New releases by Fred Fowler & William Mackinnon

We are excited to be releasing new limited edition prints by Fred Fowler & William Mackinnon in December.

 

Please email info@contemporaryeditions.com.au or subscribe to receive all the details of these works. 

Michael Muir on cover of Good Weekend Magazine

Fantastic to see Michael Muir’s work gracing the front of the Good Weekend’s special “52 Weekends Away” edition of the Sydney Morning Herald today (28/10/17). This work was inspired by a trip to Noosa Heads and the surrounding hinterlands. We are excited to be launching a new limited edition print by Michael this week!

Stellar Magazine Interview with Neale Whitaker

Contemporary Editions Manager Jemma Clark chatted with Neale Whitaker in today's Stellar Magazine about how well chosen art can really elevate a space. "We are definitely seeing an ever-increasing appetite for art. It's great to see more people having the confidence to trust their instincts and simply buy the art they love." (Jemma Clark) Laura Jones' limited edition print 'Nothing's more important than a hole in the ground' was one of Neale's top picks. 

DENFAIR 2017

Contemporary Editions is excited to be showing at DENFAIR 2017, Australia's leading curated art and design fair. Come and visit us at Stand G11, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Thu 8 June + Fri 9 June, 10am – 6pm
Open to design professionals and their clients

Sat 10 June, 10am - 5pm
Open to general public

Tickets and further information
http://www.denfair.com.au

Jonny Niesche: Picture this

Jonny Niesche's new exhibition of painting and installations are on view at Melbourne's Station gallery until 23 December. In the exhibition text Alexander Jackson Wyatt describes the exhibition as an almost synesthesic experience:

"filtered by past memories such as childhood smells, early encounters with one’s own reflection, the dust of make-up left on the edge of his mother’s bathroom cabinet, a nostalgia for THOSE bands and an inevitable teen crush on a young Debbie Harry. [Niesche] associates this with the precise, yet ineffable feeling we all get when discovering a particular artist, for the first time, for yourself. Rothko, Ellsworth Kelly. Such unshakable and unbridled simplicity, that just is."

Sally Ross: Landscape

One of our newest artists, Sally Ross, has an exhibition of landscape paintings at Melbourne's Murray White Room until 22 December.

Sally Ross's paintings  re-activate the imaginative possibilities and the unspoken pleasures of painting. They are a metaphor for the everyday collision of fantasy and reality – rather than a direct representation of a place they exist somewhere “… between (real) doubt and potential ecstasy”.

Image: detail of Landscape, 2016, oil on wood, 130 x 110 cm

Robert Malherbe in Artist Profile

Robert Malherbe is featured in the current issue (Issue #37) of Artist Profile.

Writer Judith Pugh visited Robert's Sydney studio and discusses the origins of his painting practice and the continuing journey.

'still life is usually tranquility; sheen on a solid vase against delicate translucent petals; perhaps a witty conjunction of objects. Robert's objects are still, but somehow immediate. They're still, but they're alive ... And that's characteristic of his figures. They, too, are about to move, to stretch, have just sat down. Poised not posed'

Photograph of Robert Malherbe by Ona Janzen

William Mackinnon: Psychological landscapes

Willliam Mackinnon's new solo exhibition of paintings is on view at Brisbane's Jan Murphy Gallery, until 15 December.

Mackinnon states: 'I am interested in the human world. I depict houses, roads, bridges, cars, but also the very experience of being in that world. The feeling of time, change and various emotional states. With this body of work there is a strong sense of a conciousness looking out and grappling with what is going on around me.'

Image: Detail of Looking Out, 2016, acrylic, oil and automotive enamel on linen, 160 x 180 cm

In the Studio: John Nicholson and David Flack

For our third 'In the Studio' edition we invited designer David Flack into the studio of artist John Nicholson to select an artwork to be reproduced as a limited edition print.

David Flack states: 'John’s work has a wonderful aesthetic – dynamic punches of colour and distinct sculptural forms which invigorate the spaces they inhabit.'

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In the studio: Sally Ross and Hamish Guthrie

Announcing the second edition in our 'In the studio' series which pairs contemporary artists with creatives from other disciplines to choose an artwork for Contemporary Editions to reproduce.

Artist Sally Ross and designer Hamish Guthrie have known each other since schooldays. Guthrie says: I’ve always kept an eye on [Sally's] practice and have seen her develop a clear and refined approach… it's the strong graphic representations of landscapes and portraits, the tonal colour schemes and the ambiguous subject matter. To me her paintings are evocative of a sense of place and time rather than a true representation. Are we looking at an actual or imagined landscape?

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New edition: Michael Muir

We are delighted to present a new edition by one of our most popular artists Michael Muir.

