‘If we in London know more about Australian Aboriginal art than we did a few years ago, then it’s probably due to the efforts of Rebecca Hossack.’ (Tim Hilton, Guardian)

 

Soon after establishing her first gallery in London in 1988, Australian-born Rebecca Hossack gained a particular reputation for ground-breaking exhibitions of Aboriginal art. Hers was the first gallery to exhibit Aboriginal art in Europe, and her Conway Street space houses a permanent collection today. 

 

Since the gallery’s inception, Hossack has curated regular Aboriginal exhibitions known as her Songlines Seasons. In 1990, she worked with Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri. Perhaps the most famous Aboriginal artist, Hossack secured two appointments for him with Her Majesty the Queen, who now has a work by Possum hanging in her private collection. Possum was the first Aboriginal to meet a Royal.

 

The gallery exhibits a broad spectrum of contemporary Aboriginal artists. Important paintings from Papunya, Spinifex, Fitzroy Crossing, Lajamanu, Ngukurr, Warmun and many other desert communities across Australia can be seen alongside works from the great bark-painting and wood-carving centres of Arnhem Land, Yirrkala, Maningrida, Tiwi and Elcho Island. Soft sculptures, made from recycled camp blankets, and fibre works are also included in the display. In addition, the gallery holds the largest collection of Aboriginal prints in the world.

 

Between 1994 and 1998, Hossack served as the Australian Cultural Attaché to the Australian High Commission in London, initiating literary links between Australian and British writers and organising a series of exhibitions of Aboriginal art in London. She writes regularly in the UK press, contributing to articles on Aboriginal art in both the Macmillan Dictionary of Art and the Oxford History of Western Art. Hossack is also an international lecturer on Aboriginal art for NADFAS, the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies. This international organisation has around 450 local societies and 80,000 members across the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. 

 

Hossack works closely with public galleries and institutions to promote Aboriginal art, such as the Barbican, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the De Young Museum in San Francisco. She also campaigns to preserve rock art in Western Australia’s Burrup Peninsula, which dates back over 20,000 years.

Watarru Collective, Ilpili, 2015
Woods Collaborative, Minyma Kutjara Tjukurpa, 2015
Shorty Jangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 2010
Shorty Jangala Robertson, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) - Puyurru, 2010
John Mawurndjul, Untitled, 2005
Esther Nyarapayi Giles, Warmurrungu, 2016
Esther Nyarapayi Giles, Warmurrungu, 2016
Mick Kubarkku, Ngarrbek Echidna, 2001
Djambawa Marawili, Burruttji in a Billabong
Paul Nabulumo Namarinjmak, Rock at Kubumi
Ngarralja Tommy May, Untitled, 2016
Ngarralja Tommy May, Untitled, 2016
Iluwanti Ken, Untitled, 2015
Iluwanti Ken, Untitled, 2015
Valerie Stafford, Bird Dreaming, 2015
Roxanne Petrick, Rooster, 2015
Yalti Napangati, Marrapinti, 2016
Hilary Tjapaltjarri, Pirruwaltja, 2015
Charlie Tjapangati, Manakurranya, 2016
Yakari Napaltjarri, Ngaminya, 2016
Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Mututa, 2004
Willy Tjungurrayi, Untitled, 2015
Willy Tjungurrayi, Untitled, 2013
Willy Tjungurrayi, Untitled, 2015
Liddy Napanangka Walker, Pirlarla Jukurrpa (Dogwood Tree Bean Dreaming), 2015
Mick Kubarkku, Yawk Yawk, 2000
Owen Yalandja, Yawk Yawk Spirit Figure
Peter Datjin Burarrwanga, Nyil nyil (fire story), 2010
Judy Manany, Worrwurr, 2014
Megan Djuramalwuy Yunupingu, Worrwurr, 2014
Judy Manany, Worrwurr, 2013
Carlene West, Tjirtjiti, 2013
Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Warntiripajarra, 2010
Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Koorali, 2009
Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Kuralkural Jila, 2008
Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Jumu (Soakwater), 2007
Trudy Inkamala, Girl With Ribbons, 2015
Trudy Inkamala, Girl With Cooloman, 2015
Freddie Timms, Ned Kelly, 1996
Jimmy Pike (c.1940 - 2002), Nganpayijarra Pila Karlijarti Karrilala
Jimmy Pike (c.1940 - 2002), Two Men Fighting
Ned Grant, Kulimarra, 2004
Jimmy Pike (c.1940 - 2002), Kalpurtu
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Lightning Dreaming - Mount Allen
Clifford Possum, Rock Wallaby & Lightning Dreaming - Mount Wedge
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Spear Dreaming - South of Naperby
Mervyn Street, Balmoongoo Country 2, 2013
Mervyn Street, Painting Rocks Story, 2010
Mervyn Street, Mustering Days, 2010
LLoyd Kwilla, KP2471-Bush Fire Series , 2008
LLoyd Kwilla, KP2256-Bush Fire Series , 2008
LLoyd Kwilla, KP2452-Bush Fire Series , 2008
LLoyd Kwilla, KP2451-Bush Fire Series, 2008
LLoyd Kwilla, KP2616, 2008
Mathias Kauage, Kauage Flies to Scotland for the opening of the new Museum of Contemporary Art, '99
Mathias Kauage, Independence Celebration, '99
Mathias Kauage, Ladies Soccer, '99
Mathias Kauage, Masalai - Spirit Man, '99
Mathias Kauage, Boxing, '99
Mathias Kauage, Carry Leg, '99
Mathias Kauage, A Young Police Woman on a horse waves , '99
Mathias Kauage, Captain Cook Discovering Australia, '98
Mathias Kauage, The Queen in a light tunnel at the opening of the Glasgow Museum of Contemporary Art, '96
Mathias Kauage, Biting the Doctors Arm, '90
Mathias Kauage, Untitled, '71
Mathias Kauage, Untitled, '70
Mathias Kauage, Winged Horse, '70
Mathias Kauage, Woman with a Wallaby, '70
Mathias Kauage, Imaginary Creatures, '70
Mathias Kauage, Great Mother 2, '70
Mathias Kauage, Great Mother, '70
Mathias Kauage, Drawing During Deprssed Phase, '70
Mathias Kauage, Fallen Horse, '69
Mathias Kauage, Kauage childhood drawing
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Ilpili, 2015, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in