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An Art Life
by Louise Martin-Chew

This is a beautifully composed, intimate first-person account of the artistic practice of Badtjala artist, Fiona FOley. Each chapter meanders and unfolds taking us on a vivid journey to place - Kgari - combined with encounters and conversations with the artist, her family and affilliates. Carefully configured and tenderly composed, each chapter has it's own rhythm and title extrapolating on how ärt"and "life"intersect.

First edition, 2021, card-cover, 236pages, BW and colour photos


Etching Past & Present
Paul Bong, Yidinji Artist
by Paul Bong (
edited by louise Martin-Chew and Mathew Wengart)

Paul Bong is a north Queensland artist who uses traditonal European printmaking techniques, such as inaglio etching and mezzotint, to create modern artworks that are derived from personal interpretations of countless centurrs of Aboriginal history and storytelling. Meticulous attention to detail and hard physical work combine to give form to Paul's cultural visiton, which is both delicate and strong, contemporary and timeless.

First edition 2022, cardcover, 88pages, fully illustrated in colour and BW. ISBN 978-0-6489051-3-4


Joe Rootsey
Queensland Aboriginal Painter 1918-63
by Bruce McLean

Joe Rootsey is recognised as one of Queenslands first contemporary Aboriginal artists. He came from the remote regioon of Barrow Point north of Cooktown in far north Queensland. While in hospital in Cairns in 1954 he was sketching on rough pieces of paper. He then moved onto water colours on paper and produced an important body of work. This books marks the retrospective exhibition held at tjhe Queensland Art Gallery in 2010, that gave him long overdue recognition of the importance of his work.

First edition, 2010, card-cover, 78pages, fully illustrated in colour & BW, ISBN 978-1-921503-146


The Art and Life of Ron Hurley 1946-2002
by Bruce McLean

This is an important art catalogue produced to commemorate the retrospective exhibtion of Ron Hurley's art, held at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane in 2009. Ron was born in Brisbane in 1946 and became one of Queensland's most importnt Indigenous artists. His long involvement with the arts and community activism spanned many decades.

First edition 2009, cardcover, 76 pages, fully illustrated in colour and BW. ISBN 978-1-921503-06-1


Ryan Preseley - Prosperity
Edited by Madeleine King with contributors; TIna Baum, Daniel Browning, Suvendrini Perera and Ryan Presley

This book presents selected works from Presley’s acclaimed Blood Money series, which presents the heroes and warriors of Indigenous history as figureheads on Australian banknotes, alongside documentation of the recent Prosperity exhibition at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane. This hardcover book, edited by Madeleine King, features a chapter by Ryan Presley on the history of the Australian colony’s first currency, the holey dollar, alongside contributions by Tina Baum, Daniel Browning, and Suvendrini Perera that explore different manifestations of currency as a tool of the colonial project.

First edition, 2018, hard-cover, 128 pages, fully illustrated in colour, ISBN 978-0-6480181-1-7


The History of the Campfire Group
by Michael Eather

This book brings together the stories and ideas of many artists that have been part of the Campfire Group, an artist collective based in Brisbane. This publication covers many of the Campfire Groups innovations and experiments, political commentary, its creative idealism and artistic opportunism. It embraces numerous places and tales, the shared experiences of dozens of artists and scores of other folk who are part of this important arts industry story.

First edition 2005, cardcover, 126pages, fully illustrated with colour photos.
ISBN 1-8757925-3-8


South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp 2015
by Michael Aird and Jo-Anne Driessens

My Story is the story of how true collaboration can draw out the core of what it takes to be an artist. The South Stradbroke artists camp has created and opportunity for artists to share their ideas, and explore new and exciting methods of artistic expression. The 2015 camp was led by Fiona Foley, offering a creative exchange through intense workshops and shared conversations. During their time on the island, this process revealed the complex intimate experiences of each person's art journey and uncovered family links and connections to the island.

