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12 Australian Artists to Buy in 2014

Installation view, Danie Mellor exhibition at UQ Art Museum
(UQ Art Museum)

As 2014 gets into full swing and galleries release their exhibition programs for the year, BLOUIN ARTINFO Australia has selected twelve artists that every art collector should consider adding to their collection this year. All the artists in the list made an impact on the Australian art scene in 2013 and are likely to do the same in 2014.

Check out the BLOUIN ARTINFO Australia list of artists to buy in 2014 below or click the slideshow.

Danie Mellor

2014 is set to be a big year for Danie Mellor with the launch of a survey exhibition of his work at The University of Queensland Art Museum that focuses on the last decade of his career. Adding to the desirability of Mellor’s work is the National Gallery of Canada’s recent acquisition of his major mixed media on paper work “Maba-I-Bala Rugu (of Power in Darkness).

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Danie Mellor is represented by Michael Reid, Sydney; Jan Murphy Galley, Brisbane; Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne; and Buratti Fine Art, Perth.

Emily Floyd

In 2014, two major survey exhibitions of Melbourne-based artist Emily Floyd work will be held in Australia – the first at Melbourne’s Heide Museum from March 15 to July 13 and the second at the National Gallery of Victoria from November 14 to March 15, 2015. Her work is also included in the Melbourne Now exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Victoria.

Emily Floyd is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney and Melbourne.

Baden Pailthorpe

Australia has an exciting video art scene that is driven by some of the world’s most celebrated video artists. One of the most influential Australian video artists of recent times is Baden Pailthorpe. Building on the success of 2013, in 2014 Pailthorpe will exhibit his work all over the world, including in Singapore at the Prudential Eye Awards Exhibition and as part of the “Machiniglitch” exhibition at the Vector Festival in Toronto, Canada.  Also in 2014, Melbourne’s Westspace will exhibit a series of four new media artworks by Pailthorpe entitled “Cadence.”

Baden Pailthorpe is represented by Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney.

Pat Brassington

Pat Brassington is one of Australia’s most respected photographic artists. In 2013 she won the prestigious 2013 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize and was included in the “NEW13” exhibition of selected recent acquisitions at The University of Queensland Art Museum. Her work “The Frog” 1997 is part of the Museum of Old and New Art/Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery exhibition “Theatre of the World” exhibition which recently toured to La Maison Rouge in Paris. In 2014, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art’s major survey exhibition of Brassington’s work, “Pat Brassington: À Rebours,” will continue to tour around Australia and to New Zealand.

Pat Brassington is represented by Arc One Gallery, Melbourne; Stills Gallery, Sydney; and Bett Gallery, Hobart.

Ben Quilty

All that really needs to be said about Ben Quilty, other than the fact that he is one of the most talented and successful contemporary Australian artists, is that he won the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards for Contemporary Asian Art, which means that he gets a solo exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery towards the end of 2014. Best get in now before his international profile reaches new heights.

Ben Quilty is represented by Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.

Bindi Cole

In the last few years, Melbourne-based artist Bindi Cole’s profile has risen dramatically, cementing her reputation as one of the most interesting and compelling contemporary Australian artists. As well as being chosen to participate in the 19th Biennale of Sydney, the Shepparton Art Museum will exhibit a number of Cole’s works from May 16 to August 10.

Bindi Cole is represented by Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne.

Sydney Ball

2013 was a big year for influential Australian abstract artist Sydney Ball, whose work remains very much undervalued. A solo exhibition of his “Stain” paintings at Sullivan + Strumpf in Sydney was very well received and news of his gift of 30 paintings valued at more than $1 million to the University of South Australia was a reminder that Ball is one of the most important Australian artists of the modern era. Also in 2013, the University of South is celebrating Australia Ball’s 80th birthday with an exhibition of his work at the Mawson Lakes campus library. Key works from the Sydney Ball Gift will be included in an exhibition of Australian abstract art to be hosted at the Samstag Museum of Art in 2015.

Sydney Ball is represented by Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney and Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne.

Alex Seton

2014 is set to be a big year for Sydney-based artist Alex Seton. As well as exhibiting as part of the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart, a major new work by Seton will be exhibited at The Tweed River Art Gallery from March 21 to June 1.  Seton was also recently awarded the People’s Choice Award in the National Artists’ Self Portrait Prize.

Alex Seton is represented by Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane and Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney.

Ricky Swallow

In 2013, the Art Gallery of Australia acquired California-based Australia artist Ricky Swallow’s major work “The Exact Dimensions of Staying Behind,” reminding Australia of Swallow’s importance. Swallow is also one of the artists included in the Heide Museum of Art’s “Future Primitive” exhibition which is on show until March 2. One of the most significant indications of his growing international profile is his inclusion in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Ricky Swallow is represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.

Nyapanyapa Yunupingu

In the pantheon of Indigenous Australian painters, Yolgnu artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu stands out as one of the most exciting and singular artists to have emerged in recent times. The recent exhibition of her work at Roslyn Oxley9 was spectacular and the two larrkitj (painted logs) included as part of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ “Yirrkala drawings” exhibition are standout pieces. Definitely an artist worth collecting.

Nyapanyapa Yunupingu is represented by Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

Emerging Australian artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah burst onto the Australian art scene in 2013. He was selected as part of the Touring Blake Prize, which will travel to five venues across Australia in 2014, and was awarded a Qantas Foundation Encouragement Art Award. Abdullah has also received a 2014 Australia Council for the Arts JUMP Mentorship and the 2014 National Association for the Visual Arts Sainsbury Sculpture Grant.

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah is represented by Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne and Venn Gallery, Perth

Anthony Lister

Internationally celebrated Australian street artist Anthony Lister continues to take the urban art scene by storm, leaving his mark on walls and canvases around the world. Testament to his seniority and longevity is the recently released Lister Sketch book which documents 10 years of Lister’s drawing practice from 2002 to 2012. In 2013, he was included in the Complex Art and Design 50 Most Influential Street Artists of All Time.

Anthony Lister is represented by Olsen Irwin, Sydney