Published On: December 15, 2023523 words3 min read
Contemporary Australian art

Art Lovers Australia’s ‘Smalls’ Exhibition

Smith & Brooks are very excited to share that we are currently showing works in the group exhibition, ‘Smalls’ which features a fantastic array of contemporary Australian art in Melbourne. This exhibition is on at the Art Lovers Australia gallery in Collingwood and showcases the incredible talent of over 50 artists with a specific focus on small artwork making them perfect for your home.

The exhibition which opened on the 1st of December has already kicked off with great success and was attended by many art enthusiasts and collectors as well as many of the contemporary Australian Artists that had work on show.  The gallery space has been expertly curated by the Art Lovers Australia team making it a wonderful visual feast for all of those who attended. The diverse array of original artworks will no doubt provide something for everyone and allow art collectors of any persuasion to find that perfect piece of art for their home.

Our contribution to this beautiful show included 6 original artworks from our Coastal Path, Gathering Eucalypt and Southern Melody collections. And excitingly two of our petite artworks had sold by the end of the exhibition opening. These two delightful pieces are from our Coastal Path collection, Pigface Moment I and Coastal Banksia Form III – both of which are still available as limited edition prints on the Art Lovers Australia website.

Contemporary Australian art

The other works we sent to Melbourne for the ‘Smalls’ art exhibition included mixed media work Ovata Form I from our Gathering Eucalypt collection and Pandanus Moment II from our Coastal Path collection. Both of these works are abstract landscape works which have been created with layers of colour, repetition and pattern. Ovata Form I, an exploration of swamp gum or eucalyptus ovata which is endemic to the Melbourne region incorporates hand embroidered organic cotton which forms draping tendrils that trail over the bounds of the oak frame.

There are two brand new works which we sent to Melbourne for this show, Centrolepis Form II and Flannel Flower Song. These beautiful and petite artworks are from our latest collection, Southern Melody and are both inspired by the grasslands just beyond the coastal landscapes from northern New South Wales through to the greater Melbourne region – places that are particularly filled with memories and connection for Jacky. 

Ours are but a few of the works that are on display in the Art Lovers Australia Melbourne gallery right now and there are so many other incredible artists who have contributed to make this show exceptional. Some of the standouts which caught our eye include the ever impressive Nicola Cowie from Perth, colour maximalist and Melbourne artist Ellen McKenna, Michael Wolfe of Castlemaine with his divinely irregular landscapes and the incredible geometric abstractions of Min Ray from Ballarat – just to name a few. This exhibition truly is an excellent showcase of the diverse range of contemporary Australian artists working in our country right now. And while small artworks are the focal point of this exhibition the energy and range of the work is massive and we are very grateful to be a part of it.