Sydney Contemporary

Discover with Kylie Kwong​—

We invited chef, restaurateur, and ambassador for culture and community to share her favorite artworks from Explore Sydney Contemporary. Browse presentations by over 80 galleries from Australia and New Zealand, online 11–21 November 2021.

"I love culturally diverse art, because the more voices we have around the table, the richer, deeper and better our lives become."

Kylie Kwong is a third-generation Australian and 29th generation Kwong. As a chef she uses food as a catalyst for positive social change and cultural expression. Guided by her mantra of ‘celebration, collaboration and community’, Kwong develops food, culture and local initiatives in collaboration with artisans, farmers and the wider community. Kwong is the proprietor and chef of recently launched Lucky Kwong, an Australian-Cantonese eatery in inner-city Sydney and is also the South Eveleigh Ambassador for food, culture and community. Kwong is known for her cookbooks, TV shows and former role as the restaurateur, chef and co-owner of Billy Kwong. Kwong is also an ambassador for iconic Kings Cross charity, Wayside Chapel and an international correspondent for Parabere Forum, a global summit empowering women in hospitality. 


Atong Atem
Banksia, 2021
Digital video (dimensions variable)
116cm x 159cm
Edition: edition of 10 + AP
Click to watch video
AU$12,500 incl. GST
Presented by MARS Gallery


Shirley Macnamara
Out Of The Dust And Dry Ground, 2020
spinifex, ochre and natural fixative
36cm x 27cm x 27cm
AU$32,000 incl. GST
Presented by Alcaston Gallery

"I love art in which one can see, feel and sense the artist's strong spirit and voice. I love art that is not just aesthetically pleasing, but also expresses a social or cultural statement."


Teelah George
Feather, 2021
thread, linen, bronze
41cm x 33cm x 5cm
AU$5,000 incl. GST
Presented by Neon Parc


Yukultji Napangati
Untitled, 2020
acrylic on linen
183cm x 153cm
AU$90,000 incl. GST
Presented by Utopia Art Sydney

On buying art – "I spend a lot of time looking at art works by visiting art galleries, museums and private collections because I appreciate that the better education one has, the better one’s art collection will be."


Karla Dickens
Warrior Woman XVII, 2017
mixed media
30cm x 18cm x 10cm
AU$9,900 incl. GST
Presented by Sullivan+Strumpf


Alan Constable
not titled, 2021
glaze, earthenware
12cm x 33cm x 16cm
AU$3,650 incl. GST
Presented by Darren Knight Gallery

"I am guided by my emotional response to the art first and foremost, I buy for love, not for investment - I appreciate the two are very different."


Isaac Spigelman
Untitled, 2021
oil on canvas, artist’s frame
25.5cm x 21cm x 2.5cm
AU$450 incl. GST
Presented by National Art School


Jonathan Jones
Jonathan Jones: works on paper 2010–19, 2021
25cm x 17cm x 3cm
AU$60 incl. GST
Presented by Formist Editions


Beverly Burton
Ngayuku Ngura, 345-21TA, Tjala Arts, 2021
acrylic on linen
122cm x 152.5cm
AU$3,300 incl. GST
Presented by APY Art Centre Collective


Abdullah M. I. Syed
Currency of Love (CLS9-2021-ILS200 –V1) Israeli New Shekel 200, 2021
hand-cut bank notes on pure pigment print on Rag paper, 24-karat gold leaf
13cm x 18cm
AU$3,500 incl. GST
Presented by Gallery Sally Dan Cuthbert

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