Artists presenting works for auction at Art of Music 2018 are Ben Quilty, Guy Maestri, Holly Greenwood, Joshua Yeldham, Laura Jones, Leila Jeffreys, Lucy Culliton, Luke Sciberras, Nicholas Harding and Yvette Coppersmith.

Artworks will be displayed below once completed.


Song inspiration:  FIREWOOD AND CANDLES by Paul Kelly


Study of Paul Kelly

Oil on linen

77 x 66cm

Ben Quilty was born in Sydney in 1973 currently lives and works in Robertson, NSW.  Ben was a finalist in the 2006 Archibald Prize for his portrait of artist Adam Cullen. He was a finalist in the 2004 Archibald and Wynne Prizes and in 2005 was an Archibald finalist with his portrait of Beryl Whitely, mother of the late Brett Whitely and founder and patron of the Brett Whitely Travelling Art Scholarship, which Quilty won in 2002.

Ben has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia as well as completing residencies in Hill End, Sydney, Melbourne, Paris and Barcelona. In 2009 Ben was awarded the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, in 2011 won the Archibald Prize for his portrait of Margaret Olley, in 2012 was a finalist in the Archibald Prize and in 2014 was awarded the Prudential Eye Award (both overall & painting) in Singapore.



Song inspiration: BLOOD LETTER by Marlon Williams & Delaney Davidson

Guy Maestri completed B.F.A Honours Painting at National Art School, Sydney in 2002.  His collections include National Portrait Gallery, Macquarie Bank and Parliament House.  Since 2001 Guy has had regular solo and group exhibitions including the Brett Whitely Traveling Art Scholarship in 2002, 2003 and 2004 with Highly Commended in 2002, the Dobell Prize for Drawing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2007 & 2008, the Paddington Art Prize, the Melbourne Art Fair, the Mosman Art Prize and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.  

In 2009, Guy was the winner of the Archibald Prize and in 2011 the winner of Commendation Prize, Mosman Art Prize.  In 2012 Guy was a finalist in the Wynne Art Prize and Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and a winner of the COFA Print Making Award (Paddington Art Prize).  In 2013 Guy was a finalist in the Wynne Art Prize and winner of the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW Parliament House.  In 2014 Guy was a finalist in the Wynne Art Prize and winner of the Kings School Art Prize.



Song inspiration:  DON'T LET THE KIDS WIN by Julia Jacklin

Holly Greenwood studied art at COFA (now UNSW Art & Design) before moving on to her own approach.  Holly's work is diverse and her latest exhibition 'Bush to Pub' was fuelled by a road trip around Australia.  'Bush to Pub' is showing at Saint Cloche gallery in Sydney from 21 June. Holly's work is drawn from old pubs, washed out interiors & broken tiles and includes landscapes from Broken Hill to the majestic Flinders Ranges.  Holly was a finalist in the Brett Whitely Travelling Art Scholarship 2017.


Song inspiration:  WE GON' BOOGALOO by C.W. Stoneking

We Gon' Boogaloo


Acrylic on carved linen paper

210 x 210cm

Joshua Yeldham was born in Sydney in 1970.  Joshua completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, USA.  Drawing from a reverential  love of nature and deep spiritual affiliation with the land, Joshua creates intricately rendered works that oscillate between narrative and myth, imagination and real experience.

Joshua has held numerous group and solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong and has exhibited in prizes such as Mosman Art Prize (2003, 2005), Sulman Prize (2006), Wynne Prize (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017) and the Archibald Prize (2013).



Song inspiration:  IN THE AIR, by DMA'S

In The Air

152 x 122cm

Oil on linen

Born in Sydney in 1982, Laura completed a Master of Art, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW in 2006 and a Bachelor of Arts Asian Studies, University of Sydney in 2003.  Laura's group exhibitions include; Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Olsen Irwin Gallery, Carriageworks; NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW Parliament; Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Moran House; Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Brett Whiteley Studio and; The Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery.  Laura has held numerous solo exhibitions since 2011 with her latest being 'Wildflower' at Olsen Irwin Gallery in 2016.

