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Victoria's Premier Regional Arts Festival

1st April - 10th April 2011

auction artists

Kareen Anchen

"Sunlight", Artist Proof for Edition of 20

Acid Etching on acid free Hahnemuhle white paper, image 26 x 16.5 cms, framed 58 x 54 cms

Commercial value:$320

"Drawing has become increasingly important in my life and Printmaking is a natural extension of Drawing. I enjoy the challenge of trying to capture an image that I can 'see' in the OBSERVED world. Making drawing marks allows me the opportunity to put my 'art eyes on’ and to access a part of my brain that relishes the act of Drawing. There is something wonderfully alchemical about watching acid 'bite' into metal when making an etching, the smell of the ink, the feel of the paper, the rigour around the whole printmaking process gives me a sense of order which calms me down at a very deep level."


Leonie Auhl

"October gold"

Hand coloured linocut, image 20 x 18 cms, framed 43 x 44 cms

Commercial value:$290

Leonie Auhl is a well-established local printmaker and painter who first exhibited in 1997. Since then, she has regularly exhibited in regional art shows, receiving many awards and commendations in various media, including: photography, monotypes, collagraphs, linocuts, etchings and pastels. Her works are universally popular and are in collections in Europe, Asia and Australasia. With a Science degree in her past (with particular interests in palaeontology and botany), it is not surprising that many of her works are intimate studies of fruits, flowers and fungi. More recently, landscapes have been added to her repertoire, many inspired by the ever-changing atmospheric effects on the distant hills, as seen from her hilltop home in Barkers Creek

Erika Beilharz

"Mother and Child", one of an edition of four

Etching, image 18 x 24 cms, framed 34 x 47 cms

Commercial value:$180

Erika describes herself in Jean Dubuffet’s words, “a Sunday artist, for whom every day is a Sunday”. She also believes, as he does, that playing the flute makes one a better painter. She has always been drawn to image as metaphor. Now she is moving away from a literal representation of such metaphors towards finding expression for the multi-faceted, the many-levelled, the transparent and the fleeting, in the actual process of Making.

Helen Bodycomb

2 works to be sold separately:

"Lucky Star", framed set #1

"Lucky Star", framed set #2

Chicken wishbones and epoxy resin, gold leaf (#1)

Commercial value:$600 each

These works were made after 2 years gestation and first exhibited at the 2009 Castlemaine State Festival Visual Arts Biennial. They formed part of a large wall installation/mosaic, titled "Pure Arse: a constellation of lucky stars"; offering a whimsical comment on the notion of (good) luck. The chicken wishbones were provided by the Castlemaine IGA, their flesh was eaten by the people of Castlemaine and the 'Lucky Soup' they generated was gratefully consumed by the artist's friends and family.


Kristina Browning

"Un Contro Dolce"

Linocut printmaking, 52 x 63 cms

Commercial value:$350

Recipient of a Bachelor of Arts with a major in drawing and printmaking electives, Kristina works in a variety of mediums, coloured pencils, printmaking, painting,as well as welded metal sculptures and conducts art classes in her Macoolama studios in Campbells Creek. Many quirky coloured pencil chook drawings are depicted on greeting cards etc. with Jeni Simmons www.artpublishing.com.au. Kristina has gained the title of 'Chook Lady' and was featured with many other local characters in the book 'Bush Aussies' by Allan M. Nixon. Penguin Books. Studio visits are welcome by appointment where works by Kristina, daughter Sonia and her partner Glenn White can be seen

Sonia Browning

"Musical Geisha"

Drypoint engraving/collage printmaking, 50 x 60 cms

Commercial value:$250

Recipient of a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree in fine arts with painting as her major, Sonia is known for her vibrant acrylics and printmaking , currant subjects include outback landscapes and delightful figures represented in a playful naive style. Images published on greeting cards etc. with Jeni Simmons can be seen at www.artpublishing.com.au

Sybil Craig (1901-1989)

"Sea Shells", c 1948

Pastel on Paper, 39 x 44 cm

Commercial Value: $250

This work has been donated by the Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum, where an exhibition of Sybil Craig's work was held in 2006. This was first public gallery retrospective exhibition of this early Australian Modernist painter. The exhibition highlighted her wonderful use of colour and design in a diverse range of media, techniques and subject matter. The National Gallery School, Melbourne, gave Craig a sound training for her popular flower and portrait studies. However, her association with leading modernists between the wars led her to pursue her art in a deliberately experimental and spontaneous way.


