About Us



Gallery Hours

Hours:  Tue - Fri 11 - 5 pm or by appointment

During exhibitions: Gallery hours may extend to Mon to Fri 11- 5 pm, Sat  12 - 5 pm  - we advise you to contact us prior to confirm. 

Gallery Services include:

  • putting together a collection
  • hanging paintings
  • recommendations 
  • gift vouchers
  • buying and selling of paintings
  • restoration and framing pictures


We have around 1000 works in stock, mostly museum quality and usually have about 200 pictures on view at any 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 ensure they are not in storage.

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


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; Paintings from St. Petersburg and an annual Christmas exhibition where everything is priced under $2000

Solo 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, Shay Docking, Mary Macqueen 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 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 last forty years, many of the works we have sold have ended up in public collections around the country including the National Gallery Canberra; the National Maritime Museum, Sydney; the War Memorial, Canberra; most State galleries, State libraries in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Tasmania, and many regional galleries, as well as private collectors here and overseas.

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

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

Gallery Staff:

Bridget McDonnell, Caroline Chesterfield, Bridget Devlin and Michael Timlin (son)