Laura's residencies include Printmaking at Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Skopelos Island, Greece and Drawing Marathon, New York Studio School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, New York, USA.  In 2007 Laura was awarded The Young Emerging Artists' Award, Mosman Art Prize and since then has been a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize, Bertt Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Salon des Refuses, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize and the Kogarah Art Prize.  



Song inspiration:  FRANTIC ROMANTIC by The Scientists

Frantic Romantic

Fuelled by a fascination with the natural world, Leila Jeffreys sees and senses the lives of birds around her.  With each work, Leila immerses herself into the birds' world and uses classical portraiture artistry to show the viewer a disparate and entrancing world.  

Leila launched her sixth solo exhibition at Olsen Gruin Gallery, New York in 2017.  This followed a succession of major exhibitions featuring her signature large format portraits of birds that includes budgerigars, cockatoos and birds of prey.  Leila has been an exhibiting artist with Olsen Gallery since 2012, her works are found nationally and internationally.  Leila has published a major illustrated art  book entitled Birdland which was launched at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.


lucy culliton

Song inspiration:  THE DOGS by The Fumes


The Dogs

Oil on canvas

110 x 95cm

Born in Sydney in 1966, Lucy Culliton worked first as a graphic designer before graduating with a Diploma of Fine Arts from the National Art School, Sydney in 1996. Lucy is a highly accomplished painter and her sophisticated use of texture and colour renders her subjects with a sensory potency that brings a sense of appreciation to even the most modest of subjects. 

Lucy has held eight solo exhibitions and has been awarded several prizes for her work, including the Portia Geach Memorial Art Prize in 2006 and the Mosman Art Prize for Painting in 2000. She has been a finalist in the Archibald, the Sulman and the Wynne prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW and the Dobell Prize. Her work is represented in  collections of the National Gallery of Australia and Parliament House, Canberra, as well as many private collections.  Lucy lives and works in Bibbenluke, NSW.  

luke sciberras

Song inspiration:  WHEN THE RIVER RUNS DRY by Hunters & Collectors



When The River Runs Dry

Luke Sciberras was born in 1975 in Sydney and now lives and works in Hill End, NSW.  Luke has held many successful exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne. His work is predominately focused on landscape.  Sciberras travels regularly into the Australian landscape harvesting his abstracted images from the Tanami desert in the northern territory, to the Flinders ranges of South Australia and throughout outback New South Wales.  He carries on the enduring Australian tradition of landscape painting and enjoys the support, friendship and encouragement from his mentors such as John Olsen and Elisabeth Cummings. The paintings, drawings and prints of Luke Sciberras feature widely in private, corporate and public collections around Australia.  



Inspiration:  PRIVATE UNIVERSE by Crowded House

Nicholas Harding was born in 1956 in the UK, and came to Australia in 1965.  Nicholas has been an Archibald finalist every year from 1994-2009 and he won it in 2001 with a painting of actor John Bell as King Lear. He was commended in 1998 for his portrait of Margaret Olley and Highly Commended for his portrait of Bob Dickerson, ‘Bob’s Daily Swim’ which won the People’s Choice Award in 2005. Since 1981,

Nicholas has been included in numerous group shows, including the Dobell Drawing Prize (winning in 2001), the Wynne and Sulman Prizes, the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the Kedumba Drawing Award (joint winner in 1994). He has exhibited in London and has had regular solo exhibitions in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. He received a Centenary Medal for Services to Australian Art in 2003 and won the Kilgour Prize in 2006.



Song inspiration:  HEAVEN (MUST BE THERE) by Eurogliders

Heaven (Must Be There)

Yvette Coppersmith was born in Melbourne in 1980.  She completed a degree in Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001.  Yvette has exhibition for over 10 years in Sydney and Melbourne and has held solo exhibitions at Metro Gallery, Chalk Horse Gallery and Linden St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Art.  

Yvette has been a finalist in prizes such as the Archibald Prize (2008, 2009, 2016, 2017), the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2002, 2006, 2007) and the Metro 5 Art Award where she was the inaugural winner in 2003.  Her works are held in a number of public and private collections including the Supreme Court of Victoria and Holding Redlich Lawyers.  Yvette recently won the 2018 Archibald prize for her self portrait, after George Lambert.