Robert Clinch Finalist in Prize

Lauraine Diggins Fine Art wishes to congradulate Robert Clinch on being a finalist in the Fletcher Jones art Prize for painting. The work will be exhibited at Gellong Gallery from Saturday 24 July till Sunday 12 September.
An upcoming solo exhibition by Robert Clinch can also be viewed at the Manningham Gallery from Wednesday 14 July till Saturday 31 July 2010.

Helmut Lueckenhausen on COLLECTORS ABCTV

A piece by Helmut Lueckenhausen was featured on the successful ABC television program Collectors on 23 April 2010. A three legged box was auctioned and quickly surpassed the panels estimates!
The work illustrated here is currently available and showing at our gallery. Please contact us for further details.

Dianne Coulter wins inaugural award

Lauraine Diggins Fine Art would like to congratulate sculptor Dianne Coulter for winning the 2009 Inaugural Blake Prize for Human Justice. Dianne won with her piece titled ”Cousin of Elizabeth NT”. The life-size sculpture of a pregnant indigenous woman holding a loaf of bread is made of ceramic, polyuruthane, cloth and steel armature. The plastic-wrapped bread in the girl?s hand inspires optimistic hopes for loaves and fishes, but when viewed in context, in light of the complex raft of contemporary indigenous social issues, it becomes a reminder of a gritty reality for many Northern Territory communities.

Vale Petyarr Anangker-areny

Lauraine Diggins Fine Art are sorry to advise that Petyarr Anangker-areny passed away on the evening of the 19th August. The family have given permission for us to convey this sad news. Out of respect for the family, the artist’s name will not be referred to during mourning. She is the sister of Kathleen, Gloria, Myrtle, Violet and Jeannie and mother of Carol, Elizabeth, Lucy, Helen and Trevor, and the mother of Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray and grandmother of Genevieve Kemarr Loy. One of the renowned Petyarr sisters, her work was widely exhibited and collected. She was part of the original art movement at Utopia, participating in the batik project in the late 1970s and the 1980s. She also created painted and carved wooden sculptures in the 1980s. In respect to the artist, we will not offer her work for sale in the immediate future. She was a vibrant and grounded woman with strong connections to her family and country and we thoroughly enjoyed working with her. She will be sadly missed.

Robert Clinch Finalist in Geelong Prize

We are pleased to announce that artist Robert Clinch is a finalist in this year’s Geelong acquisitive print awards. Formerly known as the Geelong print prize, this award is a biennial acquisitive prize conducted by the Geelong Gallery since 1997. For more information visit the Geelong Gallery website here. Artworks by Robert Clinch are currently available at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art and are viewable in our Australian Stockroom.

2009 Blake Prize

We are pleased to announce that artists Angelina Ngal, Cowboy Loy Pwerl and Genevieve Kemarr Loy are finalists in this year’s Blake Prize. First awarded in 1951, the Blake Prize is one of the more prestigious art prizes in Australia. For 55 years it has been awarding a prize for works of art that explore the subject of religious awareness and spirituality. For more information please visit their website here. Artworks by this artist can be seen in our Aboriginal Stockroom.


Lauraine Diggins Fine Art would like to congratulate Terry Yumbulul and Trudy Raggett Kemarr for becoming finalists in this years National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. Works from these artists as well as other exceptional indigenous artists are available from our stockroom here.

International Commission for Gloria Petyarr

Gloria’s Leaf design was selected by Hermes for their 2009 collection, and has been released internationally. The design will feature on Hermes’ desireable silk scarves.
This commission came about as a result of Lauraine Diggins Fine Art exhibiting Gloria’s work at ArtParis 2006 where she caught the eye of artistic director of Hermes, Pierre Alexis Dumas.
Gloria’s works have been acquired by major public institutions and countless private collections both within Australia and internationally. She is regarded as being an intregal part of the history of painting in Utopia; an artist whose originality and diversity exemplifies the evolution, particularly of women’s art, from the eastern region of Central Australia.
Gloria’s Bush Medicine Leaf Dreaming is perhaps her most successful stylistic development. Through the use of abstraction and repetition, she represents the bush leaves collected by women creating a design with a dynamic sense of swirling movement.