Roslyn Ox­ley9 Gallery

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‹‹ “Syd­ney Con­tem­po­rary is a very good meet­ing place,” says Syd­ney-based gallery di­rec­tor Roslyn Ox­ley. “Deal­ers talk to each other, the pub­lic sees ev­ery­thing hap­pen­ing at one time — [art fairs] are very stim­u­lat­ing and in­ject en­ergy into the art world.” Ox­ley, who sits on Syd­ney Con­tem­po­rary’s se­lec­tion com­mit­tee, is a revered ma­tri­arch of Aus­tralian con­tem­po­rary art, hav­ing shown at pres­ti­gious global art fairs and rep­re­sented some of Aus­tralia’s best artists. For a col­lec­tor, ad­vises Ox­ley, art fairs are the best way to fi­nesse an ap­petite while build­ing a net­work of gal­leries whose tastes you trust. Of the 42 artists and es­tates on Ox­ley’s books, 20 are fe­male, a bal­ance to be re­flected at Syd­ney Con­tem­po­rary. Buz­zwor­thy names in­clude Linda Mar­ri­non and Jenny Wat­son, who each de­buted new works this year; Mikala Dwyer, fresh from a 2017-18 AGNSW solo show; and Pa­tri­cia Pic­cinini, lauded as Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar artist in­ter­na­tion­ally, and whose re­cent Cu­ri­ous Af­fec­tion ex­hi­bi­tion at Queens­land’s QAGOMA re­ceived high praise. “We’ve al­ways been big sup­port­ers of women,” says Ox­ley. “It’s just the way it’s turned out. Since we started back in 1982, I’ve taken on peo­ple who I re­sponded to, who talk well about their art and per­sonal strengths and their com­mit­ment to what they’re do­ing. I think [fe­male artists] have al­ways been push­ing their cause; they’re quite strong.”

“I think fe­male artists have al­ways been push­ing their cause; they’re quite strong” roslyn ox­ley

FROM TOP Scream­ing Teenager at a Bea­tles Con­cert 1964 (2018) by Jenny Wat­son, whose work will be rep­re­sented by Roslyn Ox­ley9 Gallery. Precipice (2017) by Vic­to­ria Re­ichelt, whose work will be rep­re­sented by This Is No Fan­tasy.

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