Australian Paintings from the James and Jacqui Erskine Collection
James Erskine is best known as Chairman of Sports & Entertainment Ltd, an agency which manages international celebrities and superstars of the sporting and entertainment worlds. He is less well known for being an outstanding collector of contemporary art. He has an eye for superlative works, not always by highly publicized names and sometimes acquired well before the artist has achieved just recognition in the art market.
This exhibition features a selection of Australian paintings from the James and Jacqui Erskine collection which testifies to a breadth of knowledge and confidence of judgement. It includes paintings by: Rick Amor, Paddy Bedford, Brian Blanchflower, Kevin Connor, Virginia Coventry, Joe Furlonger, Steven Harvey, Emily Kngwarreye, Ildiko Kovacs, Kevin Lincoln, Allan Mitelman, John Olsen, Lloyd Rees, David Serisier, Peter Sharp, George Tjungurrayi, Aida Tomescu, Tony Tuckson, Savandhary Vongpoothorn, Dick Watkins, Ken Whisson, Karl Wiebke, Prince of Wales and others.
James Erskine has always had a fascination with art and began collecting at an early age, receiving an artwork by L. S. Lowry on his 21st birthday. This sparked an ongoing interest and James Erskine has since amassed a collection of many works by adhering to his motto ‘that at the end of the day you have to pick what you like yourself… what gives you satisfaction’.
In 2003 James Erskine established the Liverpool Street Gallery in Sydney in order to increase his engagement with and commitment to living artists. Erskine states that his greatest wish is to ‘… give a bit back, so that future generations can see and experience some of the magic, and will leave a gallery or museum happier than when they went in. If I can help that happen for some others, then I’ve done my bit’.
Contact Tony Oates for images and to arrange interviews: 02 6125 5832 or Anthony.Oates@anu.edu.au