Ambrose Patterson 1877 – 1967 (On the Beach) oil on wood panel 21.5 x 26.5 cm

What a contrast to welcome summer for 2019 – snow in Victoria and Tasmania but bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland! So here are a few artworks to bathe in the warm glow of sunshine; feel calmed by the lapping of water or rest under shady trees and enjoy the long days of summer, at least in our minds…

Blackman Beach Bather & Butterfly
Charles Blackman 1928 – 2018 (Beach Bather and Butterfly)
oil and metal leaf on paper 87 x 162 cm

Blackman captures the sunburnt outline of a beach bather, contrasted against the golden sand depicted in squares of burnished metal leaf. The simplicity of the figure’s graceful lines highlight Blackman’s skill as a draughtsman.

Arthur Boyd Landscape
Arthur Boyd 1920 – 1999 Landscape c.1948 oil on canvas on composition board 65.5 x 79 cm

Boyd lived with his family at The Grange, Harkaway where the Berwick landscape was populated by hills and fields and pastoral farms as well as more wild areas of thick undergrowth and fallen gums.

Rupert Bunny 1864 – 1947 (Scene Orientaliste) c.1921 monotype 25 x 24.5 cm

In 1920-21 Bunny completed a series of richly coloured monotypes (painted on glass so only one unique impression is taken). Many of the works drew their subjects from mythology or orientalist interest, often featuring nudes completed in a decorative manner utilising complex and harmonious colour and pattern.

Andrew Sayers Wallaga Lake Bridge II
Andrew Sayers 1957 – 2015 Wallaga Lake Bridge II 2012 gouache on paper 34 x 47.2 cm

Andrew Sayers painted the landscape around the south coast of New South Wales over a number of years, including the picturesque wooden bridges. All painted en plein air, the works range from sunny depictions with lush vegetation and golden sands, to windy waves washing under the bridge, to minimalist imagery of the bridge pared back so the white posts seem to float in the air.

Sculpture: by the sea; in the garden; for your home; at our door!

We extend our congratulations to William Eicholtz whose graceful and joyous large-scale sculpture At the Altar of Terpsichore has been selected for this year’s Sculpture by the Sea, with 100 sculptures along the spectacular coastline between Bondi and Tamarama Beach, NSW.

Eicholtz’s decorative Harvest Doormen welcome you to Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, as guardians either side of our front door.

Eicholtz Harvest Doormen
William Eicholtz Harvest Doormen 2009 polymer cement, synthetic glaze,
edition 2/10 unique pairs, 77 x 46 x 50 cm (detail)

Sculpture in an outdoors setting, especially on a large-scale is certainly eye-catching and a number of sculptural works are situated in our Gallery gardens including Peter Schipperheyn’s sensuous marble, My Wife.

Peter Schipperheyn My Wife
Peter Schipperheyn My Wife 1980 Carrara marble 178 x 33 x 44 cm
(click on title link for further details)

Sculpture of a more domestic scale provides wonderful opportunities to display works in your home, such as the juxtaposition of assembled shapes, colours and materials in the work of Gus Dall’Ava, in the playful and intimate conversation of Twenty-Fifth Dialogue.

Augustine Dall'Ava Twenty-Fifth Dialogue 2008

Augustine Dall’Ava Twenty-Fifth Dialogue 2008 painted and natural stones, painted wood, marble, stainless steel, 43.5 x 52 x 14.5 cm (click on artist name link to view other works)

Doug Hall opens Andrew Sayers’ exhibition at LDFA

We were delighted that Andrew’s friend and colleague Doug Hall was able to open the exhibition Andrew Sayers: Defining the Artist, featuring a series of over 40 gouaches of both intimate and sweeping views of the coast, the desert, gardens, bridges, rocks, seas and skies. Doug Hall AM, former Director at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art and former Australian Commissioner of the Venice Biennale, spoke engagingly of the impulses which define an artist and the tradition of artists as curators and directors in our public institutions. His eloquent words about Andrew’s gouaches gave us all a greater appreciation of his ability as an artist to portray the Australian landscape with a real honesty, with “poise, quiet monumentalism and clarity.”

Watch the video below or click here for further details about the exhibition which is showing now until 27 April 2019.

In Conversation with Mike Green

Enjoy a brief teaser of the video, In Conversation with Mike Green, which will be uploaded in full to our website next week, along with In Conversation with Janet Green and the exhibition opening speeches.


