The Great Val Mulcahy is letting go of some of her treasures.

In everybodys life we decide to downsize. Well Val has made this decision and has to let go of some of her treasured collection.

Artists * John Milenkovic : was born in Cowra NSW in 1950. The son of a German mother and Yugoslav father, John grew up in the Blue Mountains where he learnt to appreciate the beauty of the Australian bush. In the seventies he moved to Queensland's Sunshine Coast and established his career as an artist

A highly motivated talented and successful artist, John Milenkovic has been one of Queensland's best ambassadors for his rich and sensitive interpretation of the surf, bush and forests. He is inspired by the diminishing rainforests and wetlands with the flora, fauna and birdlife they attract He captures the very essence of the Australian coastline by imagining it as would have appeared to the original settlers

John Milenkovic continues to push the boundaries of his subject and medium, consequently his works continue to be fresh and vibrant. Capturing the essence of any subject he chooses. His work has increased in value over the past twenty years and remains in high demand from both private and corporate collectors

* Harold Lane

COLOURFUL: Artist Harold Lane was a engaging character who was inspired by nature. Picture: Danny Weus Source: Supplied

ARTIST Harold Lane was born on June 22, 1925, in Sydney and died on April 20, 2012, in Caboolture.

ARTIST Harold Lane was well known to Queensland art lovers for the quality of his representational landscapes and figure studies.

He was born in Sydney in 1925 and his early childhood was spent in Toowoomba and then at Somerset Dam, where his family operated a canteen providing food for the men who were building the dam.

A precocious talent, at the age of only 13 he was sent to study art in Brisbane at the school of F.J. Martyn-Roberts.

It was a big upheaval for a young lad as he had to live in a New Farm boarding house.

Entry to the school program was allowed only by the presentation of promising drawing examples and the tuition was extremely formal, but he did well there.

At the outbreak of World War II he was still too young to join the navy but instead signed up for the merchant navy, serving around the Queensland coast and on troop carriers including the Gorgon.

Mr Lane also served for two years with the American Small Ships Service, particularly around New Guinea, on an auxiliary tanker refuelling landing barges.

The 1950s were a time of great stimulation for him. He moved back to Sydney and lived at Kings Cross, working by day as a clerk on the wharves and studying by night at East Sydney Technical College.

He developed his love for colourful characters during that time and became a popular personality and storyteller himself, handling a pint - or something stronger - as befitted the son of parents who at one time managed a country pub.

Throughout his life, Mr Lane's amusing anecdotes were a joy to his friends - as was the tenor voice which took him on stage in Sydney with the NSW Light Opera Company.

There, he performed in the chorus in Die Fledermaus and also The Student Prince.

After moving back to Brisbane with his first wife, Elisabeth, he became involved in exhibitions. His first shows were mixed exhibitions at Kennigo Street Gallery and the Moreton Gallery.

Eventually, he was able to paint full time and exhibited with Don McInnes in Brisbane, John Brackenreg at Artarmon Galleries in NSW, Ailsa Osborne in Adelaide, John Cooper on the Gold Coast and at several provincial galleries.

Mr Lane's work was purchased for the Queensland Art Gallery and the Commonwealth Government Collection, while commissions came from the Attorney-General's Department in Canberra to paint a very large triptych for the Darwin Law Courts and from Swiss Alumina to paint scenes from Gove, in the Northern Territory, for its Swiss offices.

Opening nights were always great fun, with Mr Lane's sartorial excellence and his predilection for hand-tied bow ties at the forefront.

His exhibitions were always well received and reviewed.

Throughout the 1970s and later, Mr Lane continued to paint several exhibitions per year for galleries such as The Young Australian and Galloway Galleries.

His art was bought by banks, investment houses and other prestigious firms and was sent overseas to England, America, Germany and Switzerland.

Up until his last days, after many years of debilitating illness, he always believed that he would paint again and longed for that time.

His philosophy was that a painter was never finished learning and that a well-rounded artist tries his hand at many art forms.

