18.03.17 A.J. Taylor – ‘Hinterland’


17.02.17 Alex Seton at Newcastle Art Gallery

Alex Seton’s solo exhibition The Island, surveys work from the past five years of his practice. Presented at the Newcastle Art Gallery, the exhibition contemplates and questions Australia’s role in the asylum debate.

‘The Island’ as a concept can be a safe place of refuge, isolated geographically and ideologically from the humanitarian challenges the world is currently grappling with. Alternatively it can take on a more sinister tone as a place deserted for those who have survived a perilous sea journey only to be marooned, stateless, detained, looking to the horizon for help.

The Island
Newcastle Art Gallery

18 February – 7 May 2017

For more information, please click here.

Alex will be at the gallery on Saturday 18 February for the launch and a floor talk with writer and advocate Linda Jaivin from 2pm.

Image credit: Paper Armada 2015 (Detail), Bianca Carrara marble, dimensions variable


17.02.17 Guy Maestri at Art Gallery of South Australia

Guy Maestri will feature as one of 60 modern and contemporary artists to be exhibited as part of the Art Gallery of South Australia’s major exhibition Versus Rodin: Bodies across space and time.

Through a series of duets and duels, works by Auguste Rodin will be brought into vivid conversation with over 200 works of art by leading artists from Australia and overseas. Curated by Leigh Robb, the exhibition coincides with the centenary of Rodin’s death and will draw on the Gallery’s extensive collection of Rodin bronzes.

Versus Rodin: Bodies across space and time
Art Gallery of South Australia
4 March – 2 July 2017

For further information, please click here.


01.02.17 ‘Dog Days’ – Group Exhibition

The humble studio dog has played confidante, silent critic and muse to the artist for centuries. Many of these dogs sit quietly on studio floors while their owners paint, sculpt and produce work.

Dog Days is a simple ode to these special friends. It is an opportunity for their owners to honour their companions, to thank them for their tireless devotion and late nights burning the midnight oil before exhibition deadlines. Some have ‘borrowed’ their subjects but all have portrayed them with the respect they deserve.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Jason Benjamin, Lucy Culliton, Jason Fitzgerald, James Guppy, Claudia Greathead, Linde Ivimey, Rhys Lee, Adam Lester, William Mackinnon, Robert Malherbe, Guy Maestri, Leith Maguire, Ben Quilty, Monica Rohan, Martin Smith, Marina Strocchi, Deborah Williams and Heidi Yardley.

Dog Days
25 February – 25 March 2017

Dog Days will be running concurrently with Creatures: Great and Small at Philip Bacon Galleries and Bruce Heiser Gallery will be showcasing cats – this is war!

To read more about this exhibition, please click here.

To view the exhibition online, please click here.

To read an article by Phil Brown for Brisbane News, please click here.

Image credit: Lucy Culliton   Five studio dogs (Hepzibah, Reddy, May Day, Super Zippy and Tessa)   2017   oil on canvas   100.0 x 100.0 cm   $15,000


23.12.16 Summer Closure 2016/17

If you are travelling over the Christmas period, many of our artists are in exhibitions around the country and internationally.

Below is a list of galleries and exhibitions where you can get your ‘art fix’.

We wish you all the best for the holiday season and thank you for your support in 2016.

Jan, Bayoush and James

Lucy Culliton
4 November 2016 – 13 March 2017
Popular Pet Show – National Portrait Gallery, Canberra ACT

Linde Ivimey
27 January – 1 April 2017
Apologies to Roadkill  
Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, Katherine NT

Guy Maestri
9 December 2016 – 12 February 2017
Unearth – Glasshouse Gallery, Port Macquarie NSW

27 January – 1 April 2017
Apologies to Roadkill  
Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, Katherine NT

Ben Quilty
11 November 2016 – 29 January 2017
Sappers & Shrapnel – Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA

2 December 2016 – 12 February 2017
Birds: Flight paths in Australian Art
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington VIC

7 January – 26 March 2017
Margaret Olley: painter, peer, mentor, muse   
National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney NSW

