Past Exhibitions



The S.H. Ervin Gallery has a history of presenting exhibitions from private collectors to reveal the taste and vision of individuals, and this exhibition continues this tradition. Dr Peter Elliott AO has been acquiring art for decades and his work by many important Australian artists including Gruner, Dobell, Drysdale, Boyd, Williams, Smart, Friend, Whiteley, John Olsen, William Robinson, Rover Thomas, Emily Kngwarreye, Gloria Petyarre, George Tjungurrayi, Henry Mulholland, Savandry Vongpoothorn, Peter Sharp, Kylie Stillman, John R. Walker and James Rogers.

High Country Landscape  1988 oil on canvas 67.5 x 92cm


The Promised Land: The art of Lawrence Daws


24 JUNE - 7 AUGUST 2011

Lawrence Daws’ works are celebrated in this important touring exhibition, confirming his place as an iconic artist. Lawrence Daws (b1927 Adelaide) has enjoyed developed a passion for symbolism and his work is full of his work is full of his own personal lexicon of images. A Caloundra Regional Gallery travelling exhibition, curated by Bettina MacAulay.



LAWRENCE DAWS The Cage 1972 screenprint on paper 60.3 x 60.7cm Collection: Griffi th University

2011 Salon des Refusés


16 APRIL - 19 JUNE 2011

The alternative selection from hundreds of entries to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes. Each year our guest selectors go behind the scenes of the Art Gallery of New South Wales to select the exhibition. The Salon has an excellent reputation, and is often cited as more interesting that the "official" exhibition. The criteria for works selected are quality, diversity, humour and experimentation and cover themes such as contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and artist's responses to the landscape. Sponsored by Holding Redlich.

SALLY ROSS Alasdair oil on linen 100 x 80cm

Wendy Sharpe: The Imagined Life


26 FEBRUARY - 10 APRIL 2011

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s leading artists recognized for her expressive and exuberant paintings which depict women, often the artists herself, and are characterised by colour and movement. The artist’s observations of daily life are compelling and theatrical and this exhibition highlights her important contribution to recent Australian art. An S.H. Ervin Gallery exhibition.


Self Portrait on the Bridge in Venice 2010 oil on linen 167 x 152cm

Curious Colony: a twenty first century Wunderkammer

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Curious Colony is twenty first century room of wonders where colonial curiosities jostle contemporary art. This major exhibition from Newcastle Region Art Gallery brings together the work of colonial artists in juxtaposition with contemporary artists including Lionel Bawden, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Fiona Hall, Narelle Jubelin, Fiona MacDonald, Danie Mellor, Kate Rohde, Joan Ross, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Robyn Stacey, Imants Tillers, Esme Timbery, Louise Weaver & Philip Wolfhagen. Also featured is a cabinet commissioned for the exhibition containing wonders from the world of contemporary art inspired by the Macquarie Collectors’ Chest made in 1818 for Governor Macquarie and now held in the Mitchell Collection of the State Library of New South Wales. The lure of this object is such that it has inspired a contemporary response from the very place in which it was made almost two centuries ago.

 ROBYN STACEY Bombe (Cape bulbs) 2009 (detail) type C print on paper Collection: Newcastle Region Art Gallery

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