Working mainly in representational oils, he also enjoyed water colours and had tried sculpture and wood carving.

Success came many times in competitions for landscapes, portraiture and figure work.

The variety of his works demonstrated a keen observance of the natural world, reflected in his exquisite landscapes, seascapes and depiction of animals and birds.

In later life, he enjoyed the beautiful Scenic Rim country, living near Moogerah Dam for 13 years, then for 15 years on Bribie Island and Ningi and most recently at Caboolture.

Mr Lane is survived by his wife Grace, a large extended family and many friends.

* Janet Thompson

About Jan Thompson

For me, art is a kind of wordless communication between myself and the viewer—a 'fax' of feelings. We are all overwhelmed with technology today, yet the simple act of dragging a pastel across paper becomes the transmitter of my 'highest and best emotions.' I am a primitive mark-maker with a charred stick standing in front of the cave wall. 'See the beauty I saw; this is my story: do you like it? It will be here when I am gone.' Janet R. Thompson
Jan, her husband, John, and their labs, Pearl and Sadie, live in Creede, Colorado. Creede is a small former silver mining town nestled in a canyon of the San Juan Mountains in southern Colorado. At sixteen, Jan discovered the pure soft pigment sticks called pastel and has spent the last fifty-five years creating artwork in her own vibrant, colorful style.

Jan attended the University of Oklahoma where she majored in commercial art. After college, the following sixteen years were spent on the East coast, where she married and began raising her family. Jan studied portraiture with Daniel Green at the Art Students League in New York City and was a member of the National Guild of Scientific Illustrators and the Women's Caucus for the Arts, as well as several other art societies in the East. After a successful exhibit in the Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center in New York City, she headed back to her beloved West. She is currently a member of the Pastel Society of Colorado, the Tubac Center of the Arts, and a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America.

* Kasey Sealy


* Thomas Mcauley 

* HC Simpson

Herbert Clarke Simpson was born at Casino in New South Wales on 30 April 1879, one of the seven children of Herbert Rennie and Lucy Ellen née Foy. He died in Brisbane on 3 April 1966. Simpson was educated at the state school in Casino and worked for several years in the family grocery store before studying art under Godfrey Rivers at the Brisbane Technical College in the first decade of the 20th century. He exhibited with the Queensland Art Society (later named the Royal Queensland Art Society) 1899-1902 and 1920-34 (principally in the early 1920s). Simpson married Emily Chadwick at Kangaroo Point on 16 August 1924 and moved to reside in the Tweed area in about 1926 when their son was born.

His productive career began in 1906 and lasted for some 50 years. Some of his oil paintings are capably executed, such as his romantic vision of a jungle shrouded Dodds Island, Tweed River 1926 (Tweed River Regional Art Gallery collection) but he is most appreciated for his watercolours. His appealing watercolours of familiar subjects in South East Queensland (such as his innumerable studies of Currumbin Rocks) were very popular with locals as well as visitors who sought a more personal souvenir of their stay. Most are of beach settings but occasionally he ventured north to depict subjects such as Dayboro and the Glasshouse Mountains. Simpson made a comfortable living through his art even through the years of the depression and was, probably, the only artist in Queensland to do so. He stated:

'When I began to paint, I reasoned there were three groups of potential purchasers; one small group who can and will pay fancy prices, and intermediate group with a purchase limit of perhaps £10 and the infinitely larger group of the general public which would like to buy pictures, but cannot afford to pay very much. I determined to satisfy the artistic leanings of this larger group.’(1)

This he did successfully. He popularised images of what was to become the Gold Coast well before the development of the mass tourism market after World War II. Simpson sold his work through Brisbane department stores such as McDonnell & East, Finney Isles & Co., McWhirters and Trittons (and also his brother’s photographic studio in Casino) for prices as modest as half a guinea. In later years and in declining circumstances he sold his watercolours at local hostelries. The appeal of his watercolours remains constant in Queensland as evidenced by specialist collectors of his work.

* Chas Ludlow and more!


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