About Us



Gallery Hours

During exhibitions: Mon to Fri 11- 5 pm, Sat  12 - 5 pm
Ordinary Hours: Tue - Sat 11 - 5 pm or by appointment

Gallery Services include:

  • valuations
  • re-hanging your paintings
  • advice regarding sale and purchase of paintings
  • restoration and framing services

Visit the gallery to find out more or ask for suggestions.


We have around 1000 works in stock, mostly museum quality and usually have about 200 pictures on view at any one time.  It is advisable to check our website before visiting the gallery. If you have specific interests, contact the gallery to ensure works are still available or to enable us to get them ready.

Paintings and drawings by major artists are affordable and fine examples can be acquired for much less than often thought.



The gallery was established in 1983 in High St Armadale and moved to the current location in Carlton in January, 1986.

The gallery holds regular catalogue exhibitions of Early Australian Watercolours and Drawings, Early Australian Painters, Modern Australian Paintings, Artists Exhibiting in London 1880 - 1940; Australian Women Artists; Australian Prints and an annual Christmas exhibition where everything is priced under $2000.

One-man exhibitions have included Sidney Nolan, Clifford Bayliss, Mary Hammond, Vic O'Connor, Jan Senbergs, Barry Dickins, Celia Perceval, Brigid Cole Adams, Jeff Ferris,  Joyce Meier and Nada Hunter. Works by these artists are always in stock.  All our works are available when our catalogues are published.

Since 1998 we have also held regular exhibitions of Post War Realist Artists from St. Petersburg, Ukraine, Crimea and Siberia in conjunction with our good friend John Barkes, London.

In 2007 we opened a second gallery in Hampton where we concentrated on more contemporary work.  We held regular exhibitions from Mangkaja Arts in Fitzroy Crossing and held an exhibition of prints from Northern Editions at Charles Darwin University.  We also held many mixed and solo collector exhibitions. Sadly, when the building was sold in 2015 we closed the gallery to concentrate on our Carlton Gallery. 

Before us - An earlier life of the gallery

Strines 1966-1970  See Sweeney Reed and Strines Gallery, Heide Museum of Modern Art 2018/2019. Strines exhibition listing; view here

Leveson Gallery 1979-1983 ; Directors Phyl Waterhouse and June Davies

 Sweeney Reed, Strines Gallery 1966


Our Clients:

Over the years our buyers have included all state galleries, state libraries in Victoria, NSW and Tasmania, the National Gallery Canberra, the National Maritime Museum, the War Memorial and many regional galleries, as well as private collectors here and overseas.

Bridget has been a Government approved valuer under the Tax Incentive for the Arts Scheme since 1990, was on the Committee for Taxation Incentives for the Arts from 2004 - 2012 and Chair of the Committee 2011-2012.

She was also on the Collections Committee for State Library of Victoria from 2004 until 2014.


Gallery Staff:

Bridget McDonnell, Rena Tovey,  Caroline Chesterfield, Erin McDonnell (niece) and Michael Timlin (son)