Australian Aboriginal Art | Sydney | Kate Owen Gallery

Australian Aboriginal Art Gallery

Kate Owen Gallery: bringing Aboriginal art and culture to the world since 2007

We are a multiple award winning gallery in Sydney’s Inner West, specialising in contemporary Aboriginal art for modern interiors.

Our Sydney Aboriginal art gallery showcases a large number and a diverse range of styles from Indigenous Australian artists located across the country.

Stretching over 600 square metres on three floors, the gallery showcases major exhibitions of established Indigenous masters and exciting new talent. Artworks range from small, affordable paintings to large, investment pieces.

Our wide and wonderful collection of Indigenous Australian art is available to view and secure on our user-friendly website. Or you can delve into our articles about Aboriginal art and culture.

Current Exhibition
Gloria - Our Dear Friend Remembered

From: 10 February 2024
Until: 3 March 2024

Step into the mesmerizing world of Gloria Petyarre, a visionary artist whose journey from the remote community of Utopia to global acclaim has left an indelible mark on the art scene.
Visit us at the gallery during the month of February and celebrate the life, art and enduring spirit of Gloria - a dear friend of the gallery who is dearly missed.
Artworks will be available to view and purchase on the website from 10 February.

Kate Owen Gallery News

Gift the gift of art (and choice) with one of our KOG Gift Certificates. They can be used as payment for any of our beautiful artworks. Please note, they are not redeemable for cash. Contact us about organising your Gift Certificate today.

We are organising a spectacular exhibition schedule for 2024 which will showcase art from the Top End, Central Desert and East Coast of Australia. We will also host a book launch and major exhibition on Tommy Watson.

Make sure you join the KO Gallery Club so we can keep you updated about upcoming events and exhibitions in the gallery and, of course, invite you to take part. Emails are usually sent out once a month.

We have some fascinating articles recently posted to our Art & Culture hub, including a piece on Framing Aboriginal Art, Contemporary and Modern Aboriginal Art, and The Dreamtime.

Featured Artist


Heath Minjin Wilson

We are proud to represent Heath Minjin Wilson, who epitomizes the exciting next generation of contemporary Indigenous Australian artists. Heath is the grandson of the master weaver, renowned painter and respected elder Regina Pilawuk Wilson, and his mother is award winning artist Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty.
Heath paints the stories associated with his father's and grandmother's country at Peppimenarti and Helen's home country of Bulgul, and is steadily forging his own unique form of expression. His artworks are showing increasing levels of depth and nuance, and we are so excited to see him develop his strong emerging talent. Collectors should definitely consider him as 'one to watch'.

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Our AWARD WINNING Artists include

  • Agatha Ngakmik Morgan - Finalist 2021 Calleen Art Award
  • Allen Stephensen - Finalist 2023 Hadley's Art Prize, Finalist 2023 Collie Art Prize, Finalist 2021 Calleen Art Award
  • Anna Price Petyarre - Finalist 2021 Calleen Art Award
  • Barbara Weir - Finalist 2021 Grace Cossington Smith Art Award, Finalist 2021 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize
  • Belinda Golder Kngwarreye - Finalist 2023 Fisher's Ghost Art Award
  • Camelia Blitner - Finalist 2022 Hadley's Art Prize, Finalist 2021 Calleen Art Award
  • Charmaine Pwerle - Finalist 2023 National Capital Art Prize, Finalist 2023 Collie Art Prize, Finalist 2022 Korean Australian Art Foundation Art Prize, Finalist 2021 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize
  • Clarise Tunkin - Finalist 2023 National Capital Art Prize
  • Dhinawan Baker - Finalist 2023 Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Finalist 2021 Grace Cossington Smith Art Award
  • Dianne Tchumut - Finalist 2023 Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Winner 2022 National Capital Art Prize - First Nations Art Prize, Finalist 2022 Mosman Art Prize & Winner Margaret Olley Commendation Award, Finalist 2021 Hawkesbury Art Prize, Finalist 2021 Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Finalist 2021 Paddington Art Prize, Finalist 2021 Calleen Art Award
  • Ethan James Kotiau - Finalist 2023 Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Finalist 2021 Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award
  • Fiona Omeenyo - Finalist 2021 KAAF (Korea Australia Arts Foundation) Prize
  • Freddy Purla - Finalist & Winner People's Choice Award 2023 King & Wood Mallesons First Nations Art Award, Finalist 2021 Fisher's Ghost Art Award
  • Genevieve Loy Kemarre - Finalist & First Nations Winner 2023 National Capital Art Prize
  • Goompi Ugerabah - Winner 2023, Finalist 2020 and 2018 Paddington Art Prize
  • Heath Minjin Wilson - Finalist 2023 National Capital Art Prize
  • Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty - Finalist 2022 Hadley's Art Prize, Finalist Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize 2022, Winner Aboriginal Art Award 2020 Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Inaugural Winner of the Margaret Olley Art Award at the Mosman Art Prize 2017, 2007 24th NATSIAA Finalist and Winner People's Choice Award
  • Imelda Wood Melamurrk - Winner Indigenous Emerging Artist 2021 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize
  • Jason Liman Olsen - Finalist 2023 Calleen Art Award
  • Julie Nangala Robertson - Finalist 2023 40th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and Winner Telstra General Painting Award
  • Kerry Madawyn McCarthy - Finalist 2023 Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Finalist Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize 2022, Finalist 2021 Fisher's Ghost Art Award
  • Konstantina - Finalist 2023 National Capital Art Prize, Finalist 2022 National Emerging Art Prize, Finalist 2021 BAM Byron Arts Magazine Art Prize
  • Margaret Loy Pula - Finalist 2023 Collie Art Prize, Finalist 2022 Mosman Art Prize
  • Maria Marrar - Finalist 2023 Calleen Art Award
  • Naminapu Maymuru-White - Finalist 2023 40th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
  • Napuwarri Marawili - Finalist 2023 40th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award; Winner 2018 35th NATSIAA Bark Painting Award
  • Niah Juella McLeod - Byron Shire Council Creative Artist of the Year 2020
  • Polly Ngale - Finalist 2021 Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Finalist 2021 Calleen Art Award
  • Regina Bamagaya McCarthy - Finalist 2023 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize, Finalist 2022 Korean Australian Art Foundation Art Prize, Finalist 2021 Muswellbrook Art Prize
  • Rosella Namok - Winner 2022 Queensland Regional Art Awards: First Nations Artist Award
  • Sarrita King  - Finalist 2023 National Capital Art Prize, 2023 Finalist Muswellbrook Art Prize, Finalist 2022 National Capital Art Prize - First Nations, Finalist 2022 Alice Prize


