Collections wrap: NGA, Shepparton and TMAG's new acquisitions - Art Collector

Reko Rennie, Royal Flag, 2013. 24 carat gold plated aluminium, 147 x 110 x 4cm. Courtesy: the artist and Blackartprojects, Melbourne and Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

18 December 2013 | Three key Australian art institutions have acquired new works for their collections.

Reko Rennie's
Royal Flag, pictured above, has been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. This artwork features two recurring motifs in Rennie's artwork - the crown and the Aboriginal flag - that symbolise Aboriginal as the original sovereigns of Australia.

Rennie's works are also held in the collections of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank, and the Koorie Heritage Trust in Melbourne.

Nici Cumpston, Budgee Creek II, Barmah National Park, 2013 (detail). Archival inkjet print hand coloured with synthetic polymer paint and pencil, 175 x 65cm. Courtesy: the artist and Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria

Photographer and curator Nici Cumpston has recently finished a commission for the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) in Victoria.

She has produced a suite of four hand coloured photographs (pictured) that document and honour the relationship between local Aboriginal people and country around Shepparton.

This body of work was commissioned by The Friends of SAM. Since 2012 SAM has invited a major Australian artist to create an artwork that engages with the Shepparton region for the museum's permanent collection.

Cumpston's works are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Artbank and university and corporate collections across Australia. She is also associate curator of Australian paintings, sculpture and Indigenous art at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Philip Wolfhagen, Five Days in April: an Elegy for R.D.B., 2012. Oil and beeswax on linen, 377 x 151cm, five panels. Courtesy: the artist and Bett Gallery, Hobart

The feature work of Philip Wolfhagen's recent nationally touring survey exhibition Illumination: The Art of Philip Wolfhagen has been acquired by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart.

Five Days in April: an elegy for R.D.B. (pictured above) is a moving tribute to Dick Bett, founder of Bett Gallery in Hobart, that recognises the significant professional relationship between the gallerist and the artist as well as their friendship.

Wolfhagen's ethereal works explore the Tasmanian landscape painting tradition and his personal connection to Tasmania. His works are held in the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Artbank and various regional and university galleries across the country.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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