JAMES MAKIN GALLERY

JAMES MAKIN GALLERY Contemporary fine art gallery, established in 2003.
89 Islington Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Aus. Exhibiting contemporary Australian Art.
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“Having always been drawn to the luscious drapery found in Renaissance art, I‘m interested in how this drapery can feel ...
18/04/2024

“Having always been drawn to the luscious drapery found in Renaissance art, I‘m interested in how this drapery can feel as critical to the artworks as the human figures themselves. With this in mind, when painting this body of work I was less interested in depicting precise moments in time. Instead the paintings intend to speak to intimacy and the passage of time in the draping, translucent fabrics and bold, striped cloth.” - Caroline Walls

Caroline Walls: Touching From a Distance⁠
Until 21 April⁠

Head to the link in our bio to view online, or to request a catalogue preview, please DM or email [email protected].⁠


Image: Caroline Walls in the studio
Credit: Jessica Tremp

UP NEXT. Jeff Makin: The Glen Harrow Paintings27 April - 12 MayOpening Event Saturday 27 April 2-4PMTo request a catalog...
14/04/2024

UP NEXT. Jeff Makin: The Glen Harrow Paintings
27 April - 12 May
Opening Event Saturday 27 April 2-4PM

To request a catalogue preview, please DM or email [email protected]

Image: Jeff Makin. Glen Harrow Autumn No. 3, 1992. oil on linen. 76.5 x 61 cm.

Draped, veil-like fabric is omnipresent in Caroline Walls’ paintings. This is not a tool of concealment, but rather a st...
13/04/2024

Draped, veil-like fabric is omnipresent in Caroline Walls’ paintings. This is not a tool of concealment, but rather a stand-in for the human form, divorcing the figurative aspects of the work from personal specificity and allowing her subjects to be perceived through a broader concept of intimacy. Voluptuous and billowing fabric implies or reveals small glimpses of the feminine form, conveying the sensations of a lived experience – a remembered past or a fleeting moment in time. Touching From a Distance speaks to the enfolded, intertwined nature of intimacy and relationships. Striped fabric gives graphic cartographic rhythm to Walls’ alluring emotional landscapes.

Caroline Walls: Touching From a Distance
Until 21 April

Follow the link below to view online, or to request a catalogue preview, please DM or email [email protected].⁠


Image: Installation view. Caroline Walls, Touching From a Distance⁠
Credit: Ivana Smiljanic⁠


https://jamesmakingallery.com/exhibitions/caroline-walls-the-space-inside/

Continuing in the gallery this weekend is Caroline Wall's debut exhibition with James Makin Gallery, Touching From a Dis...
12/04/2024

Continuing in the gallery this weekend is Caroline Wall's debut exhibition with James Makin Gallery, Touching From a Distance. Visit this Saturday and Sunday 12-5PM, or online (link in bio).

Walls’ latest body of work is a meditation on emotional intimacy and love in all its guises. This series of bold, unapologetic paintings give voice to potent themes frequented by the artist: human connection, love and the guarded inner psyche.

Touching from a distance runs until 21t April.

To request a catalogue preview, please DM or email [email protected].⁠


Image: Installation view. Caroline Walls, Touching From a Distance.⁠
Credit: Ivana Smiljanic

We're pleased to share with you 's feature of Caroline Walls and her current exhibition, Touching From a Distance! Head ...
11/04/2024

We're pleased to share with you 's feature of Caroline Walls and her current exhibition, Touching From a Distance! Head to the link in our bio to read!

Touching from a distance runs until 21 April.

Images courtesy of Sight Unseen
Words: Deborah Shapiro
Photography: Lillie Thompson
Styling: Nat Turnbull

It is with great excitement that we congratulate J Davies, who has been announced as a finalist in the National Photogra...
10/04/2024

It is with great excitement that we congratulate J Davies, who has been announced as a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize!

One of Australia's most prestigious photography prizes and entering its 17th year, the National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP) provides a powerful visual record of the year that was – a celebration of identity, both collective and individual. View the finalist exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 22 June - 22 September.

To enquire about available works by J Davies, please DM or email [email protected].

Image: Portrait of J Davies by Jacinta Oaten.