Guide to Navigating our website

It has never been so easy: If you don't know much about Aboriginal art but you want to look at styles and the range available, visit our Collections page where we have gone through our entire selection of stunning Australian Aboriginal artworks and compiled a huge range of collections and themes for you to explore.

You can also use our Search Aboriginal Artworks tool where you can select price, colours, sizes, shapes, styles, regions and a whole lot of other criteria to find an artwork that's exactly right for you.

While you are scrolling through, you can save your favourite pieces as a 'wish list. We have also incorporated a lot of great tools, such as our ‘see art on wall’ or ‘rotate artwork’ options.

 
 


Artist in Residence Programs

As well as showcasing roughly eight exhibitions each year, we also include an artist in residence program! This program sees Kate Owen Gallery sponsoring Indigenous artists to travel from remote communities and come and spend one to three weeks painting in the gallery. Each residency is combined with an exhibition of the artist’s works. Previous artist in residence programs have included: Sarrita and Tarisse King, Helen McCarthy, Alma Nungurrayi Granites, Julie and Sabrina Nangala, Chantelle Nampijinpa Robertson, Christine Napanangka Michaels, Barbara Weir, Lizzie Pwerle and Teresa Pula.

Please note: due to the incredible family and cultural responsibilities many of our artists hold, these artist in residence programs are subject to change at late notice. Join our mailing list to stay in the loop.


Established Collectible Artists

The unique third level Collectors' Gallery is dedicated to highly collectible and museum-quality works from Australia's leading indigenous artists, many of whom spearheaded the Aboriginal art movement. Artworks range from the famous Clifford Possum and Naata Nungurayi from the western desert, the extraordinary Emily Kngwarreye and her extended family members from Utopia, Kimberley masters such as Queenie Mackenzie and Jack Dale, APY Lands legends including Jimmy Baker, to the highly sought after intensely colourful works of Tommy Watson and many, many more.

 
 


New Emerging Talent

For the more speculative buyer or simply for lovers of beautiful art, our newly established and emerging Aboriginal artists are a source of spiritual energy as well as brilliant images with a wealth of variety in colour, texture, subject matter and technique.

Like any good gallery, we select those with an individual 'voice', even at the early stages of their painting career – artists we believe have the potential to grow and develop artistically.

Jason Liman Olsen
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Ethics & Authenticity


Each painting is sold with a Certificate of Authenticity guaranteeing the provenance of the work. The Gallery is a proud member of The Aboriginal Art Association of Australia (AAAA), an Association that binds members to a strict code of conduct, so visitors can be assured that artists are dealt with fairly, transparently and with respect. We are an apolitical gallery which, above all, honours the right of artists everywhere to create their works where and how they wish.

 

We Ship Globally

We have delivered beautiful Aboriginal artworks across Australia and around the world since 2007. To find out how artworks are sent, please read through our shipping policy.

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Kate Owen Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging..