JOHN SANTUCCI | new paintings

26 October -19 November 2016

“When we moved from Melbourne to Byron Bay a few years ago my work was mainly focused on surreal cityscapes and whimsical caravans, new surroundings launched thoughts of new directions. I didn’t want to pursue the obvious seascapes and lighthouses, instead I chose a subject that was quite literally staring me in the face.
Our garden was somewhat basic, but Byron’s weather means vegetation grows fast, really fast!
We planted madly, and this series is inspired by the fruits of that labour- a serene contemplation of form composition and natures incredible beauty.” John Santucci


On show 76 x 76 cm
On Show | 76 x 76 cm| acrylics on canvas SOLD


Balance 61 x 61 acrylic on linen
Balance | 61 x 61 cm | acrylics on linen SOLD


The Harlequins 61 x 61cm
The Harlequins | 61 x 61 cm | acrylics on linen SOLD


inky green mosquitos 61 x 61 acrylic on linen
Inky Green Mosquito’s | 61 x 61 cm | acrylics on linen

Mr pinl 76 x 76cm
Mr Pink | 76 x 76 cm | acrylics on canvas


Sombrero 76 x 76
 Sombrero | 76 x 76 cm | acrylics on linen SOLD


The jester 61 x 51cm acrylic on linen
The Jester | 61 x 51 cm | acrylics on linen


solitaire 61 x 51 acrylic on linen
 Solitaire | 61 x 51 cm | acrylics on linen


2015 Gallery- one Gold Coast

2015 Unplugged Byron Bay

2015 Gallery -one Gold Coast

2014 Gallery -one , Gold Coast

2013 Sheriton Hotel, Gold Coast

2013 Gallery-one, Gold Coast

2013 OnStone Gallery, Sth Melbourne

2012 OnStone Gallery, Sth Melbourne

2011 Green-Wood Gallery, Melbourne

2011 Paintbox Fine Art, Canberra

2010 Soho Gallery, Sydney

2009 Green-Wood Gallery Melbourne

2008 Green-Wood Gallery Melbourne

2007 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne

2006 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne

2005 Frankston Arts Centre, Melbourne

2004 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne

2001 Mansour Hill Gallery,Melbourne

2000 Sui Generis Gallery, Melbourne

2016 Birds Gallery – Melbourne

2016 Art images Gallery Adelaide

2015 Boom Gallery Melbourne

2014 Gallery De Novo, New Zealand

2013 Gallery De Novo, New Zealand

2010 Maritime Art Award, Melbourne

2010 Soho Art Gallery, Sydney

2008 Maritime Art Award, Melbourne

2008 Singapore Art Fair, Singapore

2008 Paintbox Fine Art, Canberra

2007 Green-Wood Gallery, Melbourne

2005 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne

2004 Jackman Gallery, Melbourne

2002 George White Gallery, Melbourne

1999 Fitzroy Gallery, Melbourne

2008 Winner ANL Maritime Art Award

1999 Whyalla Peoples Choice Award

Whyalla City Council, Whyalla Sth Australia

ANL Head office, Melbourne

House and Garden 2013 magazine. IKEA magazine international

Film and TV: Secret Life of Us, Tangle, Offspring, Conspiracy 365

Shine, My year without sex.


Australia, Singapore,United Kingdom, Italy , New York, New Zealand.



vanessa stockard

I like to portray the physical change and transplantation from the bustling city to the relative cool serenity of the Southern Highlands. Shadows and reflections carefully rendered in these paintings reveal the distortion of thoughts and experience as I try to live in the moment, yet struggle to do so. I bend light around corners, shadows and reflections are nonsensical yet compositionally interesting. I make new connections with colour and texture in each  painting and I watch my ideas morph and grow with each body of work. I am experimental in nature and will continue to push personal boundaries in terms of colour, substrate, composition and meaning. During 20 years of painting I have developed a private set of motifs that find their way into paintings when I need to express something pictorially. Like developing your own language, this skill has enabled me to communicate internally, the way that writing down your thoughts can increase comprehension of difficult concepts.

Painting for me is both a personal refuge and a comfort, I paint my favourite day-to-day things. I pluck fruit and flowers from the garden, place them inside and paint them immediately, capturing their fresh fragrant and edible beings. Interior and outdoor scenes are creative spaces where I can play with my ideas, spaces where I attempt to recreate the complex nature in which I experience life.

popies and figs
Poppies & Figs | 50 x 45 cm | acrylics on birch
panel | Price $1,200 framed

Tulips | 60 x 50 cm | acrylics on birch panel
Price $1,700 cm

popies 1
Poppies | 40 x 40 cm | acrylics on birch panel
Price $900 framed


open door
Open Door | 60 x 50 cm | acrylics on birch panel
Price $1,700 framed


vanessa 2
Spanish Chandelier |  50 x 45 cm | acrylics on
birch panel  | Price $1,200 cm


morrocan carpet
Moroccan Carpet | 50 x 60 cm | acrylics on birch
panel  |Price $1,700 framed


Solo Exhibitions

2015, Halcyon, Sydney

2015 La Vie en Rose, Art2Muse, Sydney

2014 Textura, Art2Muse, Sydney

2013 Inside, Outside, Charles Hewitt, Sydney

2013 The Garden, Maunsell Wickes, Sydney

2012 Untethered, Maunsell Wickes, Sydney

2012 Tenebrism, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney

2011 Vanessa Stockard, Artist’s Deli, Bowral

2010 Quiesce, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney

2009 Siren’s Song, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney

2009 Taree Regional Gallery, Taree

2007/8/9 Murdoch Collections, Portland, USA

2007 Cork, Portland, USA

1999 Dendy Cinema Sydney


Group Exhibitions

2016 Birds Gallery, Melbourne

2016 Walcha Gallery, Walcha

2016 Small Spaces, Sydney

2016 Equus, Olsen Irwin, Sydney

2015 Project 504, Sydney

2015 Stones, Berrima

2015 The Moree Gallery, Moree

2014 Space Matters, ION, Kings Street Wharf, Sydney

2014 Autumn show, Bradman Art Gallery Centre, Bowral

2014 Murdoch Collections, Portland, Oregon.

2013 Goulburn Regional Gallery, Goulburn (award, highly commended)

2013 BCAG, Bradman Art gallery Centre, Bowral

2013 Sydney Children’s Hospital, (permanent collection)

2013 Something Small, Charles Hewitt, Marrickville

2013 Is it a bird, Is it a plane, Charles Hewitt, Marrickville

2013 Wombat Hollow, Mausell Wickes and Michael Yabsley, Kangaloon

2012 A Painterly Selection, Artist’s Deli, Bowral

2012 Views and Visions, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney

2011 Think Big, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney

2011 Mythos Fine Art, California, USA

2011 Murdoch Collections, Portland, USA

2010 About Flowers, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney

2010 Something Personal, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney

2009 Don Capon, Sydney Eye Hospital, Sydney

2009 Blank_Space Art Gallery, Sydney

2009 Perlcontemporaryart, Vaucluse, NSW

2008 Taree Art Show, Taree, NSW

2007 Katayama, Portland, USA

2006/7 Guestroom Gallery, Portland, USA

2005 The Art Lounge, Sydney

2005 The Brush Gallery, Wingham, NSW

2005 Kelmans Winery, Hunter Valley, NSW

2003 Walcom Manning Art Prize

2003 Moulton Art Gallery Mona Vale, NSW

2002 Applause Gallery, South Melbourne

1998/9 Woollahra Art Show

1997-2004 Taree Art Exhibition

1997 Seal Rocks Show, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, NSW


2006-2007 Gilding and Carving with Dane Wilson, Master Framer, Katayama, USA

2003-2004 Julian Ashton Art School, (Anatomy and Life drawing)

2002-2003 North Sydney Art School, (Still Life and Landscape Painting)

1999-2001 The Framing School, Sydney, (Conservation and Object Framing)

1995-1999 University of NSW, College of Fine Art, BFA

1994 University of Sydney, Art History


DAN TOMKINS paintings

DAN TOMKINS |Paintings
until  22 October 2016

‘A passion for creating has always been a really strong presence ever since I can remember. Immersed in the studio, I feel energised surrounded by the tools and materials I’ve collected for making art. It’s the unlimited potential inherent in the creative process, the unknown, that I’m attracted to. For me, the most enjoyable part of painting isn’t what is planned but the surprise of what unfolds’.

Dan is based in Adelaide, South Australia where he lives with his family. He worked as a graphic designer and art director before embarking on a career as a freelance illustrator in 2000. Now painting and illustrating full-time, he has successfully exhibited in solo and group shows, and produced numerous works for both private and corporate collections. Working in a wide range of media, much of Dan’s work is inspired by his love and keen observation of nature.



Dan Tomkins. Gully Road III. 120 x 120. 2015
Gully Road | 120 x 120 cm
acrylics, enamel & pastel on canvas | $3,300


Dan Tomkins.Gully Road I. 120 x 120
 Gully Road II 120 x 120 cm
acrylics, enamel & pastel on canvas | $3,300


Dan Tomkins. Ginko tree II 120 x 120 cm
 Ginkgo Tree II 2016 | 120 x 120 cm
acrylic, enamel & pastels on canvas | $3,300


Dan Tomkins. Gully Road II. 120 x 120. 2015
 Gully Road III 2015 | 120 x 120 cm
acrylic, enamel & pastel on canvas | $3,300


Dan Tomkins. Weave II. 123 x 93cm
 Weave II 2015 | 123 x 93 | framed
acrylics , enamel & pastel on canvas | $2800


Ginko tree 160 x 12o cm
 Ginkgo Tree 2016 | 160 x 120 cm
acrylic , enamel & pastel on canvas
Price $3,900



Natalia Yanekina | Paintings


Natalia Yanekina was born in 1982 in Kaliningrad (Russia). Natalia is based in Lithuania since 2008 , and is a full time artist and a young mum, rising her little daughter Sofia. In 2003 she graduated from Ivanovo Regional Art School, named after M.Malyutina. Since 2005 has been a member of the Union of Artists of Russia. Natalia participates in many local & international art symposiums. She has recently did an artt symposium in Tbilisi, Georgia and is attending another one soon in Gdansk, Poland. Natalia has held many solo exhibitions and participated in  numerous group exhibitions in Europe.



natalia yanekina.lemons 100 x 100 with white boarder
Lemons | oil on canvas | 100 x 100 cm

natalia tree 100 x 100 with white boarder
 Money Tree | oil on canvas | 100 x 100 cm

natalia yanekina. With the birds. 60 x 90 cm with white boarder
 With Birds | oil on canvas | 60 x 90 cm



  Planning house

Bird’s gallery is about to receive new work from the contemporary artist Shane Drinkwater.

Tasmanian born artist Shane Drinkwater has exhibited widely within Australia (Melbourne,
Sydney, Adelaide…), also in Paris and is now represented in Sydney by Conny Dietzschold
Gallery and in New York by Gallery Molly Krom, following a show in July 2014.

Shane studied for 3 years at the University of Tasmania, School of Art in Hobart and one
year at the National Art School in Sydney.

He has lived in Queensland since 1994, after time spent in Paris: as recipient of the Alliance
Française/Australia council fellowship he had access to studio space near the
Bastille for 4 months in 1988. He stayed on another 6 years.

When talking about what painting means to him, Drinkwater states:
Painting is something I’ve always needed to do and I’m enjoying it more and more: it’s the
joy of putting colour ,shape and gesture on a surface. I’m interested in the making! I delve
into the act of painting with a minimum repertoire of visual elements aiming for a maximum
visual intensity. Ideas and images appear through the making of the work, language
becomes unnecessary, I let the work speak for me.


Dawn hills

Double garage with house

Glass collection


Hill tops

Modern home

New tree

Sorting three





The Forest Path

Florentina Munteanu was born in Bucharest, Romania and migrated to Australia in 1991.  She completed a BFA (Painting) with First Class Honours at Monash University in Melbourne 2005 and continued her Masters of Fine Arts by Research at Monash University being a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award.  In 2006 she obtained a studio residency at Gertrude Art Studios and in 2009 became a Teaching Associate for the Faculty of Art and Design Drawing Department at Monash University.

Her group and solo exhibitions include Corina Bus Gallery Melbourne, The Colour and the Shape curated exhibition Glen Eira Gallery, Drawing Symposium Exhibition The Atrium Gallery Monash University and House collaborative project with International artist in residence Marie-Jeanne Hoffner The Atrium Gallery Monash University.

Currently her work concentrates on the problems of painting from observation, still life and outdoor studies.  Looking at the poetic space of representation, Florentina draws inspiration for her still life from small life subjects such as fruit as they offer humble interchangeable forms.

Her work celebrates the small intimate daily encounters with objects both in still life painting as well as being drawn to en plein air painting, observing nature, searching for an equivalent for her experience rather than a record of a particular place.  The scale of her work is usually quite small coming from the fact that she paints outdoors with a small painting box sometimes taking cover from the elements in the comfort of her car.


A Down hill Street

Bosc Pear

Green Apples


Maroondah Dam

Pineapple Top

The Sandy Road

Art Money – Free interest loan


Bird’s gallery has recently become one of the participating galleries with Art Money.

Art Money has been created in order to support the Contemporary art by providing free interest loans to assist buyers to purchase art. Art Money stimulates the art industry by supporting both artist and buyers and it is now available at Bird’s Gallery.

How does it work? To buy artworks with Art Money, a 10% deposit must to be paid at the gallery and the remaining 90% will be paid in 9 monthly instalments. Loans are available from $675 to $30,000 and they are approved online immediately. The application is made online; it only takes just a few minutes to be completed. All you need is your driver licence or passport and to enter some simple personal details. Once approved, your loan is valid for 30 days and available at use at the gallery.

To be eligible to apply for an Art Money loan, you will need to:

  • Be an individual applying in your own name
  • Be 18 years or over
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Have an income of at least $30,000 p.a. from all sources ,including investments
  • Be currently employed or have a regular income that meets our requirements
  • Have a clear credit history (no dishonours, defaults, court judgements or bankruptcies within the last 5 years and not be an undischarged bankrupt)
  • Hold a current Australian driver licence or passport
  • Have a nominated account or credit card which Arts Money is able to debit

You can apply for an Art Money loan now at or visit us at Bird’s Gallery.



BRIGITA LA Works on paper | RADU DIMITRIU Sculptures

 BRIGITA LA | Works on paper | until 7 May 2016

Artist Statement

A few years ago I came across my old paintings & drawings stored in the attic. Some of those artworks were emotionally old & incomplete and I decided to rework or recycle them to give them new life. I started reclaiming them by cutting and weaving various pieces together and the result was astonishing and fresh. I love the aspect of spontaneity and accident in art, as it forces you to let go of the familiar, logical ways and surrender to the process, and in some pieces to embrace the uncertainty of the final result. The abstract visual aspect resonates more with me than the concrete aspect, therefore I often deconstruct the obvious visual images and conceal and encode them behind the abstract repetitive patterns. It gives the mind freedom to imagine, be intrigued and explore the unknown factor.

The recent series of woven work focuses on the new process of combining 2-4 specially made separate drawings into one woven piece according to the chosen theme. The work “Grandma’s Linen” is more emotionally charged, than others. I have spent my childhood summer holidays at my grandparent’s farm in the remote village. And I have a very alive and authentic memories from those times. The Grandma’s Linen conveys my appreciation of the hand-woven, hand-made aspect we lived with over there. I feel the work reflects alive & pulsating feelings of nostalgia to those times, which are alive only in my memory, as my grandparents, as well as the house are already gone. The subtleties of my childhood memories are interwoven into this monochrome “linen” piece, which invites the viewer to enter and explore it for themselves

I invite the viewer to leave logic behind and enter the realm of imagination where you are guided by your feelings, associations and intuition.

 View artist portfolio


Woven series_meadows

blue fish small

Meadows 28.5 x 38 small

leave 36 x 28cm


another traditional 36 x 28cm


floral 39.5 x 27cm


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lastauskaite_brigita_grandmas linen small

white on white small




Born 1951 in Iasi, Romania |
Since 1980 based in Melbourne


9 APRIL – 7 MAY 2016 , Exhibition Opening Saturday 9 April 2-4 PM

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13 February-7 March 2016
Ceramic Vessels

All pieces are made from raku clays and
stonewares and finished with stains and slips


Barbara van Oost was born in The Netherlands and moved to Melbourne in 1997.She is a self-taught ceramicist and began exploring the medium while working as a contempory dancer in her native Holland.

Her handbuilt ceramics are void of hash angles and excessive surface decoration. Barbara’s organically formed works are created using mixed clay bodies, oxides and stained slips and fired to stoneware temperatures.

Alongside her sculptural practice she designs and creates a line of jewellery and womenswear under the label Klei.




klei 3



Klei vessels


Bestie e Dintorni  | 11 February – 7 March



Michelangelo Russo was born in 1962 in rural Campobasso, Southern Italy.

Michelangelo absorbed painting techniques during his apprenticeship to a local well known artist, Franco Iannelli.  He also studied architecture and graphic design.  This rich and diverse range of influences is apparent in all his work.

Michelangelo held his first solo exhibition in Rome in 1988.  In 1990 after several shows in Italy, he visited Berlin, where he soon felt a strong affinity with the cities artistic energy.  He became absorbed by this powerful artistic and cultural mecca.  Michelangelo established a studio in the heart of East Berlin, which at this time, shortly after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, was fertile artistic ground for young pioneering artists.  He staged two critically acclaimed solo shows in Berlin based upon his output from this highly creative Berlin “period”.

Michelangelo has had a lifelong interest not only in painting but also music.  He has toured Europe as a musician playing concerts and experimental music festivals, and has appeared on several seminal recordings. He collaborated widely with musician/songwriter/producer Hugo Race, and composers/musicians Wendy Morrison and Andrew Ogburn amongst others, appearing in many of their projects, recordings and performances.

In 1994 he took up residence in Australia where he has had a number of highly successful solo exhibitions. Since 2002 Michelangelo abandoned oils and acrylics to employ exclusively Encaustic. He now runs regularly lessons and workshops on Encaustic Painting from his studio. Michelangelo’s work features in private collections in Australia, Cuba,  Germany, China, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and USA.


russo .silence of Hidden forest 172.5 x 122.5
Silence of the Hidden Forest
172.5 x 122.5 cm | encaustic on board


russo.the silence of a Burning sun
The Silence of a Burning Sun
172.5 x 122.5 cm | encaustic on board


The Silence of an Uncertain Future VIII
The Silence of the Uncertain Future VIII
30.5 x 22.8 cm | encaustic on board


The Silence of an Uncertain Future I
 The Silence of the Uncertain Future I
30.5 x 22.8 cm | encaustic on board

russo. silence over siberian desert 121.5 x 92 each
The Silence over Siberian Desert
121.5 x 92 cm each  | encaustic on board


Element III | 182 x 122 cm
encaustic on board


 Element II | 182 x 122 cm
encaustic on board



Element I | 182 x 122 cm
encaustic on board


I 2015
Bestie I | 133 x 122 cm | encaustic on wooden panel


II 2015
Bestie II | 133 x 122 cm | encaustic on wooden panel


III 2015
Bestie III | 133 x 122 cm | encaustic on wooden panel


IV 2015
Bestie IV | 133 x 122 cm | encaustic on wooden panel


O’Diavule | 29.5 x 25 | encaustic on wooden panel


Le Fou | 133 x 122 cm | encaustic on wooden panel


Pieta | 133 x 122 cm | encaustic on wooden panel

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