Group exhibition: Director's Choice - Art Collector

Sidney Nolan, Head (Ned Kelly), 1947. Enamel paint on board, 75.5 x 63.5cm. Courtesy: the artist and Gould Galleries.

Gould Galleries in Melbourne is turning 35. It’s celebrating with a landmark exhibition of work from some of Australia’s most important 20th century artists. Director’s Choice 2015 will include iconic work from Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series and John Perceval’s Williamstown, as well as work by Charles Blackman and Brett Whitely, to name just a few.

First opening its doors in 1980, gallery director Rob Gould’s philosophy has been to exhibit the finest Australian and international art. With Sir Russell Drysdale, Fred Williams, Ian Fairweather and Rosalie Gascoigne just a handful of the notable artists Gould deals with, it’s clear he's achieved this goal over the gallery’s three and a half decades in the business.

Gould’s interest in dealing was piqued at the tender age of 10 when he purchased some bark paintings from some Aboriginal youths for a half penny and then sold them on for a penny. With such an early start, how has the director’s passion for the arts sustained 35 years in the business? He insists: “The thrill of the chase in locating exceptional works and the buzz of a completed transaction has never waned.”

– Naomi Gall

Exhibition opens: 6-8pm Thursday 30 April 2015
Exhibition closes: 13 June 2015
Location: Gould Galleries, 270 Toorak Road South Yarra VIC 3141

Contact: 03 9827 8482

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