Join us in in the gallery today from 2-4PM as we celebrate the opening of Caroline Walls' Touching From a Distance. All ...
05/04/2024

Join us in in the gallery today from 2-4PM as we celebrate the opening of Caroline Walls' Touching From a Distance. All welcome. ⁠🥂

Touching From a Distance is the Caroline Walls' first major exhibition with the gallery since her signing in December last year. Spanning both exhibition spaces at our Collingwood gallery, this is also the artist’s biggest exhibition to date and introduces intimate figurative elements to her abstracted, draped fabric scenes. This is an exhibition steeped in romance and intimacy.⁠

To request a catalogue preview, please DM or email [email protected].⁠



Image: Installation view. Caroline Walls, Touching From a Distance
Credit: Ivana Smiljanic

Please join us in the gallery tomorrow, Saturday 6 April from 2-4PM as we celebrate the opening of Caroline Walls' Touch...
05/04/2024

Please join us in the gallery tomorrow, Saturday 6 April from 2-4PM as we celebrate the opening of Caroline Walls' Touching From a Distance. ⁠

Touching From a Distance is the Caroline Walls' first major exhibition with the gallery since her signing in December last year. Spanning both exhibition spaces at our Collingwood gallery, this is also the artist’s biggest exhibition to date and introduces intimate figurative elements to her abstracted, draped fabric scenes. This is an exhibition steeped in romance and intimacy.⁠

To request a catalogue preview, please DM or email [email protected].⁠


Image: Caroline Walls. The Clock Sighs, 2024. oil on linen. 110 x 100 cm.

The emotional worlds constructed in Caroline Walls' paintings are ones of female identity, female intimacy and the dicho...
04/04/2024

The emotional worlds constructed in Caroline Walls' paintings are ones of female identity, female intimacy and the dichotomy of the public and private selves. With their various degrees of concealment and revelation, there is an implicit sensuality to her paintings. However, this is not a performance of subjectivity, but rather something that the viewer feels to happen upon. There is a sense of bearing witness to something hidden and fundamentally intimate – a feeling, or a moment, that we touch from a distance.⁠

Caroline Walls' major solo exhibition Touching From a Distance will run from 6-21 April, with opening celebrations held this Saturday 6 April 2-4PM - all welcome!

To request a catalogue preview, please DM or email [email protected].⁠


Image: Installation view. Caroline Walls, Touching From a Distance.
Credit: Ivana Smiljanic

Please join us in the gallery this Saturday 6 April from 2-4PM as we celebrate the opening of Caroline Walls' Touching F...
03/04/2024

Please join us in the gallery this Saturday 6 April from 2-4PM as we celebrate the opening of Caroline Walls' Touching From a Distance.

To request a catalogue preview, please DM or email [email protected].⁠


Image: Caroline Walls. The Space Inside Ourselves (detail), 2024. oil on linen. 180 x 140 cm.

Please join us in the gallery this Saturday 6 April from 2-4PM as we celebrate the opening of Caroline Walls' Touching F...
02/04/2024

Please join us in the gallery this Saturday 6 April from 2-4PM as we celebrate the opening of Caroline Walls' Touching From a Distance. This is the artist’s first major exhibition with the gallery since her signing in December last year.

The emotional worlds constructed in Caroline Walls' paintings are ones of female identity, female intimacy and the dichotomy of the public and private selves. With their various degrees of concealment and revelation, there is an implicit sensuality to her paintings. However, this is not a performance of subjectivity, but rather something that the viewer feels to happen upon. There is a sense of bearing witness to something hidden and fundamentally intimate – a feeling, or a moment, that we touch from a distance.

Touching From a Distance will run from 6-21 April, with opening celebrations held on Saturday 6 April 2-4PM.⁠

To request a catalogue preview, please DM or email [email protected].⁠


Image: Caroline Walls. Oh, Sister, 2024. oil on linen. 80 x 90 cm.

We are pleased to announce a major survey exhibition by Braddon Snape, opening at Singleton Arts and Cultural Centre thi...
29/03/2024

We are pleased to announce a major survey exhibition by Braddon Snape, opening at Singleton Arts and Cultural Centre this April.

A Decade of Inflation surveys the three-dimensional artworks created by Dr Braddon Snape over the last ten years, from his early experiments with the inflated steel process through different phases of development to his most recent work, which introduces light as an important new material.

A Decade of Inflation will run from 13 April – 26 May, with an opening event held 12 April.

To enquire about available works by Braddon Snape, please DM or email [email protected]

Please be advised of our Easter opening hours. The gallery will be open tomorrow 28 March, before closing for the long w...
27/03/2024

Please be advised of our Easter opening hours. The gallery will be open tomorrow 28 March, before closing for the long weekend Friday-Sunday.

