Kurun Warun painting at the gallery

He was invited to Oprah Winfrey's private party, welcomed her to Australia with a smoke ceremony, painting, dance and digeridoo music; he has danced for Bill Clinton's daughter, received a standing ovation from the Saudi Arabian National Guard and performed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic games! 

Now his impressive resume will be complete as he will paint and perform at Kate Owen Gallery this week!!!

Kurun is a renowned artist, digeridoo player and dancer, but most of all he is known for his iconic Aboriginal Artwork.  He will be painting new works in the gallery, is happy to be photographed and you may even be lucky enough to buy an artwork you have seen him paint.  Kids especially will enjoy this experience.


Most of all, Kurun is a warm and friendly guy who is great to talk with - he straddles Australia's cultures with true Indigenous-Aussie spirit, and loves to talk about his art, his culture and his music.  View some of Kurun Warun's Aboriginal Art or read his biography. 

The two paintings below are 'Lee Moo Pareeyt (Dry Water)' and 'Black Boy', both 72 x 200cms.

We are pleased to invite you to join us for a Christmas drink and to watch/meet with Kurun, tomorrow and Saturday (23 & 24 December), from 12 - 5pm for a little break from the silly season whirlwind.  All are welcome.





Something different for art lovers - come along and bring your friends to a MYSTERY Aboriginal Art Auction!   Enjoy the informal style of our debonair auctioneer Daniel Goldshaft, and win for yourself some serious quality Aboriginal artworks.

First time auction attendees are very welcome and if the whole thing is new to you, you can attend our informal 'Auctions 101- introduction to the proceedings' at 12.45pm, and all your questions will be answered. 

There will be no costly add-ons like buyer's premium at this auction, and GST and the 5% Artist's Resale Royalty are all included in your bid price.  What you bid is all you pay.   All 1+ indigenous paintings being auctioned have been selected for their contemporary 'wow factor' energy, most are very affordable, many major Aboriginal artists are represented, and all artworks come with full authenticity documentation and photos where they are available.  And yes, for your benefit and entertainment, it is a 'MYSTERY' auction.  To find out what that means, you'll just have to come along.....

Aboriginal artists represented in the auction include Judy Watson Napangardi,  Dorothy Napangardi, Makinti Napapangka, Gloria Petyarre,  Kudditji Kngwarreye,  Barbara Weir,  Lena Pwerle,  George Ward Tjungarrayi, Anna Price Petyarre, Shorty Jangala Robertson, Charmaine Pwerle,  Esther Bruno,  Emily Pwerle,  Willy Tjungarrayi, Polly Ngale,  Angelina Ngale, Anna Petyarre, Elizabeth Marks Nakamarra,  Nellie Marks Nakamarra,  Betty Mbitjana, Jeannie Mills Pwerle, Evelyn Pultara, Kathleen Ngale, Lily Kelly Napangardi, Patrick Tjungarrayi,  Narabri Nakamarra, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa,  Walala Tjapaltjarri,  Thomas Tjapaltjarri, Walangkura Napanangka and many more.

You can preview the artworks from 12 Noon on the day, the Auction starts at 1pm, and an on line preview will be available on our website from 1 December, so you can check out most of the works in advance.

 When and where?  12noon, Saturday 3rd December at the Coogee Diggers Club Auditorium, corner of Carr and Byron Streets, Coogee.

For enquiries, please call (02)95555283, 0413653909 or email info@kateowengallery.com.

Absentee bids will be accepted - but you definitely won't have as much fun if you stay at home!


Kukula McDonald art at NGA and at KOG

Good, Strong, Powerful!  National Gallery of Australia is showing works by Kukula  and others from Mwerre Anthurre artists in this show which runs until 15 January 2010.  Check out these fascinating naive artworks by indigenous artists across Australia - all with some form of disability.  You might like to check out the NGA's downloadable fact sheet too.

At Kate Owen Gallery, we have a number of Kukula's artworks in stock... and being very impressed by her works and those of fellow artists Adrian Robertson and Billy Kenda, we featured an exhibition of works from her art centre earlier this year.  Kukula McDonald's works are presently focused on the wild black cockatoos of the Australian bush, and she captures the character and spirit of these unique birds perfectly  (not an easy task, as many an artist who has attempted it can tell you!) 

Kukula spends her life in a wheelchair and the first focus of her artwork was just that - Wheelchairs!  She painted them relentlessly and it is said that she knows every make and model of every wheelchair owned by an aboriginal person throughout the country!

Now her focus is on the black cockatoos and their environment.  A poignant subject as well, given that birds in artworks often represent a subconscious yearning for freedom.  Her works are a unique and delightful representation of these cheeky outback characters by a gifted and plucky artist.  

Collectors' Gallery Opening

Please join us for a very special occasion!

Next Thursday 13th October, from 6 - 8pm, we will quietly be opening our exciting new indigenous art COLLECTORS' GALLERY. The spacious top floor of 680 Darling St. Rozelle, will be transformed to showcase secondary market fine art by a host of Australia's greatest master artists.

Timmy Payungka Japangardi 'Two Goanna' 1995 129 x 181cm Acrylic on Canvas

The Collectors' Gallery will specialise in unique, difficult to obtain, high quality paintings that are significant pieces of Australian Art History, and that any public gallery would be proud to display. By virtue of both cultural and artistic importance, the works could take pride of place in both museums and public galleries anywhere in the world.

Turkey Tolson Jupurulla 'Tingari Songlines' 2000 204 x 123cms Acrylic on Linen

We are excited to offer this relaxed and comfortable environment, where art lovers can not only see and enjoy these increasingly collectible indigenous art works, but where unlike public galleries with similar offerings, they can actually acquire one as well!

Clifford Possum Japaltjarri 'Two Jungala at Warlukalona' 1999 143 x 173cms Acrylic on Linen

We do hope you and your friends will join us on Thursday to celebrate the beginning of our exciting new venture.

Please rsvp to info@kateowengallery.com 
Passionately celebrating aboriginal art,
Kate and the team.