Alex Seton
12 December 2016 – 29 March 2017
Kochi-Muziris Biennale – Kochi, India

10 February – 18 March 2017
Young & Free – Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Bega, NSW

A.J. Taylor
15 November 2016 – 13 February 2017
Artists + Benefactors = New Donations
Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney NSW

Archibald Prize Touring Exhibition
Wagga Wagga NSW, Cowra NSW
Bega NSW, Hawkesbury NSW, Western Plains NSW
Touring details available here


17.12.16 William Mackinnon – ‘Night & Day’ Publication

William Mackinnon: Night & Day

Hard cover, 73pp, fully illustrated, colour
Publisher: William Mackinnon 2016
26.0 x 31.0 cm

Essays by Alex Weinstein and Joanna Bosse.

Available $75 plus $10 postage and handling.

Please email or phone the gallery on +61 7 3254 1855 to purchase this item.


10.12.16 Alex Seton in Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Alex Seton has been selected for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 in south western India. In its fifth instalment, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale has been curated by Indian artist, Sudarshan Shetty with 97 artists invited to participate in the exhibition.

The exhibition is set in various spaces across the city of Kochi, the port of Muziris and surrounding islands. In additions to the exhibition the Biennale offers a programme of talks, seminars, screenings, music workshops and educational activities for school children and students.

On the theme of the 2016 Biennale, Forming in the pupil of an eye, Shetty states:

“Forming in the pupil of an eye is not an image of one reality but a reflection of multiple realities and of multiple possibilities in time. It does not question notions of reality, but instead layers many. As its own process, Forming in the pupil of an eye comes from that junction of the physiological with the conceptual. It is an acknowledgement that there is something essential in the way we look at the world, that it is multiple in nature. Forming in the pupil of an eye brings that multiplicity of experience together within the space of Kochi-Muziris Biennale and perhaps to spill over into the world at large.”

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016
Kochi, Kerala India
12 December 2016 – 29 March 2017

For more information, please click here. 

Image credit: Alex Seton   Refuge   2015   Bianca Carrara marble, eyelets, pallet   110.0 x 120.0 x 170.0 cm   Photograph by Frederic Albert


23.11.16 12 Days of Christmas 2016

12 Days, 12 Artists, 12 Artworks

In the spirit of Christmas and in the tradition of the Advent calendar, we invite you to view twelve works by twelve artists over twelve days.

From Tuesday 29 November, we will be featuring one significant new work from an artist at 12pm (AEST).

Each artwork will be revealed at 12pm (AEST) every consecutive day of the campaign leading up to Christmas.

You can view the artwork via email, Facebook or Instagram and all works will be available to purchase.

All images will be concealed until the day of reveal!

Featured artists are Jason Benjamin, Lucy Culliton, Julia deVille, Adam Lester, Fiona Lowry, Guy Maestri, Michael Muir, John Nicholson, Monica Rohan, Martin Smith, Alexandra Standen and Marina Strocchi.

Please contact the gallery on 07 3254 1855 or enquiries@janmurphygallery.com.au for further information.


08.12.16 Danie Mellor awarded Australia Council Fellowship

Danie Mellor has been recognised with a prestigious Australia Council Fellowship in 2016. He is one of eight accomplished Australian artists working across all art forms to receive this.

Australia Council Fellowships are granted only once in an artist’s lifetime to artists who demonstrate outstanding achievement on the national and international stage in their respective art form. The highly sought after fellowships aim to support artists to develop their practice, experiment, research and explore new ways to share their artistic vision with audiences.

For further information, please read an Art Almanac article here.

Image credit: Danie Mellor, aged 5, drawing intently in 1976. Photograph courtesy of the artist.


16.11.16 Robert Malherbe in Artist Profile

Robert Malherbe has been featured in an article in the current issue of Artist Profile.

Visiting Robert in his Sydney studio, writer Judith Pugh discusses the origins of his painting practice and the continuing journey ever since.

Issue #37 of Artist Profile is on sale now.

Image credit: Photograph by Ona Janzen


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