Recent Paintings by Janet and Mike Green

17 November – 15 December 2018

Vale Mirka Mora

We pay tribute to Mirka Mora who recently passed away, aged 90, and was remembered and celebrated on Tuesday at a State Memorial at the Palais Theatre. Remembered and celebrated for her joie de vivre and for the indelible impression she has made on Melbourne city, through her personality; her art and the sophistication brought to the city through her restaurants. Her artistic practice covered so many differing media but was always characterised by a readily identifiable style, her use of bright colours and patterns and dreamy figures. Mirka’s art is part of Melbourne’s psyche with her mural at Flinders Street; her mosaic at St Kilda and the much-loved murals in a number of Melbourne restaurants.

Mirka’s art and spirit touched many. Enjoying a long lasting relationship with Heide Museum of Modern Art, Mirka involved herself in the life of the museum and its various programs.

Mirka’s passion for life and art has left a lasting impression amongst those at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, learning from and dealing with her as an educator and artist. We are deeply saddened by the loss of a passionate, colourful and generous soul, who gave so much, Melbourne is all the more richer.

Read a tribute to Mirka Mora by Sabine Cotte as published in The Conversation here


Mirka & Nerida at a school arts program, Heide Museum of Modern Art


Cultural Consul’s visit from the Consulate-General of The People’s Republic of China, Melbourne

It was a pleasure to receive a visit by Bin ZOU and Xiaohong ZHANG, Cultural Consul’s of the Consulate-General of The People’s Republic of China in Melbourne and Marty MEI, Press Secretary to the Premier of Victoria, Hon Daniel Andrews.

Our guests enjoyed the diversity and unique artistic style of Xiaoping ZHOU’S exhibition, The Cross Cultural Influences of Chinese and Indigenous Art

Marty MEI, Lauraine DIGGINS, Bin ZOU, Michael BLANCHE & Xiaohong ZHANG

Image description:
Painting on left hand side:
Discovery of Trading 2009
synthetic polymer and ochre on canvas
232 x 168 cm

Painting on right hand side:
Back to Back, Portrait of Jimmy and Xiaoping 1998
synthetic polymer on rice paper laid down on canvas
207 x 154 cm

Lauraine Diggins Fine Art will be closed on
Friday 30 March – Monday 2 April 2018
re-opening Tuesday 3 April 2018


International Women’s Day sites, IWD “is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

IWD has been observed since the early 1900’s”. In the period between the wars in particular, Australian women artists were leading the way by challenging traditions and exploring new ideas in art with a focus on colour, form and design, and subjects such as urban culture.

Role models like Jane Price, Jane Sutherland and Clara Southern had provided women with a basis to seriously pursue art as a profession. Circumstances and opportunity saw a flourishing of female artists establish a career through dedicated studies at a growing number of art schools, combined with travel overseas and, quite often, financial independence.

Read more of this essay and view images from the exhibition AUSTRALIAN WOMEN BETWEEN THE WARS
It doesn’t stop there, view the images on our latest Facebook post of the Gallery’s contemporary women artists who have also made exceptional achievements.

In the News – Emily Kam Kngwarray

We are delighted to see Earth’s Creation and Wildflower Dreaming: Dry Season, exhibited in our 1998 exhibition titled EARTH’S CREATION by Emily Kam Kngwarray, receiving attention.
These paintings have been featured in todays Financial Review newspaper. Earth’s Creation is due to be auctioned by Fine Art Bourse tonight.
Financial Review article:
Fine Art Bourse F.A.B. :
Earth’s Creation  1994
synthetic polymer paint on linen (4 panels)
275 x 632 cm
Wildflower Dreaming: Dry Season   1995
synthetic polymer on linen
240 x 600 cm 6 panels 203 x 120 cm each

Constance Stokes at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is showing an exhibition of paintings by Constance Stokes until 17th September bringing together work from her early days as an art student at the National Gallery Art School, in the late 1920s, through to paintings made in the early 1980s. The exhibition includes over 35 paintings covering the breadth of Stokes’s artistic practice across 60 years, exploring stylistic developments and highlighting Stokes’ stunning portraiture and use of colour. Click here for further details.

To view works currently available by Constance Stokes at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, please click here to view our stockroom. Illustrated above:

Constance Stokes 1906 – 1991  Persimmons c.1975  red ink and pastel on paper  38 x 28 cm

The Next Generation Video of Exhibition Opening

We invite you to watch the video of the exhibition opening for our current show, The Next Generation featuring paintings by Lorraine Kabbindi White and Genevieve Kemarr Loy. We were privileged to have Aunty Joy Murphy AO present Welcome to Country followed by heartfelt remarks from Nova Peris OAM, former Senator and Olympian. We are excited to also provide videos of each of the young artists discussing their work and their influences and inspiration. The Next Generation is showing until 30 September 2017.

To view the videos please click here