Margaret Flockton A fragrant memory Louise Wilson
Posted: 21 Dec 2016
Jacketed HB 320 PP 234 x 180 Full colour t/out ISBN 978 1 74305 447 5 Biography November $49.95 published by Wakefield Press
signed copies available from the gallery
In 1894, a shy young Englishwoman dazzled the art world with her first exhibited work in New South Wales. Her name was Margaret Flockton, and she would go on to become Australia’s first and most celebrated professional botanical artist. Her illustrations were admired for both their scientific accuracy and their exquisite beauty.
Flockton was a self-effacing artist with extraordinary output. Her paintings of Australia’s wild flowers led onwards to the eucalypts, acacias and more, culminating in the creation of the international
award that honours her work.
With hundreds of full-colour illustrations, including many of her beautiful plates, this biography captures the essence of a remarkable woman, illustrating a life of deeds, not words.
Melbourne-based author Louise Wilson achieved First Class Honours in History in the old NSW Leaving Certificate but focused on mathematics at the University of Sydney and became the first
woman in Australia to embark on a professional career in banking. After a multi-faceted career in finance and economics, she became intrigued by her own connection to a First Fleet settler of Australia and has now returned to her teenage passion. She enjoys bringing previously untold aspects of Australia’s fascinating history to life in readable non-fiction stories based on meticulous research.
Peninsula Hot Springs
Posted: 25 Jun 2016
Some of my sisters and I farewelled a friend heading back to Ireland this week by taking her for an afternoon at the Peninsula Hot Springs. I strongly recommend you try this place if you haven't been before. It is best in the middle of Winter towards the end of the day so you can enjoy the added atmosphere of the mist and lights in the evening!
Keep an eye out for our July promotion!
Barry Humphries at our recent opening
Posted: 31 Jul 2012
Barry Humphries pictured here with my mother Nadia McDonnell, delighted guests by turning up at the opening of our new exhibition 20th Century European Works on Paper... and didn't go home empty handed! read more
Barry Dickins in Broome
Posted: 4 Jul 2012
An exhibition of works by Barry Dickins is showing in Broome this weekend
The exhibition featuring recent works is on show at the home of Jeremy Hart. Contact Jeremy 0428 830 002 or Caroline Chesterfield 0422 609087 for more informationBarry will also be signing copies of his recent book Barry Dickins and the Fairies of Miller Street
Posted: 20 Jul 2011
Opening next week at our Hampton gallery is an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Barry Dickins, artist, author and poet. The exhibition will be opened by Patricia Cowling, principal at Genazzano college and long term friend and patron of Barry's.
This will be our third exhibition of Barry's work since opening our Hampton gallery in 2007.
Edward Roper painting
Posted: 17 May 2011
Mount Ararat on Display in City
The Ararat Advertiser featured our Edward Roper watercolour "Bringing Down the Wool, Mount Ararat in the Distance in the this weeks paper.
Maytime Fair Exhibition
Posted: 28 Apr 2011
For the second year in a row we will be exhibiting as part of the Maytime Fair at Xavier College in Kew. An exhibition of 50+ works; paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture. The fair raises money for the Jesuit Mission in support of people in Africa, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Myanmar and Thailand. We are proud to part of this important work.
Opening night; Thursday 5th May continuing Fri 6th and Sat 7th 9-5pm
Rae Letters booklaunch
Posted: 21 Apr 2011
The Melbourne-born sisters, Iso and Alison Rae studied art at the National Gallery School in the 1870s & 1880s. They left for Paris in 1887 to pursue careers overseas and never returned.
Many art historians and collectors have been fascinated by the sisters, particularly Iso Rae, since a collection of her pastels turned up in a London auction in the late 1970s...read more
Butterworth exhibition opening
Posted: 14 Mar 2011
Daniel and Matthew Butterworth's exhibition opened last Saturday afternoon. The paintings explore the theme of masculinity in a contemporary Australian culture. The artists ideas are expressed through re-visiting well know paintings by artists such as Tom Roberts and Sidney Nolan. The exhibition resounds with both humour and a gutsy irreverence.
Daniel and Matthew Butterworth
Posted: 14 Mar 2011
Daniel and Matthew Butterworth at Daniel's studio prior to the opening of their exhibition.
Posted: 16 Feb 2011
After a long and relaxing summer holiday we are back in action in Hampton which currently is showing works from our stock room, including this marvellous early work by Deborah Halpern. It is not often that a painting from this part of her career is seen and this work has a wonderful rich, sculptural use of paint - surprise, surprise!
Andrea Pindan and Greg Peterson at the Hampton Gallery
Posted: 7 Jul 2010
For this year's annual exhibition of paintings from the Kimberley we will be showing works by Andrea Pindan and Greg Peterson - opening 17th July.
Illustrated is Greg Peterson's Wirnpa, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 120 cm
A New Modern Exhibition
Posted: 6 Jul 2010
We are very busy at the moment preparing for our next show, Modern Australian Painters. The exhibition will include works by Sidney Nolan, Francis Lymburner, William Dobell, Charles Blackman, Horace Brodzky and Danila Vassilieff as well as many other well-known 20th century artists.
