Sydney Long

Clifton Gardens, 1905


The Mosman Art Collection is a long-held point of pride within the Mosman community. Mosman’s unique location surrounded by stunning harbour foreshores and beautiful bushland has inspired generations of artists since the late 19th century. Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton were among a large number of artists who painted in the area from the artists' camps at Mosman Bay, Little Sirius Cove and Balmoral. They established an artistic tradition in Mosman which has been upheld by scores of artists, writers, and poets ever since. 

The Mosman Art Collection is an historically important and unique collection of paintings and works on paper which have been collected since Mosman Municipal Council’s commencement in 1897. The collection’s primary focus is Australian painting, and the core of the collection has been formed through the annual, acquisitive Mosman Art Prize, first established in 1947 by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman, Allan Gamble. 

Over time the Mosman Art Prize has developed to become Australia’s most prestigious municipally funded art prize with a national profile. It regularly attracts over 800 entries annually and currently offers over $40,000 in prizes.  The resulting collection of modern and contemporary paintings reflects developments in Australian art practices since 1947.

The Mosman Art Collection also includes many significant works by Australian artists which have been acquired through several generous donations.  In 1945 Alderman Keith Cowlishaw made a donation of 15 works from his personal collection of Australian Colonial and early twentieth century paintings including artworks by Conrad Martens, William Henry Raworth, William Whitney, Wiliam  Lister Lister, James Howe Carse, and Valentine Delaware among others. 

In 2011 the Australian Philanthropist Neil Balnaves made a major donation of Australian impressionist and modernist artworks to the Mosman Art Gallery. This significant collection of historical paintings The Balnaves Gift, focuses on Mosman's strong artistic heritage including works by iconic Australian artists such as Arthur Streeton, Conrad Martens, Henry Fullwood, Elioth Gruner, Sydney Long, Margaret Preston, Ethel Carrick Fox and many more. 

Here is a preview of The Balnaves Gift for you to enjoy. More Mosman Art Collection images coming soon. 

Michael Zavros

Flora, 2016

Alan Jones

Painting 131 (North Coogee), 2015

Michael Muir

Past the Stacks, 2014

Rachel Ellis

Bathurst Landscape - William Street, 2013

David Fairbairn

Seated Figure JB with Orange Ground, 2012

Kerrie Lester

Out on a Limb, 2011

Craig Waddell

I Remember You As You Were My Beauty, 2010

Alexander Lavroff

Amish Bucket with Capsicums in Colander, 2009

Jasper Knight

Wharf with Yellow Palings, 2008

James Powditch

Butterfly Effects, 2007

Fan Dongwang

Descendant, 2006

Tom Carment

Ships at Sea (W.A.), 2005

Adam Cullen

Surfer Joe was Light Horse, 2005

Peter Godwin

The Duck Salon/A Memory, 2004

Noel McKenna

5 Birds, 2003

Roy Jackson

Gulgan Flats, 2002

Guan Wei

Gazing into Deep Space No.8 (1-3), 2001

Lucy Culliton

Still Life/ White Ground, 2000

Tim Johnson

Maitreya, 1999

Judith White

Cultivation (Series) Floodplain, 1998

Francis Giacco

Polyptich, 1997

Elisabeth Cummings

The Music Room, 1996

Diana Portingale

Marmalade and Tea, 1995

Jenny Sages

3am, 1994

Nicholas Harding

Newtown Station, 1993

Kilmeny Niland

Vita with Violet, 1992

Bob Marchant

The Young Don Bradman, 1992

Anthony Galbraith

Untitled 56, 1991

Rodney Milgate

Landscape with Figures, 1991

John Bartley

Bull Ants, Blowflies and Burnt Chops, 1990