First edition, 2015, card-cover, 32 pages, fully illustrated in colour, ISBN 1-74057-048-0


Contemporary Iranian Photography
by Mandana Mapar and Hamid Severi

In Ey! Iran, social realities of hope, temptation, nostalgia and introspection are captured through the Persian lens. The exhibition depicts a culture surprisingly familiar to ours - narratives of family life, suburban sprawl and poignant observations on a country immersed in longstanding customs and traditions. The artists take on issues of identity, gender and social restrictions and by doing so capture a side of Iran which is often contrary to that presented by the Pentagon and the western media. Catalogue of exhibition held at the Gold Coast City Art Gallery in 2006. Artists include; Dadbeh Bassir, Shadi Ghadirian, Amirali Ghasemi, Mohammad Ghazali, Arash Hanaei, Ghazale Hedayat, Peyman Houshmandzadeh, Bahman Jalali, Hana Mirjanian, Reza Paydari, Leila Pazooki, Sadegh Tirafkan, Hamila Vakili, Hossein & Angela Valamanesh and Mohsen Yazdipour.

First edition, 2006, card cover, 28pages, fully illustrated in colour. ISBN 0-9775023-1-7


Sydney's Northern Beaches
by John Ogden

Saltwater People of the Broken Bays explores the incredible history and natural beauty of the coastline between North Head and Barrenjoey. These golden beaches found along this coastline were the birthplace of Australian beach culture. Manly Beach and neighbouring Freshwater are the home to where beach bathing, surf life saving and board-riding all began in this country. What is not so well known is the strong link to the ocean of the Aboriginal clans who enjoyed a highly sustainable lifestyle along this coastline for tens of thousands of years before the arrival of the Europeans. The book reveals the spirit of the northern beaches through the lens of history, and explores our relationship with that energized zone where the ocean meets the shore. This book will raise awareness about the need to preserve threatened rock art, and champions the construction of a permanent site on the northern beaches acknowledging the first people.

First edition, 2011, hard-cover with dust jacket, 316 pages, fully illustrated in colour and B&W, ISBN 978-0-9805619-1-3


Sydney's Southern Beaches
by John Ogden

Saltwater People of the Fatal Shore is a detailed history of that beautiful stretch of Sydney's coastline between South Head and Royal National Park.This coastline features world renown beaches such as Bondi, Maroubra and Cronulla, as well as places of great historical interest. Botany Bay was where James Cook first made landfall on the east coast of Australia and made claim to the continent. It was also were the First Fleet arrived with its human cargo. Before these events it was home to the Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years. It is not just surfers that are attracted to this zone. Sydney’s magnificent beaches have produced some truly unique individuals and some incredible stories. They are home of the world’s most recognized painters, potters, writers, poets, photographers, film-makers, musicians and architects. This book pays homage to those remarkable people who have made this coastline home. The many beautiful photographs found in the book include work by Harold Cazneaux, Max Dupain, David Moore, Frank Hurley, Jack Eden, Bob Weeks, Peter Solness, Bill Morris, Brad Malyon and many other great contemporary photographers.

First edition, 2012, hard-cover with dust jacket, 335 pages, fully illustrated in colour and B&W. ISBN 978-0-9805619-2-0


Richard Bell - Positivity
edited by Robert Leonard

A collection of writings surrounding one of Australia’s seminal Indigenous artists who’s work continues to influence art in Australia and internationally. WIth contributions by Robert Leonard, Gary Foley, Morgan Thomas, Rex Butler, Franca Tomisari, Richard Bell, George Petelin, Nicholas Thomas, Michael Eather, Jane Rankin-Reid, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Fiona Nicole and Archie Moore.