Cas Davey

"Broken", from the "If You Were to Die Tomorrow" series

Glass, metal, bone, timber, 21 x 6 cms

Commercial value:$450

If you found out you would die tomorrow what would you do today? A mixed media piece using lampworked glass as the focus.

Note: image not of actual piece, but of one from same series.

Lynne Edey

"Small Figure"

Bronze, 32 x 10 cm approx

Commercial value:$1,500

From the monumental scale of earlier stone works to the more linear and conceptual sculptures in bronze in her current work, Lynne Edey has preserved a sense of monument. Her sculpture, evolving for over twenty years, creates a metaphysical world through the artist's profound sense of humanity. Edey has the ability to represent the human form simply, yet with intense emotion. Struck by the impressive power of art’s history, she has added her own layer of creativity to those of the past. Edey’s work resonates in contemporary city interiors and in beach, desert and bush landscapes.

Phil Elson

"Bowl in the colours of the beautiful sunlit corner in Bilbao"

Porcelain hand thrown bowl, 42 cms (W) x 28 cms (H)

Commercial value:$2,900

Recently Phil was awarded a 3 month Australia Council residency in Barcelona. Whilst in Spain, he travelled to some wondrous places and met some wonderful people.

"In Barcelona I was able to visit with ease the work of Picasso, Miro, Duchamp, Picabia. I stood, overwhelmed, in the stunningly beautiful buildings of the Modernist designs of Montaner (Palau de la Musica Catalana), Cadafalch (Casa Amatller) and Gaudi (Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, Sagrada Familia).I loved how these buildings reached into the air; into the sky about them. They exuded a love of materials, a love of place, a love of life. Something of that time, something of those places, now resides in me."


David Frazer


Wood Engraving

Image size: 15 x 20 cm, unframed

Commercial value:$440

David Frazer works in painting, wood engraving, etching, lithography and bronze. He holds a Master of Arts (visual Arts) from Monash University. He has had solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and numerous regional towns in Victoria, and has received many awards and prizes. His work appears in the collections of Australian national, state and regional galleries and libraries, university libraries, the Print Council of Australia, and the Bundanoon Trust, and in collections in London, Edinburgh and Somerset, UK; and in China and Thailand.


Jeff Gardner

"The Sleep Garden", 2009, Edition Number 10/20

Two colour dry point; handmade box frame limed, varnished and waxed; image size- 39 x 37 cm

Commercial value:$670

The universal genre of the figure in the landscape is the major theme in the new paintings and prints by Jeff Gardner. He has been exploring this notion in graphic form over many years placing his circular figures in and under the curving horizon line. His imaginary landscapes use symbols of home, family, and objects from ordinary life. One is reminded of another time or place, whether in a dream or in waking life.The exhibition “Fragments of Landscape” is currently open in Maldon at Cascade Print Workshop Gallery and includes small panels, large oil paintings and new prints. Jeff Gardner is known as a practising Printmaker. This exhibition of Jeff Gardner’s is the first exhibition to include paintings in ten years.

John Gleeson

"Yellow Bowl"

Stoneware, 26 x 8 cms

Commercial value:$160

John Gleeson creates handmade pottery which is mostly functional, with a preference for hand-mixed Chinese or Japanese-style glazes, using local raw materials where possible.

Noah Grosz

"Light on Nobody Home"

Enamels and epoxy fillers on tin,21 x 45 cms

Commercial value:$600

Winner of the Dominique Segan Castlemaine Visual Arts Biennial Award 2009, Noah Grosz is an artist living and working out of Bendigo. He exhibits extensively in the region as well as in Melbourne. This work was based on childhood memories of exploring caves with his father. It was influenced by Jules Verne's classic book, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and there are environmental issues raised by the work, with acknowledgement of humankind's desire to control and contain nature for our own pleasure and use, be it for better or worse.