This landscape, titled Puppet on a string, 2016, features the bright colours and playful forms that Michael is known for.

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A new edition by Monica Rohan

We are excited to present a new edition by Monica Rohan titled Look down at the ground, 2016.

In Rohan's work figures – usually female – represent a variety of emotional roles and physical states. Positioned in adventurous settings, endlessly floating or falling, climbing or reclining, hunting or hiding the figures also stand in for the artist herself.

For more information and to purchase click here

Lara Merrett and Vogue Living

Lara Merrett's vibrant abstract swathes of colour embellished the edges and logo of the current issue of Vogue Living, fittingly titled The Art Issue.

Merrett is inspired by "the extraordinary, light, scale, other art practices and ideas on what makes a painting"

A new edition by Lara Merrett

We are delighted to announce a new edition by Lara Merrett titled Falling for you, 2016, featuring the artist's signature swirling abstract forms of colour.

Merrett's process is realised through the layering and pouring of water-based materials directly onto the canvas. She states: ‘It’s like magic when the unexpected starts to happen. I love it'.

For more information and to purchase click here

New artist: Jonny Niesche

We are delighted to announce a new artist to Contemporary Editions: Jonny Niesche.

Vision in motion, motion in vision, 2016, speaks to the genre of Op art with radiating circles of colour that appear to shimmer, float and pulsate against their frame.

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The importance of art in living spaces

Contemporary Editions asked stylist Megan Morton, who recently chose Robert Malherbe's work for our 'In the Studio' series, for her thoughts on the role of art in our everyday lives at home.

Megan Morton: For me it's the true way to make your space your own, especially in the #roominspo times of now with so much copy-cating design. For me art in the home is even more vital than in public … to restore, resolve and repair at the end of each day. Plus let's not forget the feel-good factors: firstly how your heart beats faster when you lay eyes on it, and secondly the direct investing you make to a creative community and this in turn generates more beautiful work. It's a beautiful full circle. 

IMAGE: Robert Malherbe's original painting 'Back of nude', 2016 styled by Megan Morton for Inside Out magazine

Lara Merrett: Casus Fortuitus

Lara Merrett's new body of work on show at Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, until 3 September, expands the traditional notion of painting on a stretched canvas. Originating from the drop sheets the artist had in her studio, these works, made from several large sheets of canvas sewn together, hang from the gallery ceiling.

The exhibition title is a Latin term used in the legal system to refer to an inevitable accident; it also refers to the way Merrett applies paint and the accidental way colours, stains and spills occur through the painting process.

Image: Installation view of Casus Fortuitus, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

New series: In the Studio

Contemporary Editions presents a new series of limited edition prints marrying the world of interiors and design with contemporary Australian art. We invite interior designers, stylists and creatives into the studios of some of Australia’s best contemporary artists. Designer and artist then work together to select an artwork to be reproduced as a limited edition print for Contemporary Editions.

Our inaugural collaboration pairs one of Australia’s renowned stylists, Megan Morton, with artist Robert Malherbe whose paintings of still life, landscapes and nudes possess an energy testament to the quality of his chosen material.

For more information and to purchase click here

A new William Mackinnon edition

William Mackinnon's new edition, titled Slow down, 2016, embodies the artist's quintessential impressions of the Australian landscape intertwined with his own imagination.

Mackinnon states: "I want to get across my experience and the feelings associated with these places ... It's not really representational of a place; its almost more of a psychological feeling of going somewhere and leaving".

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Michael Cusack: An image seeks an image

One of our newest artists, Michael Cusack, has an exhibition of new work on show at Karen Woodbury Gallery Melbourne 14 May until 11 June.

The exhibition examines the relationship between ideas and materials and can be seen as the documentation of the way perceptual experiences can be transformed into a painterly form.

Detail of Clearly Fallen 2016, mixed media on paper, 122.0 x 153.0cm

New artist: Michael Cusack

We are delighted to announce a new artist to Contemporary Editions: Michael Cusack.

Cusack's edition, Opus 2016, demonstrates his interest in shape-making through paint in the arrangement of forms and colours.

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Rhys Lee: Jungle Rum Rumble

A new series of large scale paintings by Rhys Lee are currently on show at Brisbane's Jan Murphy Gallery until 16 April. Titled Jungle Rum Rumble, these vivid works reference an earlier transitional period in Lee's practice which are combined with new painting techniques.

Lee states: 'Jungle, ocean, heat, dance, pirate, native, fire, voodoo, rum, fever ... were some thoughts and actions while making this group of paintings.'

