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. 

Aileen Rogers

Therese Delanty, 1977

Ruth Faerber

Echo, 1977

John Lethbridge

Slipshod, 1976

Max Miller

Frieze, 1976

Alan Oldfield

Ocean Cruise, 1974

Graham Kuo

Reflection I, 1974

David Rose

Peach Bowl, 1973

Joan Brassil

Creative Tension III - Cell Division, 1973

Ruth Faerber

Between Time, 1972

Ross Jackson

1970 - L, 1972

Earle Backen

Space Structure and Moving Circles, 1971

Reinis Zusters

Urban Episode, 1971

William Peascod

Stele, 1970

Earle Backen

Ancient Structure, 1970

Stuart Maxwell

Slant, 1969

Patricia Englund

Flight of Herons, 1969

Clinton Starr

Collage I, 1969

Shirley Crapp

Spiritual Presence, 1968

Joseph Szabo

Without - Within IV, 1968

James R Jackson

Middle Harbour, 1968

Ronald Lambert

The Dogon, 1967

Joe Rose

The Cloak, 1967

Elizabeth Rooney

View from Gloucester Street, 1966

Emeritus Professor Ken Reinhard

N, 1966

Eva Kubbos

Tower, 1966

Earle Backen

Dust Storm, 1965

Guy Warren

Moon at Mungo Brush, 1965

Henry Salkauskas

Painting, 1965

James R Jackson

Sydney Harbour, 1965

Henry Salkauskas

Behind is Always the Sun, 1964