Jessie Scarvell

The S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney recently posted this video with Director Jane Watters highlighting their holdings of artworks by Jessie Scarvell, which were gifted by her daughter. Scarvell (1862 – 1950) was an exponent of Australian Impressionism who exhibited over 60 of her plein air landscapes at the Art Society of NSW throughout the 1890s. Following her marriage in 1901, she moved to a cattle station in Queensland and focussed on her gardening rather than pursuing an artistic career. Scarvell was included in the Exhibition of Australian Art in London in 1898. Her paintings are characterised by a harmonious use of colour and painterly marks.

Jessie Scarvell Glenalvon Murrurundi 1895
Jessie Scarvell Glenalvon Murrurundi 1895

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Janet and Mike Green Exhibition Opening and Artist Talks

Missed the pleasure of our most recent exhibition opening? Eager to hear an insider’s view about the artworks? Videos of the exhibition opening for Alice and Beyond: Recent work by Janet and Mike Green, with opening remarks by Rod James, along with individual conversations with both Mike and Janet, are now all available for viewing – enjoy!


ZHOU Xiaoping Videos

For those who were not able to attend our recent opening (or those who wish to relive it) a video is now available to view. We were delighted that Senator The Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications and Minister for the Arts, was able to officiate the proceedings and speak with such feeling about ZHOU Xiaoping’s artwork. You may also like to listen to the artist explain more about his emotional journey over the past 30 years and how he came to paint such fascinating works that combine his Chinese artistic training; his experience of Western culture, living in Melbourne and his immersion in Australian indigenous culture, gained through personal friendships and his travels to country.

Clicking here will take you to the exhibition page with the video links.

Zhou Xiaoping, Lauraine Diggins & Mitch Fifield
Zhou Xiaoping, Lauraine Diggins & Mitch Fifield

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

Opening speech by Doug Hall AM for the Collectors’ Exhibition

“Exhibitions like this with its historical and scholarly underpinnings are really important … to shape our understanding of what’s happening now and reflect on what has been important.”

Doug Hall AM opening LDFA Collectors' Exhibition 2017

Doug Hall AM officially opened the Collectors’ Exhibition at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art on Saturday 3rd June 2017, claiming the panoramic exhibition as a serious and scholarly presentation of Australian art and musing that Lauraine Diggins is essentially the only gallerist and dealer looking at and handling Australian art history, in particular at a time when this has never been more critical.

With artworks from Australian colonial artists through to contemporary and indigenous artists, the exhibition encourages the viewer to consider the selection of works in the context of Australian art history, with the accompanying catalogue essays providing illuminating text by revered scholars in their fields.

Hall provided a snapshot of artworks in the exhibition of importance to Australian art history including:

Eugene VON GUERARD‘s Evening After a Storm Near the Island of St Paul’s (1854), one of only four marine painters by this artist “who is truly a romantic classicist with a preoccupation with science and history.”

Fred WILLIAMS, “a true 20th century Australian genius of painting.”  “The reach of his art historical imagination, his later interest in Japan and China and the verticality of all these marks, the single beautiful calligraphic gestures, the flatness of the New York School the breadth of his art historical interests and instinctive response to the landscape” can be seen in the group of paintings and gouaches included in the exhibition.

John OLSEN‘s Landscape (1958) – “such a strong painting and such a profound precursor to the You Beaut pictures …. “it is an international painting in 1958 and an extraordinary work.”

James CANT The Dead Girl a painting marked by a “brutal, deep, romantic, dark and brooding honesty.”

Clarice BECEKTT who “almost whispers her pictures into existence” as seen in the atmospheric Winter Morning, Beaumaris (c.1927-31).

Russell DRYSDALE‘s Rain at Cattle Creek (1967) –  “beautifully withheld, perfectly confident, great poise – there is no bombast but [the portrait] is not timid either.”

Doug Hall AM is the former Director of the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art and was Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale in 2009 and 2011.

A video of Doug Hall’s opening speech can be viewed here.

The exhibition is on show until 29 July and can be viewed on our site here and the catalogue can be downloaded here.

Contact the Gallery for any further details.

Robert Clinch Artist Talk – Goggomobil D’art Project

We are pleased to provide the opportunity to hear Robert speak about this unique project, the Goggomobil D’art Project, resulting in a remarkable painted art car, peppered with the artist’s signature paper darts.

Listen to the Artist Talk by clicking on the video below.