Gretchen Hillhouse

"Barabas's Beads, Necklace and Earrings"

Porcelain, silk cord, sterling silver, Earrings- 18cm long, Necklace- 45 cm long

Commercial value: Necklace- $490 Earrings- $120

Using her signature material of porcelain, award winning Australian designer Gretchen Hillhouse presents the Barabas Beads collection. Designed with the brave of hand and black of heart in mind, Barabas Beads investigates the mitigating cirumstances of shadowy actions. Gretchen Hillhouse Design is based in Castlemaine, and represented in galleries, design centres and high end boutiques throughout Australia, NZ and in select locations in the Europe.


Geoff Hocking

"Ce n'est pas un Pigasso"

Oil on canvas, unframed,50 x 60 cms

Commercial value:$1,000

Geoff Hocking is a well-known artist/illustrator/designer/author [and occasional sculptor] who has contributed to the festival over many years. He paints and exhibits regularly across the region; his range of works encompass contemporary landscapes, assemblages, whimsical garden scenes, humorous narratives and historical observations and are highly sought after. He has recently completed a commission for a large sculptural installation beside the Cobb Highway in Central NSW as part of the Artback Long Paddock Project.


Karen Holland

"Red Gerbera"

Oil on canvas,84 x 68 cms

Commercial value:$500

After many years of porcelain painting, then watercolour, acrylics and pastel, Karen Holland is now concentrating on painting in oils. Earlier this year in Bendigo she held her first solo exhibition "Flying Solo", consisting of aerial landscape paintings. Currently she is working towards another solo exhibition to be held at Togs, Castlemaine, in November 2010 to be called "Closer Still". This exhibition will consist of contemporary still life paintings some of which will be big, bright and bold.

Kir Larwill

"By the light of the moon "

Monoprints, unique state ,79 x 40 cm framed

Commercial Value: $600

Kir has been a painter and printmaker for over a decade, and busily, informally, domestically ‘making’ since childhood. She is part of a printmaking group who meet and make prints together each week at Studio Paradiso in Sandon. This print, and the body of work it is part of, is the result of precious mornings of work out at Sandon, inspired by themes of love, landing, song and occasional flights into the unknown. Kir enjoys exploring quiet shades, how one colour works with the next, and how assembling groups of prints provides a different way to combine observational drawing with layering and abstraction.

Ben Laycock

"Brigg's Bluff"

Pencil on paper,40 x 60 cm

Commercial Value: $500

Ben lives in Barkers Creek and has a studio above Stonemans Bookroom. He is a director of Castlemaine Contemporary Art Space, is the Castlemaine Fringe Visual Arts Coordinator and has an arts show with Jan Palethorpe on Wireless Mount Alexander 107.5fm at 5-6 Wednesdays. Ben is a landscape artist and has travelled extensively throughout Australia.


Arthur Lindsay (1912-1990)

"Rear of Market Building", c 1969

Oil on Board, 32 x 48 cm

Commercial Value: $350

This Castlemaine scene has been donated by the Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum. Arthur Lindsay, a relative of Norman Lindsay, studied at the George Bell School, Melbourne and received advice and encouragement from Rupert Bunny.


Craig MacDonald

"Ham - Space Monkey"

Bronze, 34 cm

Commercial Value: $2,500

Craig Macdonald is a sculptor, recently exhibiting his works at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and before that at Greenway Gallery, South Melbourne and Qdos in Lorne. He runs the Garage Art Foundry at Elphinstone, working with artists in lost wax casting, sandcasting, mouldmaking, fabrication, patination and maintenance.