We will re-open with our usual hours next week, Thursday-Sunday 12-5PM.

Please join us tomorrow from 2-4PM for the screening of J Davies' video work, The Future Feels Familiar. Running for 20 ...
22/03/2024

Please join us tomorrow from 2-4PM for the screening of J Davies' video work, The Future Feels Familiar. Running for 20 mins and accompanied by an intimate slide show of never-before seen images from the artist’s archive spanning 2018-2023. The Future Feels Familiar explores life cycles, life circles, and the ways in which the artist perceives patterns and links both consciously and subconsciously. ⁠

Also on display and available for purchase during this event are books, zines and postcards by the artist, including Half My Whole Life Was a Dream, J’s debut book published in 2022 by Pure Nowhere.⁠

Please note this screening is not suitable for audiences under 18 years.⁠


⁠Image: J Davies. The Future Feels Familiar (still), 2024. Video. 20 mins.

It's the final days of Lisa Tomasetti's Manifest, exhibiting as a part of PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photograp...
22/03/2024

It's the final days of Lisa Tomasetti's Manifest, exhibiting as a part of PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography. Closing this Sunday 24 March, catch it before it closes in the gallery and online (link in bio).

To request a PDF catalogue preview please DM or email [email protected]


⁠Image: Installation view. Lisa Tomasetti: Manifest⁠
Credit: Ivana Smiljanic

Fresh from the artist’s studio, we are pleased to offer an online release of new works by Ara Dolatian. This small suite...
21/03/2024

Fresh from the artist’s studio, we are pleased to offer an online release of new works by Ara Dolatian.

This small suite of golden-clad figures speaks to the ambiguous deities of Mesopotamian myths, artefacts and legends. It is a continuation of the artist’s ongoing examination of the cultural ecologies surrounding the histories of present, lost and stolen Mesopotamian artefacts. Rather than replicating this fractured past, the artist draws inspiration from it to create new, fictionalised deities with eccentric forms inspired by the past, from the lens of the present day impetus to investigate what has been lost, what remains and what can be discovered.

These works, as their titles suggest, build a poetic relationship between the present and the millennia-old Mesopotamian culture of the Middle-East.

To request a PDF catalogue please DM or email [email protected]

Ara Dolatian. Poet 2, 2024. earthenware and glaze. 25 x 13 x 7 cm (each).

Please join us this Saturday from 2-4PM for the screening of J Davies' video work, The Future Feels Familiar. Running fo...
20/03/2024

Please join us this Saturday from 2-4PM for the screening of J Davies' video work, The Future Feels Familiar. Running for 20 mins and accompanied by an intimate slide show of never-before seen images from the artist’s archive spanning 2018-2023. The Future Feels Familiar explores life cycles, life circles, and the ways in which the artist perceives patterns and links both consciously and subconsciously. ⁠

Also on display and available for purchase during this event are books, zines and postcards by the artist, including Half My Whole Life Was a Dream, J’s debut book published in 2022 by Pure Nowhere.⁠

This event is a part of PHOTO 2024's Photobook Weekend official programming.⁠

This event runs concurrent to J Davies exhibition, In Case We Don’t Live Forever, showing until 24 March.⁠

Please note this screening is not suitable for audiences under 18 years.⁠




1. J Davies. The Future Feels Familiar (still), 2023. Video. 20 mins.
2. Courtesy of J Davies.

Theorist Sara Ahmed observes that notions of happiness and a happy future follow a cultural script, and that this script...
18/03/2024

Theorist Sara Ahmed observes that notions of happiness and a happy future follow a cultural script, and that this script has pervasively preferenced heteronormative and cis-normative models of family, marriage, and all that goes with it. J Davies' work is a powerful interruption of this. Through their photographic archives they present a new script: “The futurity of happiness, how happiness offers us a promise, which we glimpse in the unfolding present” (Ahmed, 2010).

In Case We Don’t Live Forever is an alternative proposition for q***r futures, one born from joy, relationships, intimacy and ecstasy.

J Davies: In Case We Don’t Live Forever⁠
PHOTO 2024 Official Exhibition⁠
1-24 March⁠


Image: J Davies. Lucy in Budapest Baths (Edition of 5 + 1AP), 2023. archival pigment prints to 310gsm 100% cotton rag. 146 x 105 cm.