The exhibition opens in late July.
Rare Hugh Ramsay for sale
Posted: 10 Jun 2010
Included in my new exhibition is a terrific museum quality painting by Hugh Ramsay.
Self Portrait, Paris 1901 was included in Ramsay's Retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1943. During the last 109 years since it was painted, it has been in the possession of two members of the Ramsay family and Daryl Lindsay, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria. It was probably also included in the 1902 exhibition that Nellie Melba helped to organize for the artist.
It is an important painting and is priced at $35,000.
The second work by Hugh Ramsay in our exhibition has been snapped up by a discerning scholar.
Posted: 7 May 2010
Bridget McDonnell Gallery is proud to announce that we are now showing works by highly respected painter and printmaker Thornton Walker. Pictured here is Haiku II a recent watercolour 80 x 75 cm.
New exhibition for Carlton
Posted: 6 May 2010
Our new exhibition of Early Australian Painters will open at our Carlton gallery on the 23 May. We have been preparing the catalogue for this exhibition for 5 months now and are delighted to see it finally completed. Contact the gallery for more information
New Works by Barry Dickins
Posted: 6 May 2010
As a result of the continuing interest in Barry Dickin's extraordinary paintings and drawings, the artist has brought in a number of new pieces that are now available for viewing, such as Contemplative Mermaids illustrated (detail). Like the man himself these works are full of colour and complexity and the more one looks at them, the more there is to see.
Barry Dickins Exhibition
Posted: 6 May 2010
March/April saw an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Barry Dickins at our Hampton gallery. A very successful show with Barry's new works attracting a lot of attention. Photo: Barry in his North Carlton studio.
Celia Perceval Paintings on View
Posted: 4 Mar 2010
Celia Perceval's exhibition of recent paintings from the Sapphire Coast has been a joy. Her works have brought many people through the gallery and interest continues so her works will be on show until the 16th March 2010 and can then be viewed on request.
Celia Perceval Exhibition Opening
Posted: 10 Feb 2010
Sunday 7th February saw the opening of an exhibition of recent paintings by Celia Perceval, pictured here with Nadia McDonnell. A gorgeous Sunday afternoon, good cheese, good wine, good company and 20 of Celia's lively, impasto paintings to view. The exhibition continues until the 28th Feb.
Lucy Boyd in her Studio
Posted: 9 Nov 2009
Opening Friday 13th November is an exhibition of landscapes and seascapes by Lucy Boyd, seen here painting in her studio. On departing Melbourne last December, Lucy left a collection of works from her studio in Edithvale with us. It is these works that will be on display until the 28th of November. The exhibition features a number of works depicting bayside beaches, with which Lucy and her family have had a long history.
John Ness Barkes
Posted: 22 Oct 2009
Our good friend John Barkes arrives from London next week in time to catch the end of our Hampton exhibition Paintings from St. Petersburg, Siberia and Ukraine and to help us celebrate the gallery's 2nd Birthday. John has been visiting Russia regularly and supplying us with Russian paintings for about 15 years now and we are hoping he will give a talk on some of the artists in the current exhibition. All of whom he knows personally.
Posted: 20 Oct 2009
Caroline and I camped beside this idyllic, remote, waterhole for a couple of nights rest after visiting Fitzroy Crossing and Yiyili to select works for our next Aboriginal paintings exhibition. It was my first trip to the Kimberley and I can't wait to get back. I will even swim in the waterholes again even though Caroline was bitten by a crocodile ! For more information and photos ask Caroline next time you are in our Hampton gallery.
100 Years of Women Painters
Posted: 15 Nov 2008
Our new exhibition at BMG Hampton will be 100 Years of Women Painters. The exhibition will be similar in format to our Xmas exhibition held in our Carlton gallery every year but will be dedicated to generations of women artists. It will open in the last week of November and run through until Christmas. During January the gallery will only open on the odd day or by appointment. Depending on the weather !
Posted: 15 Nov 2008
The Hampton gallery is now 1 year old. Thanks to the efforts of Caroline it has gone from strength to strength. The highlight event of the year was the rock concert put on by Fitzroy Express in April to coincide with the opening of an exhibition of paintings from Fitzroy Crossing and the nearby community of Yiyili.
Clifford Bayliss exhibition
Posted: 18 Oct 2007
Clifford Bayliss 1912-1989 Paintings, drawings and sculptures from the artist’s studio, London will be our next exhibition in our Carlton gallery. The exhibition will open on 7th November and continue until 30 November. IT is a terrific and varied exhibition and includes two very striking sculptures.
Posted: 22 Jul 2007
My youngest sister Joanne has launched a company producing horse snacks Like a muesli bar treat for horses Jomax Horse Snax is a nutritious treat for your favourite pony and has been selling well. Pictured is her daughter Esmé treating a friend's horse.
Look for them at your nearest saddlery shop.For more information see www.jomax.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org