Unlikely heroes are the best. Ham was a chimp sent into space by NASA in the late 50s. He was suited up and strapped into a capsule and blasted into space to go where no man dared go before him.
Robert Maclaurin

"Tasmanian Lagoon", Edition Number 2/20

Acid Etching on acid free Hahnemuhle white paper

Print dimension: 16 x 12 cm

Framed dimension: 57 x 55 cm

Frame: Hand finished. Victorian Ash timber, limed, varnished and waxed

Commercial Value: $570

International artist Robert Maclaurin is represented in many major, private and corporate collections. These include the Scottish Gallery, The Royal Collection, The Flemings/Wyfold Art Foundation, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, to name but a few. Robert exhibits his paintings every year in Scotland and in London at the Osborne Samuel Gallery.This print, "Tasmanian Lagoon" belongs to the first suite of etchings he has made here in Australia at Cascade Print Workshop in Maldon.


Julie Millowick

" Small Cloud" 2008, Edition Number 1/5

Archival Digital Print

Framed dimension: 100 x 33 cm

Commercial Value: $800

Small Cloud is part of the ongoing series Close to Home, a series of images made within walking distance of Julie Millowick's Fryerstown home.

Small Cloud is a digitally stitched panorama.


Richard & Pipit Morrell


Carved Cameo Glass

Commercial Value: $550

Made in Castlemaine by Pipit and Richard Morrell. Richard hand blows the glass vessel, caseing it with layers of colour. Pipit carves back through the outer caseing of colour to bring out the design. 'Greengrape' is inspired by the wineries of the Goldfields region.

Martin Paten

"Untitled" - detail shown

Photograph, black and white, 32 x 12 cm framed

Commercial Value: $600

This image was taken at Victoria Market in 1991 when Martin was working for The Age newspaper as a freelance photographer and during a period when he was fascinated with Melbourne’s street life. The ‘Vici Market’ was a particularly special place to wander around and this still moment of a boy and his father waiting seemed such a contrast to the chaos of Saturday morning trading. The photo was also taken at a time when Martin enjoyed the whole process of developing and printing images in the darkroom. This image remains his favourite from this period of work.

Ian Roberts

"River Landscape I" & "River Landscape II", 1973

Acrylic on Canvas, 46 x 42 cm framed, each

Commercial Value: $tbc

Ian Roberts was an art student in the 1970's, studying for a BEd at Melbourne State College. These paintings were exhibited in his final year show. Kindly donated by Alice and Geoff Clague.

Shades of Gray

"3-Candle Curly Candelabra"

Reclaimed boundary fencing and baling wire, 70 x 57 cm

Commercial Value: $155

Artists Chelly and Peter Gray found a roll of rusty wire on their country property 15 years ago and started twisting it into works of art. Perhaps because of their ceramics training, their creations are functional as well as original - from candelabras to bowls and beds, mirrors and fire screens.

Peggy Shaw

"Blue Gum"

Watercolour, 50 x 63 cms

Commercial Value: $500

Peggy's painting career began when she joined the Cheltenham Art Group in 1964, where she had tuition from Donald Cameron and John Morrissey in plein air painting in oils and watercolour. She discovered the joy of watercoolour from John Morrissey. Later she moved to Castlemaine, and had further lessons from Lance and Jan McNeill. She also worked in pen and wash on architectural subjects and cottages of the goldfields. When she created a beautiful garden, her subject matter turned to flowers, which is now her main interest. She has had many solo exhibitions and won several watercolour awards. Her work is represented on cards and in garden books and magazines.

Kynan Sutherland

"Tarrengower (Scrubby Hill)"

Pencil on Paint on Canvas, 92 x 122cm

Commercial Value: $1,800

Kynan Sutherland was born in Launceston, Tasmania. He has travelled and painted all over the continent from the deserts of Central Australia to the forests of South Gippsland. His recent landscapes represent a refined synthesis of Aboriginal, traditional Chinese and contemporary Western reflections on place. As visual poems they inspire a sustained meditation on how we experience nature. In 2007 Kynan Sutherland was awarded the Dominique Segan Drawing Prize for 'Moonlight Creek'. He was subsequently selected for the Flinders Lane Gallery emerging artists exhibition in 2008, as well as the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, the John Leslie Prize for Landscape, and the Castlemaine State Festival Visual Arts Biennial. In 2009 he won the Rusden House Acquisitive Award and is now featured in the Monash University Permanent Collection. He currently lives and works in Castlemaine.