Through the constancy and indifference of clouds, Lisa Tomasetti responds to historic, costumed representations of ‘auth...
17/03/2024

Through the constancy and indifference of clouds, Lisa Tomasetti responds to historic, costumed representations of ‘authentic’ gender. In the past, the ephemeral nature of clouds defied scientific classification. Artists saw them as anti-structure, anti-order and representative of the complexity of human mood or aspiration. Clouds were the transportation of gods and angels, signifying the intermediate world between the hidden and the visible.

Lisa Tomasetti: Manifest⁠
PHOTO 2024 Official Exhibition⁠
1-24 March⁠

View Lisa Tomasetti's current exhibition, Manifest in the gallery or online via the link in our bio.⁠

To request a PDF catalogue preview please DM or email [email protected]


⁠Image: Lisa Tomasetti. Back Before Memory (edition of 5 + 1AP), 2023. pigment print on archival paper. 120 x 100 cm.

Next weekend, as a part of PHOTO 2024's Photobook Weekend we are proud to present a video screening and book display by ...
16/03/2024

Next weekend, as a part of PHOTO 2024's Photobook Weekend we are proud to present a video screening and book display by J Davies.⁠

From 2-4PM next Saturday 23 March, please join us for the screening of J Davies' video work, The Future Feels Familiar. Running for 20 mins and accompanied by an intimate slide show of never-before seen images from the artist’s archive spanning 2018-2023. The Future Feels Familiar explores life cycles, life circles, and the ways in which the artist perceives patterns and links both consciously and subconsciously. ⁠

Also on display and available for purchase during this event are books, zines and postcards by the artist, including Half My Whole Life Was a Dream, J’s debut book published in 2022 by Pure Nowhere.⁠

This event runs concurrent to J Davies exhibition, In Case We Don’t Live Forever, which is on display as a part of PHOTO 2024 until 24 March.

Please note this screening is not suitable for audiences under 18 years.⁠

Image: Installation view, J Davies: In Case We Don't Live Forever.
Credit: Ivana Smiljanic

Opening next month, we are thrilled to present Caroline Walls: Touching From a Distance. This is the artist’s first majo...
15/03/2024

Opening next month, we are thrilled to present Caroline Walls: Touching From a Distance. This is the artist’s first major exhibition with the gallery since her signing in December last year. Spanning both exhibition spaces at our Collingwood gallery, this is also the artist's biggest exhibition to date and introduces intimate figurative elements to her abstracted. draped fabric scenes. This is an exhibition steeped in romance and intimacy.

Touching From a Distance will run from 6-21 April, with opening celebrations held on Saturday 6 April 2-4PM.

To request a catalogue preview, please DM or email [email protected].

Artist portrait and studio images by Jessica Tremp.

The word manifest describes what a thing (a boat, a person, a vessel) may hold – its contents. Taking her cue from this ...
14/03/2024

The word manifest describes what a thing (a boat, a person, a vessel) may hold – its contents. Taking her cue from this definition, in her latest body of work Lisa Tomasetti reflects on gender identity and the role contemporary photographic portraiture plays in the representation of the ‘female’ image. Does it capture or construct identity?⁠

Lisa Tomasetti: Manifest⁠
PHOTO 2024 Official Exhibition⁠
1-24 March⁠

View Lisa Tomasetti's current exhibition, Manifest in the gallery or online via the link in our bio.

To request a PDF catalogue preview please DM or email [email protected]


⁠Image: Installation view. Lisa Tomasetti: Manifest
Credit: Ivana Smiljanic

We are delighted to congratulate Emma Coulter and Max Bowden, who have both been named as finalists in the 2024 Bayside ...
14/03/2024

We are delighted to congratulate Emma Coulter and Max Bowden, who have both been named as finalists in the 2024 Bayside Painting Prize! The finalist exhibition will be held at Bayside Gallery from 3 May to 23 June 2024.

Emma Coulter and Max Bowden's finalist works are featured here. To request a catalogue of works by either artist, please DM or email [email protected].

1. Emma Coulter, artist portrait. Credit: Jessica Tremp
2. Emma Coulter. expand and collapse, 2024. synthetic polymer paint on linen.
3. Max Bowden, artist portrait. Credit: Fiona Morrison.
4. Max Bowden. Was nice enough, 2024. oil on linen. 30 x 30 cm.

