Aussie Contemporary Artists to Look Out For

If you are an art collector, there are 6 artists you should never forget to add to your collection this year. The artists named in this article made an impact on the Australia art scene in the year 2013. They are likely to repeat the same in 2014.

Danie Mellor

Daniel Mellor is expected to have a big year in 2014 because of the launch of a survey exhibition of his work to take place at the University Of Queensland Art Museum. The launch will focus on the last decade of his career.

Mellor’s work is made more desirable by the fact that the National Gallery of Canada’s recently acquired his major mixed media on paperwork Maba-I-Rugu that translates to of power in darkness.


Emily Floyd

Two major survey exhibitions of Emily Floyd who is based in Melbourne will take place in 2014 in Australia. The first will be at Heide Museum from March 15 to July 13.

The second one will take place at the National Gallery of Victoria from November 14 to March 15, 2015. Emily Floyd’s work has been included in the Melbourne Now exhibition which is organized by the National Gallery of Victoria.

Baden Pailthorpe

Australia has an exciting video art scene driven by some of the world’s most celebrated video artists. Baden Pailthorpe is regarded as one of the most influential video artists in Australia. He will build on the success of 2013 in 2014 by exhibiting his work all over the world including at the Prudential Eye Awards Exhibition which will be held in Singapore.

He will also be in the Machiniglitch exhibition which will be held at the Vector festival in the city of Toronto, Canada. In 2014, Westpace which is based in Melbourne will exhibit 4 new media artworks by Pailthorpe known as Cadence.

Pat Brassington

Pat Brassington is one of the most respected photographic artists in Australia. She won the reputable William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize and was part of the NEW13 exhibition of the recent acquisitions at the University Of Queensland Art Museum.

Her work “The Frog” 1997 is part of the Museum of Old and New Art/Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery exhibition which toured to La Maison Rouge in Paris. In 2014, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art’s will have a major survey of Pat’s work “Pat Brassington:A Rebours, “will continue the New Zealand and Australia tour.

Ben Quilty

Other than the fact that Ben Quilty is one of the most successful and talented contemporary artists in Australia. He also won an award in the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards in the category of Contemporary Asian Art.

This means that he gets a solo exhibition at Saatchi Gallery in London towards the end of 2014. He is now climbing the international profile ladder and you have to get hold of him before he reaches new heights.


Nyapanyapa Yunupingu

When compiling any list of Indigenous Australian painters, one name cannot miss and that is then the name of Nyapanyapa Yunupingu who is from the Yolngu tribe stands out as one of the singular and most exciting artists in the industry.

The recent of her work at Roslyn Oxley recently was magnificent and the two painted logs known as larrkitj were part of the Gallery of New South Wales “Yirkala drawings” exhibition are standout pieces. If Nyapanyapa had not made it to your list of artists worth collecting, you need to add him now.

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