High profile gallerists Sophie Gannon (Melbourne) and Jan Murphy (Brisbane) have been friends for over 15 years, and between them have over 30 years experience working in the commercial art world. Last year, the pair co-founded Contemporary Editions, which publishes limited edition fine art reproductions of works by some of Australia’s best known contemporary artists.
Since launching, the Sophie and Jan have released 19 new editions with a host of talented and collectible Australian artists. PRETTY impressive for 18 months in business!
Recently, Contemporary Editions have also started working with designers and architects to produce customised editions for residential developments and hospitality projects. ‘Every project is unique, and we work with artists to respond to our clients’ brief that are relevant to their project, concept and budget’ Sophie explains. From this project work, Sophie and Jan quickly realised there was an opportunity to invite collaborators to their artists’ studios to produce an edition. This is how ‘In the studio’ came about.
‘The premise is that we invite designers and other creatives into the artist’s studios, and together the artist and designer choose a work for Contemporary Editions to reproduce’ Sophie explains. ‘Everyone is fascinated about artistic processes, and who doesn’t want to poke around an artist’s studio? We see the series as a chance for creative people from different disciplines to have a conversation about their practice.’
This month, Contemporary Editions offers two new ‘In the studio’ editions, in collaboration with two of Melbourne’s best known interior designers. Hamish Guthrie of Hecker Guthrie pairs up with artist and long-time friend Sally Ross, offering up one of Sally’s distinctive lush, landscape works in an edition of 25, whilst David Flack of Flack Studio pairs with artist John Nicholson, who created a bold new work based on his ongoing investigation into vanishing points.
‘We see this project as a marrying of interior design and architecture with contemporary Australian art – facilitating a dialogue between creative industries’ says Sophie Gannon.
All Contemporary Editions prints are created in editions of 25, priced at $1,100 each. They are sold online exclusively.