Wednesday, 17 June 2015


Internationally renown John Kelly is best known in Australia for his paintings and large sculptures of William Dobell’s cows.  These papier-mâché creations were used during WWII in an attempt to confuse enemy aircraft as to the location of the Australian airbases. His sculptures of cows have been exhibited on the Champs Elysées, Paris, in Les Champs de la Sculpture, 1999, Monte Carlo, in La Parade des Animaux, 2002, the MAMAC in France, The Hague, 2007, Glastonbury (2006 and 2007)Cork city 2011, Melbourne Docklands and MONA.
More recently, Kelly’s work has seen him tackle contemporary issues – such as branding in contemporary culture, and museum politics – in places such as the Guangzhou Triennale, 2008, and the Göteborg Biennale, 2009. In 2005 Kelly’s work was commissioned by David Walsh (Museum of Old and New Art, MONA) in Hobart to create work for his Moo Brew beer labels.   Limited edition prints of this work are now available at Bett Gallery.

View work here.  

John Kelly printing Skull at Black Church Print Studio, Dublin.



Kelly recently spent time painting outdoors in Antarctica  This suite of work can be seen as part of DARK MOFO, at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 12 June to the 20 September.  The opening of this show coincides with the release of the book, Beyond Woop Woop: John Kelly in Antarctica.  Limited edition prints of the Antarctic works are available at Bett Gallery

John Kelly, First Berg  2014, carborundum print on paper, 60 x 81 cm, ed of 40


Labyrinth marks Mauro-Flude's strong entrance into the commercial art market.  Her previous success both nationally and internationally see her at the forefront of the digital media movement.  A feature of her exhibition is the use of e-textiles; drapes embroidered with sequined cryptograms, decoded only via an application on a mobile device.

"Sequins and mirrors can be used to transport meaning to other places.  Wild places that, as yet, can only be imagined"  Nancy Mauro-Flude 2015

Labyrinth is on in the Bett Gallery backspace until the 26 of June. Bring your phone and explore.

Nancy Mauro-Flude, Labyrinth of the World, drape, embroidered cryptogram& generative videoscape, 180 x 120cm,
51 sec, colour, audio.



Elsewhere World opens on the 3rd of July and sees Arnold returning to printmaking, in particular, prints of the Tasmanian landscape.

"In the early 1980s I developed several large prints about the landscape of Western Tasmania. They were ’postcards’ for imaginary audiences far over the horizon – images of wild, desolate, indifferent places just beginning to feel the pressure of the approaching bulldozer. The works in this upcoming exhibition ‘bookend’ that earlier work. They share some characteristics with those artworks from 30 years ago but essentially they represent a big change. That shift in meaning and context is bound up with the fact that I live and will hopefully die within the pictured landscape and that the audience for these paintings surrounds me in the ‘here and now’."  Raymond Arnold 2015

Raymond Arnold, Elsewhere World - Transitional Image IV 2015



Congratulations to Barbie Kjar for winning the $25,000 Bay of Fires Art Prize with the work Floating Rock on Kunyani/Mt Wellington.