Detail of Rhys Lee, Jungle Rum Rumble 5, 2015, acrylic on linen 200 x 168 cm

Laura Jones profiled in The Design Files

On the eve of her upcoming exhibition at Sydney's Olsen Irwin gallery, opening 2 March, our friends at The Design Files have profiled the sublime new works of Laura Jones.

Jones' new still life paintings feature the vivid colours and unique shapes of Australian wildflowers: ‘We are so lucky to have such beautiful and interesting flowers, with strong shapes and amazing colours’, Laura says.

Read the profile here.

Detail of Laura Jones, Firewheel 2016, oil on linen, 112 x 112 cm

Lucas Grogan in Singapore

We love the psychedelic blue and white patterns of our newest artist Lucas Grogan whose edition Totally Fine was released last month.

Grogan has a new series of paintings on display in a group show at Yavuz Gallery, Singapore until 5 March. Titled Antipodean Inquiry, the exhibition explores the diverse practice of 13 Australian and New Zealand artists including David Noonan (whose work is also seen in this installation shot), Brook Andrew, Danie Mellor, Joan Ross and Anna Kristensen.

William Mackinnon at Hugo Mitchell Gallery, Adelaide

As our wonderful edition by William Mackinnon is quickly selling out (only a couple more left to purchase) we are delighted to see some new paintings emerge from his studio.
These evocative large scale landscapes will be seen in Mackinnon's upcoming solo exhibition titled Internal Weather at Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, 11 February - 12 March 2016.

New artist: Lucas Grogan

We are thrilled to announce a new artist to Contemporary Editions: Lucas Grogan.

Grogan's edition, Totally Fine, 2015, uses his signature colour palette of white and blue patterns combined with colloquial expressions.

For more information and to purchase click here.

30.11.15
A new David Band edition

David Band’s appealing and sophisticated use of colour saw his first limited edition print sell out in a matter of days.

Contemporary Editions is delighted to release One World, 2015 which features Band's characteristic form and soft colour demonstrating the artist’s diverse influences spanning 1950s design, French still life traditions and American abstract expressionism.

25.11.15 
A new Michael Muir edition

After his first print sold out in a matter of days, Contemporary Editions are delighted to release a second edition by Michael Muir titled Through the circle, 2015.

Muir is known for his abstracted landscape scenes which are highly coloured and playful. Inspired by his young family, Muir's works reflect the imaginative way that children see the world.

10.11.15 
A second Margaret Olley

After such enthusiasm for the first edition, produced in conjunction with the Tweed Regional Gallery, Contemporary Editions is proud to share with you another beautiful Margaret Olley limited edition print.

Cornflowers and Apples is one of Olley's later works, originally painted in 1993, is a fine example of the lush still life paintings she was famous for. Olley's home and collected belongings were inexhaustible sources of inspiration and she depicted her surroundings in brilliant colours and warm tones. 

A percentage of sale proceeds for Cornflowers and Apples is donated to the Margaret Hannah Olley Trust. Established by Olley in 1990, the trust is devoted to purchasing works of art for public collections around Australia.

Read more about Margaret Olley here.

20.10.15
Dane Lovett 

We've been keeping it quiet, but now, with great delight we'd like to welcome Dane Lovett to our collection!

Dane's first edition with Contemporary Editions, is Oasis (2015), a contemporary still life comprised of plants and an old keyboard and television. 

It is with great pleasure that we are able to offer you this quality limited edition. - To order yours today click here.

18.09.15
Monica Rohan Profiled by The Design Files

Recently Jo Hoban and Mindi Cooke from The Design Files sat down with Monica Rohan to get to know her a little better. A beautiful insight into Monica’s practice, daily rituals, and how she feels about her growing success, the Design Files have perfectly captured one of our treasured artists.

View the profile here.

Artist Monica Rohan at work in her Brisbane home studio. Photo – Mindi Cooke for The Design Files.

29.07.15
A new Kirra Jamison edition

LAUNCHED YESTERDAY, WE ARE PLEASED TO PRESENT KIRRA JAMISON’S NEW WORK FOR CONTEMPORARY EDITIONS, SERPENT, 2015. AFTER THE SUCCESS OF HER FIRST WORK LOVE ME TWICE, 2014, WE HAVE ENJOYED AGAIN WORKING WITH KIRRA TO BRING YOU A NEW SET OF 25 LIMITED EDITION FINE ART REPRODUCTIONS. 

SERPENT, 2015 HAS BEEN INCREDIBLY POPULAR, SO TO MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS OUT ON THE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN YOUR OWN, click here.

20.07.15
A Fertile Escape

In April Kirra Jamison took a break from her Melbourne studio and life to enjoy a month long residency at The Art Park Byron Bay.