Catherine Tait

"Buda Interior: evening light"

Oil on canvas, 60 x 85 cm

Commercial Value: $610

"After being artist in residence in 1997 at Buda, I fell in love with the subtle light and quietness of the Buda household. I often revisit the historical homestead and delight in painting the interiors."


Clayton Tremlett

"Jonathan Holmes portrait for television"

Colour linocut on Magnani paper, 22 x 15 cm (unframed)

Commercial Value: $370

Clayton Tremlett is a printmaker and painter who teaches art at the Castlemaine Secondary College. He has won several printmaking prizes, exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in the National Gallery of Australia.

"This image was made for a themed portrait exhibition titled "The Fourth Estate" at NYST Gallery, Queensland in November 2009. The exhibition dealt with Australian Media personalities who shape our opinions. My choice was Jonathan Holmes because of his unique position in keeping the Media 'honest'."

Glenn White

"Deep Colour"

Acyrlic on Canvas, 60 x 40 cm

Commercial Value: $250

Recipient of a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Glenn works with a family of artists at Macoolama Studios in Campbells Creek.The recipient of many awards, Glenn's works are infused with surrealism and his acrylic canvases, large and small are filled with rich vibrant colour. Glenn also conducts a 'made-to-order' canvas stretchers business in his studio in Campbells Creek.

Michael Wolfe

"94 Degrees West"

Acyrlic on Paper, 143 x 75 cm

Commercial Value: $1,500

Michael Wolfe is an artist, designer and picture framer with a great many enthusiasms, not the least being: growing big things from little things, family, cooking for a mob of friends, running round after children, having a yak, being at one with a pot of tea, hugging trees, kissing, changing the world, laughing, getting my hands dirty, seeing the big picture, painting big pictures, enjoying the view, smelling the gardenia, jasmine, boronia, freesias, being passionate and committed, working hard but not making work hard, singing, reading, syntax, pop psychology, grammar, a good red, a great Rothko, anything made well and with love. He is a Cancer and likes pizza and beer.


Mahmoud Zein Elabdeen


Oil on Canvas, 100 x 75 cm

Commercial Value: $800

Mahmoud Zein Elabdeen graduated with a Fine Arts Degree from the Polytechnic Fine Arts College, Sudan, in 1989. He has had many solo exhibitions in Sudan and in Cairo, and in Melbourne since his arrival in Australia in 2000. He has also participated in many group and joint exhibitions in all three countries. His illustrations have appeared in books, posters and on websites. Mahmoud was the Australian representative and one of 20 invited international artists at the Emaar International Art Symposium in Dubai in 2005. His work is held in Public collections including the Victorian Premier's Office and the Australian War Memorial, and in private collections in London, Cairo, Singapore, Khartoum, Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.

Mahmoud says about his painting Moving, "There are two towns east and west on the bank of the Nile river which are separated by a hill. One day a good man visited the east town and lived amongst the people of the town. They loved him and he taught them boatbuilding and fishing and was a poet and a singer. One day the good man decided to leave the east town because he was a traveller and an explorer, to visit another town, but not the west town. The people in the east became sad and wanted him to stay with them. They called a meeting with the good man to ask him to stay but he refused. But something strange happened- the people looked over the hill to the west town and the good man including the age of time in the same time. The good man was gone and in the middle of the night a small earthquake hit the hill, which the people didn't feel. In the morning they found the hill had disappeared and becuase there was no hill the two towns became one."

This is the Moving song: "I live to ground but then the land slips between my fingers - if I am in a storm of time no roof no walls. I was born in my homeland then spread my branches to another homeland - expatriation to another homeland where this is not belong to me only insofar as belong myself. I am moving to this horizon, to another horizon, to reside between the contradictions and details unknown. Moving and Leave."