Vale Peter Walsh

The art world is mourning the untimely passing of artist Peter Walsh on the 16th January, 2009. Peter died of cancer-related problems in Melbourne, aged only 51.

Peter was a gentle, perceptive and unique figure in contemporary art. After studying at the Wimbledon School of Art in London and the VCA in Melbourne, his first exhibition was held in 1986. He exhibited with Lauraine Diggins Fine Art from 2001 and it was a privilege for us to have exhibited Peter?s work for a number of years, to come to know him as a wonderful human being and to appreciate his intelligence and warm friendly presence.

Peter is survived by his children, Hazel and Alice; his partner, Lisa; his mother, Margaret and his brother, Andrew.

We are sure that all who met Peter were touched by his easy manner and wicked smile, as we were. He will be sadly missed.

Robert Clinch Solo Exhibition

Contemporary artist Robert Clinch will be exhibiting at Shepparton Art Gallery from the 14th Febuary until the 15th of April 2009. Clinch?s striking imagery transports the viewer to a fictional but hauntingly real world; telling accessible tales of loneliness, joy, injustice, humour, melancholy and whimsy. For further information click here.

The Waterhouse Art Prize 2008

Congratulations to Michael McWilliams on winning the 2008 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize with his work Bandicoot Playground. McWilliams was also a finalist in the 2008 Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize. For McWilliam’s biography and examples of his work, please visit our Artist Biographies page and our stockroom.

Fisher’s Ghost Art Award

We are pleased to announce that Genevieve Kemarr Loy and Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarrey are among the finalists for the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award. The Fisher’s Ghost Festival will be held from the 30th October – 9th November. More information is available here

Paddington Art Prize 2008

We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarrey is among the finalists for the Paddington Art Prize. This prestigeous award is “a $20,000 acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape.” For further details, visit the Paddington Art Prize Website

Telstra NATAIAA 2008

We are pleased to announce Angelina Ngal is among the finalists of the 2008 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, held at the the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

Churchie Emerging Art Prize

We are pleased to announce Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray was the winner in the Painting Category at the 2008 Churchie Emerging Art Prize. Genevieve Kemarr Loy was a finalist in the same Prize competition.

Moscow World Fine Art Fair 2008

We are pleased to announce our participation in the 5th edition of the Moscow World Fine Art Fair 2008. Described as the most exclusive fair in Eastern Europe, it features annually about eighty of the finest international dealers from around the world. Lauraine Diggins Fine Art is the only Australian gallery invited to participate in this prestigious international art event, and it will be our pleasure to unveil before the Russian and international public a representative selection of works by leading Aboriginal artists.
Our exhibit includes paintings by Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray, Genevieve Kemarr Loy, Boxer Milner, Lilly Kelly Napangardi, Walangkura Napanangka, Ningura Napurrurla, Angelina, Poly and Kathleen Ngal, Gloria Tamerre Petyarr, Kathleen Petyarre, Nancy Kunoth Petyarr, Ngoia Napaltjari Pollard, Cowboy Loy Pwerl, George Ward Tjungarrayi, Willy Tjungurrayi, Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, Judy Napangardi Watson and others.

Michael McWilliams Art Prizes

Michael McWilliams has again been selected as a finalist in the Glover Art Prize which is announced on Saturday 8th March 2008. He is also a finalist in the Wynne Prize for Landscape showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 7 March – 18 May 2008.

Wynne Prize 2008

We are pleased to announce the following artists have been selected as finalists in the Wynne Prize for Landscape at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, showing 7 March – 18 May 2008: ELIZABETH KUNOTH KNGWARRAY, MICHAEL McWILLIAMS, ANGELINA NGAL and KATHLEEN NGAL