Originally from Byron, Kirra appreciated the opportunity to again fill her days with the sunrise, yoga, the ocean, and of course plenty of studio time. Surrounded by rainforest and water, Kirra commented that she was inspired to work more with green than she usually would.

Kirra’s body of work from the residency was recently shown in her solo show Drink, Salt, Moon, at Sophie Gannon Gallery. 

Sunrise at Byron Bay, image courtesy of Kirra Jamison, Instagram

10.07.15
Welcoming Monica Rohan

It is with GREAT pleasure we announce the release of Monica Rohan’s print edition, Jumble, 2015.

The original painting is currently on show at GOMA from Saturday 11 July 2015 as a part of their latest exhibition, GOMA Q. The experience of working with Qagoma and Monica to produce this stunning limited edition of 25 fine art reproductions has been a delight.

With several significant solo and group shows over the past year, it’s pleasing to have the opportunity to support Monica, one of Australia’s most exciting young and inspiring creative talents. 

To ensure you secure one of only 25 of these beautiful reproductions, click here.

07.05.15 
Laura Jones at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

Laura Jones' solo exhibition 'Still Life'—featuring her signature vibrant and colourful paintings—is on view at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery until Sunday 24 May 2015.

You can join Laura on Saturday 16 May or Saturday 23 May for an intensive four-hour workshop to find out about her individual approach to composition and colour and explore the enduring subject of the still life. Bookings essential, please contact Hawkesbury Regional Gallery for further details. 

To purchase Laura's print, click here.

Studio image of Laura Jones, Asian Green Grocer, 2015

29.04.15 
Lara Merrett for Mother's Day

LARA MERRETT HAD A GREAT TIME WORKING WITH PHOTOGRAPHER CARINE THEVENAU AND THE AMAZING SASKIA HAVEKES FROM GRANDIFLORA, SYDNEY TO PRODUCE THE PERFECT MOTHER'S DAY SHOT. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH ALL CONTEMPORARY EDITIONS COLLABORATIONS AND NEWS.

TO PURCHASE LARA'S PRINT CLICK HERE.

30.03.15 
William Mackinnon at Gold Coast City Gallery

WILLIAM MACKINNON'S WORK GREEN WAVE WAS INCLUDED IN THE RECENT EXHIBITION, CUTBACK: SURFING THROUGH ART, HELD AT THE GOLD COAST CITY GALLERY UNTIL 22 MARCH 2015. 

AT HIS ARTIST TALK, MACKINNON SPOKE OF THE CHALLENGE OF NOT ONLY PORTRAYING THE PHYSICAL NATURE OF EXPERIENCED ENVIRONMENTS, BUT COMMUNICATING A DEEPER, MORE PERSONAL RESPONSE THROUGH VISUAL EXPRESSION. MACKINNON ALSO MADE TIME TO SIGN AND EDITION HIS CONTEMPORARY EDITIONS GREEN WAVE PRINT IN THE GALLERY SPACE.

SEE MORE ON THE GOLD COAST ART GALLERY HERE.

WILLIAM SIGNING THE GREEN WAVE EDITION

30.03.15 
Kirra Jamison on The Design Files

FILMED BY PARIS THOMSON FOR THE DESIGN FILES, WATCH THIS VIDEO TO SEE HOW KIRRA JAMISON SPENDS HER MORNINGS. 

‘I’VE LEARNT OVER THE YEARS NOT TO WAIT FOR INSPIRATION BUT TO CREATE A FRAMEWORK FOR IT.’

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.

KIRRA AT WORK CREATING ONE OF HER BEAUTIFUL IMAGES

30.03.15 
Location, location, location

CONTEMPORARY EDITIONS PHOTOGRAPHED OUR CATALOGUE OF WORKS AT THE BEAUTIFUL JARDAN FLAGSHIP STORE IN RICHMOND, MELBOURNE. 

CONTEMPORARY EDITIONS PRINTS AND JARDAN FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES–A BEAUTIFUL MARRIAGE.

THE JARDAN MELBOURNE STORE, CHURCH STREET, RICHMOND

 

04.02.15 
Margaret Olley

Straight from the Philip Bacon Collection, and in conjunction with the Tweed Regional Gallery, our newest print edition is from one of Australia’s greatest treasures, Margaret Olley. 

Originally painted in 1967, Olley’s Pomegranates in a Basket is a fine example of the lush still life paintings she was famous for. Masterful at depicting the warmth and integrity that surrounded her, Olley found her home and collected belongings inexhaustible sources of inspiration.

A percentage of sale proceeds for Pomegranates in a Basket is donated to the margaret hannah olley trust. Established by Olley in 1990, the trust is devoted to purchasing works of art for public collections around Australia.

Read more about Margaret Olley here.

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