US$362 million for Chinese ceramics and works of art in 2013, which was an extremely successful result.

One outstanding result was at the 40th anniversary sales in...

Australian Galleries shows Jock Clutterbuck's Ontology

Australian Galleries will show Jock Clutterbuck’s Ontology Exhibition in November and December at 35 Derby Street, Collingwood.

A sculptor and printmaker of national significance, Clutterbuck is known for his sophisticated abstract forms executed with precision and detail, while still maintaining an impression of underlying esoteric mysticism.

Both his sculptures and works on paper draw on cartouche like arrangements with a demarcated outer perimeter...

Kate Bergin unveils latest works

Following a hugely successful sold out show at the 2012 Melbourne Art Fair, award winning artist Kate Bergin will launch her highly anticipated exhibition at the spectacular new Mossgreen galleries – the former Armadale Picture Theatre in Melbourne at 926 High Street, Armadale - from 6pm-8pm on Thursday October 31.

Gaining continuous critical acclaim for her unique twist of the traditional ‘still life’, Bergin’s paintings are full of movement, humour...

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