Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.
— Exhibition Note
2019 marks the 35th year since the gallery opened, on the 11th of September 1984.
The first shows were group exhibitions consisting mostly of work from Charles’ personal collection: Australian 20th Century Prints, Drawings and Watercolours; Mid 20th Century Australian Figurative Paintings; 20 Paintings from the 1960s; and Paintings and works on paper by Peter Upward and John Olsen. These were soon followed by solo exhibitions of artists including John Peart, Peter Kaiser and Royston Harpur in 1985, David Aspden, George Johnson, Mary Macqueen and Gareth Sansom in 1986, and David Rankin, Ron Robertson-Swann, Mike Brown and James Meldrum in 1987. In 1988 the gallery relocated over the road to 267 Church Street.
Throughout the years the gallery has handled work by a wide variety of artists – from the drawings of Russell Drysdale and Mary Macqueen to the reductive abstraction of Julie Irving and Trevor Vickers; and from the potent figuration of Paula Rego to the painterly abstraction of Jules Olistki and John Hoyland. Initiatives and arrangements with different artists have taken many different shapes over the years and we continue to look beyond our stable for interesting work and potential projects. Inevitably, over the years some relationships have shifted from one with the artist, to one with the artist’s descendants or beneficiaries: most recently we’ve marked the passing of Syd Ball, Ti Parks, John Peart and Norma Redpath.
Today, we acknowledge and thank all the artists and beneficiaries with whom we currently have a working relationship, as well as our loyal clients and supporters, and hope that these may continue into the future. Also, we take the opportunity to acknowledge the increasing responsibilities that Kate Nodrum has taken up in the running of the gallery in recent years.