Inside Kate Owen 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.
Kate Owen Gallery News
We have an exciting exhibition schedule and artist in residence program planned for 2021. 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 know many of you love discovering the stories behind our beautiful artworks, so we’ve featured some of the epic Dreamtime stories that give us some fascinating insights into Indigenous Australian culture. Recently, we wrote an article about one of the most famous Aboriginal creation stories, the Rainbow Serpent.
The KOG Crew are still buzzing after winning the highly sought after 2020 Inner West Local Business Awards! This is the second time we’ve gone home with the trophy and comes off last year’s success when we won the Australian Small Business Champion Award.
Aboriginal animal art has been produced for tens of thousands of years. From prehistoric rock art to the various creative expressions we see today. The variety of styles is truly mesmerising, from modern figurative, symbolic, to the iconic ‘x-ray’ style typically found on bark paintings.
With the famous late Minnie Pwerle as grandmother, and the equally talented Barbara Weir for her mother, it is not surprising that Charmaine Pwerle is bursting with artistic talent. The brushwork in her body designs, Awelye, has all the characteristics of this family dreaming, but Charmaine lends her own distinct creative flair, pattern and movement to the canvas.
She appears to be following in her mother's footsteps as one of the most sought after artists living and working today. Her exhibition history both nationally and internationally is growing exponentially and we are delighted to see her paintings are starting to capture the attention of major institutions and art prizes, such as the 2018 Paddington Art Prize and the 2021 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize.
Our AWARD WINNING Artists
- Barbara Weir - Finalist in the 2021 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize
- Charmaine Pwerle - Finalist in the 2021 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize
- Imelda Wood Melamurrk - Finalist in the 2021 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize
- Regina Bamagaya McCarthy - Finalist in the 2021 Muswellbrook Art Prize
- Fiona Omeenyo - Finalist in the ALA (Art Lovers Australia) Prize 2021
- Konstantina - Finalist in the ALA (Art Lovers Australia) Prize 2021
- Goompi Ugerabah - Finalist in the 2020 Paddington Art Prize
- Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty - Winner Aboriginal Art Award in the Fisher's Ghost Art Award 2020
- Konstantina - Semi Finalist in the BAM Art Prize 2020
- Niah Juella McLeod - 2020 Byron Shire Council Creative Artist of the Year
- Barbara Weir - Finalist in the 2020 Calleen Art Award
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.
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Each painting is sold with a Certificate of Authenticity guaranteeing the provenance of the work. The Gallery Owner and Director is also the President 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.
Free Shipping (rolled) worldwide
We offer free shipping (rolled), fully insured worldwide on all of our artworks. If you would like to ship your artwork stretched, ready to hang on the wall, we can also provide you with some quotes from our trusted shipping and artwork movement companies. For more information, please read through our shipping policy.
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.