New edition, 2007, card cover, 88 pages, fully illustrated in colour. ISBN 9781875792597


Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest
Queensland Art Gallery

This art catalogue accompanies the Story Place exhibition held at the Queensland Art Gallery in 2003. For the first time in one book, the art and culture of Cape York is presented through a series of essays, interviews and artist and community profiles. This book is fully illustrated with over 200 photographs, it features the art work, the people and the environments of Cape York. Contributing authors include: Lindy Allen, David Burnett, Sally Butler, Peter Denham, Julie Ewington, Barry Hunter, Trish Johnson, Djon Mundine, Avril Quail, Lynne Seear and Peter Sutton

First edition, 2003, cardcover, 240 pages, Colour and B&W photographs on art paper, map, ISBN 1-876509-678


photography by Shelli Bankier

Shelli Bankiers photographic work of the Ocean steps away from commercial surf photography. She manages to apture those beautiful moments that we experience out in the ocean, those moments that give peace to your heart and beauty to your soul. Shelli has always felt a strong affinity and passionate love for the Ocean, of the beauty and freedom that the Ocean so inspires. This beautiful photographic art book features waves, forms and ocean moments from Australia, Hawaii, Tahiti and more, with unique and original photography, art elements and writing, by Shelli Bankier.

First edition, 2012, hard cover, 204 pages, large format, fully illustrated in colour and B&W on art paper. ISBN 978-0-646-58606-9


by Michael Aird and Mandana Mapar

The stories in this book reflect on the tangible, core themes of connection to family and to country. They also acknowledge the unique techniques used to craftsome of the artefacts and signpost historical and political milestones in Queensland Indigenous history. In our own way, each of us gathers mementos and keepsakes around us as we remember our past and look towards the future. Our collective stories and memories guide us to tell our own personal narratives with strength and conviction.

First edition, 2015, card-cover, 32 pages, fully illustrated in colour, ISBN 9780987268167


The content of these paintings is a secret, known only to the people of Surfers Paradise
edited by Brett Adlington

This book was launched to celebrate a major exhibition by successful Anglo-Australian artist, Scott Redford. The works reflect Scott's life-long love affair with his home town, the Gold Coast. His work is represented in most major Australian public collections. The essays give an insight into his art practice and focus on his newer work. This fully illustrated book is recommended for anyone interested in contemporary Australian art. The book features over 200 images of paintings, sculpture, installations, video-clips and photographs. New reprinted edition with modifications directed by the artist.
New edition, 2006, card cover, 160 pages, fully illustrated in colour. ISBN 1-9577801-8-4


Barcaldine Artists
by Tom Lockie & Jo Martin

Vast open grasslands, desert ochres, red ironstone rock and deep freshwater running beneath it all. This stunning landscape inspired Artesian Country, a book of works by 12 local artists from the Barcaldine, Aramac and Jericho region of central western Queensland. Accompanied by audio tracks which feature the rugged outback voice of Barcaldine local larrikin, Tom Lockie, this exhibition catalogue brings to life different personal responses to the unique landscapes, people and places these non-Aboriginal artists call home. Encompassing varying forms of painting, photography and sculpture, Artesian Country is a community-developed exhibition that shares multiple perspectives of a beautiful region.

First edition, 2008, cardcover, 64pages, fully illustrated in colour on art paper, with audio CD. ISBN 978-1-921555-03-9



Limited edition Sotheby's auction catalogue of 490 copies. Many of the artifacts in this Queensland collection have not been illustrated elsewhere. Numerous unique specimens are shown for the first time. Each artifact includes provenance, most with precise point of field collection. Hardcover in dust jacket, 120 pages with 167 pieces illustrated in colour with two maps.
ISBN 0 646 12382 3


by William C. Ketchum Jr.

This beautifully illustrated book features the rich artisitic heritage of Native Americans from centuries past to the present day. The broad range of artisitic styles in this book include;ceramics, basketry, beadwork and jewelry, pottery, textiles, dolls and toys, sculpture and clothing. Featured are over 100 colour photographs of rare museum objects through to a broad range of contemporary artworks.
First edition 1997, hardcase cover with dustjacket, 128pages, colour photos
(limited stock) ISBN 0-7651-9225-X


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