Sydney Contemporary

Discover with Jess Scully—

We invited Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney, Jess Scully, to select her highlights from the new artworks added to Explore Sydney Contemporary on 16 November. Browse and buy artwork by over 500 artists online from 11–21 November 2021.

"Art that offers a window into another world, a portal to help me see the world in a new way, and a frame to help me understand this historical moment. I love the vicarious rush of emotion, the transfer of warmth or pain or story that can reverberate through the brushstrokes or materiality of a work."

Jess Scully uses creativity to engage people in the future economy and with urban life in the twenty-first century, working towards a sustainable and inclusive world. In 2019 she was elected as Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney and has been a councillor since 2016.

Previously, Jess founded Vivid Ideas, Australia’s largest creative industries event; supported emerging talent through projects such as the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards; sparked new thinking through TEDxSydney and transformed public space as a public art curator. She has also worked as a policy advisor, radio host and magazine editor.

Her first book, Glimpses of Utopia: Real ideas for a fairer world, was published by Pantera Press in August 2020


Adrian Hobbs
Revival (I will be your shelter), 2021
shaped panel mounted on timber frame
161cm x 110cm
AU$12,000 incl. GST
Presented by Gallery 9

On what she looks for when collecting art– "Colour and humour, feeling and personality. I've always found myself drawn to faces: making eye contact with characters and creatures of all kinds, but I'm slowly expanding into an appreciation of landscapes. I think the lockdown heightened my need for more visions of broad horizons and wild country. "


Tom Polo,
enter to exit (once), 2021
acrylic and gouache on paper
37.5cm x 29.5cm
Presented by Roslyn Oxley9


Grant Stevens
The Forest, 2020
procedurally generated computer graphics with sound, multiple display formats 1-3 video channels
Edition: Edition of 5 plus 2 artist’s proofs
Click to watch video
Duration: endless duration
AU$12,000 incl. GST
Presented by Sullivan+Strumpf


Juan Davila
Ex Voto, 1991
oil and collage on canvas
89cm x 77cm
AU$30,000 incl. GST
Presented by Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art


Locust Jones,
Matrix, 2021
ink, shellac, pigment, pencil and oil bar on layers of photographic backlit film inside wooden light box with led panels
75cm x 75cm x 15cm
AU$8,000 incl. GST
Presented by Bett Gallery

"I'm particularly interested in supporting emerging Australian artists and I feel very lucky to have bought early works in the last fifteen years from artists whose work I'd never be able to afford to acquire today!"


Ebony Russell
Blue with Swags, 2021
piped porcelain and stain
75cm x 27cm x 25cm
AU$5,000 incl. GST
Presented by Artereal Gallery


Miranda Skoczek
Crafting Paradise, 2021
oil and acrylic on linen
187cm x 155cm
AU$12,000 incl. GST

"I love art that brings joy and surprise: the playful, cheeky, and silly is essential. My husband Pat and I are both also instinctive fans of more-is-more artworks and big bold graphics too!"


Kate Ballis
Menrad, 2021
pigment print, framed in custom built lilac painted frame with corner detail
103cm x 153cm x 5cm
Edition: 1
AU$4,900 incl. GST
Presented by Gallerysmith


Don Cameron
Neviges, 2020
archival pigment print on cotton rag art paper, custom brass with bronze patina frame
132cm x 132cm x 6cm
Edition: Edition of 5 + 2 AP
AU$12,500 incl. GSt
Presented by Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert


Virginia Leonard
Urns for unwanted limbs #2 & #9, 2021
Clay, resin, lustre, pure gold
40cm x 45cm x 30cm
AU$7,000 incl. GST
Presented by PAULNACHE


Sally Scales
Wati Tjakura Creation Story, 505-21AS, Adelaide Studio, 2021
synthetic polymer paint on linen
151cm x 197cm
Presented by APY Art Centre Collective

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