As a part of Photo 2024 Photobook Weekend we are proud to present a video screening and book display by J Davies.From 2-...
13/03/2024

As a part of Photo 2024 Photobook Weekend we are proud to present a video screening and book display by J Davies.

From 2-4PM Saturday 23 March, please join us for the screening of J Davies video work, The Future Feels Familiar. Running for 20 mins and accompanied by an intimate slide show of never-before seen images from the artist’s archive spanning 2018-2023. The Future Feels Familiar explores life cycles, life circles, and the ways in which the artist perceives patterns and links both consciously and subconsciously.

Also on display and available for purchase during this event are books, zines and postcards by the artist, including Half My Whole Life Was a Dream, J’s debut book published in 2022 by Pure Nowhere.

This event runs concurrent to J Davies exhibition, In Case We Don’t Live Forever, which is on display as a part of PHOTO 2024.

Please note this screening is not suitable for audiences under 18 years.


Image: J Davies. S & S On the Bed (Edition of 5 + 1AP), 2022. archival pigment prints to 310gsm 100% cotton rag. 90 x 120 cm.

J Davies’s work sits firmly within the well-established context of q***r and archivally-focused artists using negative p...
10/03/2024

J Davies’s work sits firmly within the well-established context of q***r and archivally-focused artists using negative positioning as a tool – J thought that they wouldn’t live past 30. In Case We Don’t Live Forever uses that mindset as a springboard to open doors to an alternative view. Their friends, their communities are alive and present in their photographic archive, in defiance of traditional representations – or rather, non-representations – of q***r lives with meaningful futures.

J Davies: In Case We Don’t Live Forever
PHOTO 2024 Official Exhibition
1-24 March


Image: J Davies. In Training (Edition of 5 + 1AP), 2023. archival pigment prints to 310gsm 100% cotton rag. 65 x 64 cm.

** Please note that the gallery will be closed this weekend for the public holiday weekend. **The word manifest describe...
09/03/2024

** Please note that the gallery will be closed this weekend for the public holiday weekend. **

The word manifest describes what a thing ( a boat, a person, a vessel) may hold – its contents. Taking her cue from this definition, in her latest body of work Lisa Tomasetti reflects on gender identity and the role contemporary photographic portraiture plays in the representation of the ‘female’ image. Does it capture or construct identity?

To request a PDF catalogue preview please DM or email [email protected]

Lisa Tomasetti: Manifest
PHOTO 2024 Official Exhibition
1-24 March

⁠Image: Lisa Tomasetti. Luculent (Edition of 5 + 1AP), 2022. pigment print on archival paper. 120 x 100 cm.

** Please note that the gallery will be closed this weekend for the public holiday weekend. **We are thrilled to be pres...
08/03/2024

** Please note that the gallery will be closed this weekend for the public holiday weekend. **

We are thrilled to be presenting two exhibitions as a part of the PHOTO 2024 International Festival of Photography - Lisa Tomasetti: Manifest, and J Davies: In Case We Don't Live Forever.

Our PHOTO 2024 exhibitions run until 24 March. To request PDF catalogues, please DM or email [email protected]


Image credit: Ivana Smiljanic

Thank you to all who helped us celebrate the opening of our PHOTO 2024 exhibitions by Lisa Tomasetti and J Davies. It wa...
03/03/2024

Thank you to all who helped us celebrate the opening of our PHOTO 2024 exhibitions by Lisa Tomasetti and J Davies. It was a wonderful afternoon and we couldn't be more proud to present these outstanding exhibitions to you! A huge congratulations to Lisa and J!

J Davies' Incase We Don't Live Forever and Lisa Tomasetti's Manifest are now open, current until 24 March. Visit in person Thursday to Sunday 12-5PM, or online via the links in our bio.

To request PDF catalogues, please DM or email [email protected]

Please join us tomorrow from 2-4PM as we celebrate the opening of two outstanding exhibitions, presented as a part of PH...
01/03/2024

Please join us tomorrow from 2-4PM as we celebrate the opening of two outstanding exhibitions, presented as a part of PHOTO 2024 -

J Davies: Incase We Don't Live Forever
Lisa Tomasetti: Manifest

Both exhibitions run until 24 March. To request a PDF catalogue for our PHOTO 2024 exhibitions, please DM or email [email protected]

Images: Installation view, J Davies and Lisa Tomasetti.
Credit: Ivana Smiljanic

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