10 Famous Black Paintings

ten famous black paintings

In the name of balance and harmony it’s only right to do a list of ten famous black paintings today! Gallery owners will tell you that darker paintings are generally harder to move as a product but we artists seem to do as many black paintings as we do white paintings. With not much more than a color change we move from the purity and light of white to the somber, serious, and melancholy suggestions of black. Lets start with the most famous of all famous black paintings: Goya’s black paintings.Continue Reading

Cityscape Paintings

newcastle cityscape painting

I have a love/hate relationship with cities but I have always loved cityscape paintings. Cities are like giant still life pictures with ants crawling all over them. Ants in cars, ants in buildings, ants on phones, ants crossing the street.. they’re everywhere. They’re usually as ugly as they are beautiful. Anyway, enough rambling, here’s some cityscape paintings by artists from around the world..Continue Reading

Brett Whiteley Exhibition in Newcastle

brett whiteley exhibition

I wasn’t planning to look at any art today but I found myself in Newcastle with nothing to do. The thing I drove there for was cancelled, so rather than turning around and driving back home I popped in to see the Brett Whiteley exhibition at the Newcastle Art Gallery: Whiteley on Water. Continue Reading

Auction Record for Brett Whiteley

brett whiteley self portrait

Earlier this week a Brett Whiteley painting sold for $3,927,272 at a Menzies Art Brands auction, breaking his previous record of $3.48 million for his Olgas painting. The big blue My Armchair work is an interior view of his Lavendar Bay home overlooking the Sydney Harbour. It’s the second most expensive painting sold in Australia; a Sidney Nolan painting from his Ned Kelly series sold for $5.4 million in 2010.Continue Reading

Brett Whiteley Exhibition

Brett Whiteley was the painter that pulled the curtain back for me. Before Brett Whiteley I thought painting was either boring old portraits, pretty landscapes, or weird stuff that I didn’t understand. His was the first art book that I ever bought and I still have it today, even if it is a little beat up and paint spattered.Continue Reading

The Old Time by John Brack

A painting by the Australian artist John Brack sold at auction for a record price this week, making “The Old Time” the most expensive Australian painting. The painting of a ballroom dancing couple sold for about $3.3 million dollars.

When compared to the prices paid for international artists, $3.3 million sounds like a laughable amount. But very few Australian artists ever make much of an impact on the world market, so it’s an impressive price for such a small market (Australia has about 20 million people).Continue Reading

Brett Whiteley Studio Free

Entry into the studio/museum of one Australia’s most famous artists will now be free. A partnership with JPMorgan and the Art Gallery of NSW has allowed the door fee to be taken away from the Brett Whiteley Studio in Sydney.Continue Reading

50 Works of Art to See Before You Die

Jonathon Jones of the Guardian is putting together a list of 50 great works of art to see before you die. He has started with a list of his 20 favorite art works and is asking readers for their suggestions.

My contribution would be Self Portrait in the Studio, by Brett Whiteley, in the collection of the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney.Continue Reading

Record Brett Whiteley Price

One of my favorite artists recently broke his own sales record at a recent Sotheby’s auction in Australia. The four meter wide painting by Brett Whiteley sold for $2.04 million in Sydney lastnight.

It might be big and it might have the Brett Whiteley signature on it, but I think it’s a very poor painting by the man. “Frangipani and Hummingbird” has all the elements of a Whiteley, with the ultramarine blue, the flowers, and the bird, yet it still falls way short of his good stuff.Continue Reading

Brett Whiteley Painting a Fake

A painting signed by the Australian artist Brett Whiteley that was found in a Hobart rubbish tip recently has proven to be a fake. It had the Brett Whiteley signature and claimed to be painted in 1958.

The painting of a rodeo scene was examined experts at the Art Gallery of NSW and proven to be a recent work that has been artificially aged to make it seem original.Continue Reading