Gallery’s last show

Herald Sun - Property - - PROPERTY CONFIDENTIAL -

ARTIST is sell­ing his Carnegie gallery to fo­cus on his health.

Mr Bres­lin (below) spent three and a half years “de­vel­op­ing, build­ing and restor­ing” an old Unit­ing Church at 254 Neerim Rd to cre­ate The Bres­lin Gallery.

He said he was re­luc­tantly tak­ing the three-storey prop­erty to auc­tion on Au­gust 6 be­cause his health and re­stric­tive per­mit con­di­tions meant he could no longer do what he wanted with the gallery.

Mr Bres­lin, a fea­ture of the Aus­tralian art scene since the late ’90s, has spent re­cent months bat­tling leukaemia, a bone-mar­row trans­plant and kid­ney dis­ease.

He said the for­mer church, first con­structed in 1884, was “just a pile of bricks” when he took own­er­ship in 2009.

The gallery and a cafe now oc­cupy the build­ing’s bot­tom floor. The sec­ond storey fea­tures a stu­dio and self­con­tained apart­ment used by Mr Bres­lin and the third, another apart­ment. The artist will be hold­ing a fi­nal ex­hi­bi­tion, ti­tled Exit the Blood Ma­chine, at the gallery for three weeks from Au­gust 13. Gary Peer, Carnegie, agents Leor Sa­muel and Aviv Sa­muel are han­dling the list­ing in con­junc­tion with Ge­orge Takis and Matthew Feld of Teska Car­son. They said the “unique” prop­erty was dif­fi­cult to price, but es­ti­mated it would sell in the mid to high $1 mil­lion range.

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