Robert Clinch and The Goggomobil D’Art Project

Our forthcoming exhibition: Robert Clinch and the Goggomobil D’Art Project 
will open on Saturday 25th March including unveiling the car.
The iconic Goggomobil Dart car and distinctive painted paper darts by Melbourne contemporary realist artist Robert Clinch collide to create a unique objet d’art in this intriguing project resulting in a remarkable painted art car.
The classic 1960s Australian designed and built Goggomobil Dart sports car is an aesthetic object in itself. Here it is transferred to another level, peppered with paper darts by Robert Clinch.
In addition to the feature car, the exhibition will include drawings and paintings and a preview of a forthcoming documentary about the project by Karl von Moller.

The exhibition will be on show until 6th May 2017.

More about Stephen Bowers….

The richly ornate ceramic work of Stephen Bowers has been spotted by C-File magazine, a global voice for contemporary ceramic artists, curators, critics, collectors, dealers and educators. See what they had to say here.

Stephen’s work is also included in Geelong Gallery’s current exhibition Tricking the Eye: contemporary trompe l’oeil, showing until 12 February 2016. For further details click here.

A Closer Look At… Stephen Bowers

Our exhibition by internationally recognised ceramicist Stephen Bowers: Jamais Vu explores the idea that work which have never been seen are nevertheless familiar. To familiarise yourself with the works in the exhibition you may wish to download our A Closer Look At… essays which look further in depth at some of the pieces in the exhibition, or watch a stop-motion video of Stephen at work, or hear Stephen Bowers In Conversation talking further about the inspiration and meaning in his ceramics.

A Closer Look At… Stephen Bowers

A Closer Look At… Stephen Bowers: Camouflage series

Stephen Bowers In Conversation


Harold Mitchell’s article The Age Friday 12 August

Those at the opening of our Collectors’ Exhibition 2016 on Saturday 6th August enjoyed the entertaining speech by raconteur Harold Mitchell AC.

Click here to watch the video of the opening .

Harold Mitchell at opening of LDFA Collectors' Exhibition 2016
Harold Mitchell at opening of LDFA Collectors’ Exhibition 2016 ***

Read his article from the Business Today section of The Age, Friday 12 August – click on the link below for the full text.

“I was delighted to open an arts exhibition in Melbourne last weekend.

I’ve always been comfortable in the art world after being chairman of the National Gallery and growing up around artists themselves.

And as a result I’ve learned a few rules about openings: don’t get too serious, throw in a couple of jokes and try as best you can to dress like Barry Humphries, including a small colourful sarong stuffed into the breast pocket of your jacket.

It was a wonderful Saturday afternoon at the Lauraine Diggins Fine Art exhibition and the pictures for sale weren’t too shabby.  The Europeans included a Guido Reni with P.O.A. on it where the dollar figure usually appears.  A Richard Bonington was available at a cool $US460,000 and the Australian contingent included, Streeton, Glover, Conder and a wonderful piece by the extraordinary Australian Indigenous artist Rover Thomas, which I suspect will fetch up around a million.”

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If money were no object…..

Just discovered a new dimension of Andrew Bolt, his good taste in art.
(Click on the image to be redirected to the article)

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Masters of the drawn line feature at exhibition

Nora Heysen and Constance Stokes: Drawings from the Estates

in The Australian Financial Review, Thursday 7th July 2016 by Peter Fish.

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Masters of the drawn line feature at exhibition

by Peter Fish, The Australian Financial Review Thursday 7 July 2016 p. 14

Two acclaimed artists, Nora Heysen and Constance Stokes, are featured at an exhibition at the long-established Lauraine Diggins Fine Art in Melbourne’s north Caulfield.

Both women are acclaimed for their control of their drawn line, Ms Diggins says.

“Drawings are so often undervalued, and this exhibition provides the opportunity for both new and established collectors to acquire work by revered Australian artists at extremely affordable prices,” she says.

Among the offering are Stokes’ Jewish Woman in Costume, 1974, in red ink and pastel on paper, and Black Stockings, 1968 in blue ink and watercolour on paper, priced at $4250 and $3750 respectively.

There is also Heysen’s Vivien, New Guinea 1954-55 in conte crayon on paper and Seated Male with Leg on Stool circa 1956 in pencil on paper, at $2500 and $2750 respectively.

The exhibition was opened on May 21 by Associate Professor Alison Inglis from the University of Melbourne in the presence of Connie Stokes’ daughter, Lucilla Wyborn d’Abrera and Nora Heysen’s niece Stephanie Griffiths.

Patchwork, ironic, serious and kitsch: the best of the Archibald finalists by Joanna Mendelssohn

Read Joanna Mendelssohn’s article from The Conversation about the 2016 Archibald including Michael McWilliams’ The Usurpers (Self Portrait).

“The Tasmanian artist Michael McWilliams’ The usurpers (self portrait) is a magically elaborate study in a similar mode to that of the Italian Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Every element is an import to Australia. Sheep, cattle, pigeons, carp, trout, rabbits, rats, mice, fruit and grain, all combine to form the artist’s face.

The usurpers hangs at the entrance to the exhibition, a long way from the winner’s circle, but it is probably the painting that most visitors will remember.”

Patchwork, ironic, serious and kitsch: the best of the Archibald finalists

Congratulations Michael McWilliams Archibald Finalist

Congratulations to Michael McWilliams who is a finalist in the 2016 Archibald Prize showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales 16 July – 9 October 2016.

His painting, The Usurper (Self-Portrait) synthetic polymer on linen, 200 x 160 cm is an environmental statement about the relationship between humankind and the earth, in particular the effect of introduced species and their seizure of power over native flora and fauna, an ongoing theme in McWilliams’ oeuvre.


McWilliams The Usurper (Self Portrait) Archibald 2016

Scotchman’s Hill Wine Offer

The association of art and wine is one that has a long tradition both internationally and within Australia, and it may not come as a surprise that Lauraine Diggins Fine Art has a strong working relationship with the prominent winery Scotchmans Hill, located on the Bellarine Peninsula.Through this association, we are pleased to offer the following opportunity.

An End of Financial Year Sale on a select range of wines for friends of Shareholders and Staff of Scotchmans Hill.

Enjoy a 25% discount off wholesale prices from our Scotchmans Hill, Cornelius, Swan Bay and Ferryman brands.  This offer is available only until  30 June 2016 and must be paid for at the time of ordering. 

All prices quoted on the attached order form include a 25% discount off the wholesale rate, and are inclusive of GST.

 The winery will arrange delivery anywhere is Australia and the fee is  $10.00 for delivery. 

It is possible to order mixed cases however, these must be collected from the winery.

To request a form please contact the Gallery or download below and return form to

Scotchman’s Hill Wine End of Financial Year Offer.