Morpeth Art Gallery is one of the Hunters’ prime destinations. Located in the historical village of Morpeth in the Lower Hunter Valley – just two hours driving time from Sydney- the Morpeth Gallery has an excellent selection of fine traditional Australian landscape and wildlife art.
With an incredible range of artwork by recognised and internationally awarded artists, the art gallery specialises in investment art, assuring you that our pieces will not only enhance your home or office but will also appreciate in value over time.
The Gallery was originally opened by Trevor Richards and has had the privilege to feature works from famous Australian artists from all over the country such as: Ann Morton, Bill Freeman OAM, Brett Jarrett, D’Arcy W Doyle (deceased), Garry Fleming, Gordon Hanley, Heidi Willis, Kevin Best OAM (deceased), Ian Hansen, James Hough, John Bradley, John Cornwell, John McCartin, John Vander, Natalie Jane Parker, Pippa Chapman, Ramon Ward-Thompson, Robyn Collier, Simon Barlow, Stephen Jesic, Werner Filipich,William T Cooper AO (deceased).
Morpeth, founded in 1821 is Australia’s second oldest river port. It is an historic village, located on the banks of the Hunter River, in the Hunter Valley, NSW, 10 minutes from Maitland, 40 minutes from Wine Country & Port Stephens blue water wonderland, and an hour and a half from Sydney.
Trevor Richards opened Morpeth Investment Art Gallery for business in 1991 as part of the Campbell’s Store Craft Centre complex, in Morpeth’s main cobblestone lined street.
Since then it has doubled in size twice, and is located adjacent to Campbell’s Store. Morpeth Gallery now comprises a Landscape/Still Life wing and a Wildlife wing, each featuring 150 original paintings on the wall at any one time. There are also Giclee limited edition & open edition prints and other giftware such as greeting cards, children’s books, illustrated books, mugs, coasters, snack trays, placemats and jigsaws featuring the work of some of the artists represented at the gallery.
For twenty six years the gallery has specialized in selling only Traditional Australian Art – landscapes, seascapes & wildlife, by many of Australia’s most renowned artists. The artists invited to exhibit their works at the gallery are all professional, dedicated artists & they must be published artists, or be an artist who has the potential to be published in many ways. Art is not a hobby for these artists, it’s a business.
Visitors come into the gallery & are awestruck by the caliber of art they see for sale on the walls. When we explain that what they are looking at are the works of published artists, they often ask us, ‘What do you mean by published artist?’
Having an artists work ‘in print’ in multiple forms, means their name and images are recognized by many individuals, and it is the way that an artists work continues to increase in value year after year, the same way shares or a house might do. Each artwork is then purchased by art investors – to be enjoyed & yes to make them money in the long term.
It is estimated that one in four households in Australia contain an image by d’Arcy Doyle. It might be a print, biscuit tin, calendar, placemats, mug, tapestry etc…
Wildlife artist Garry Fleming illustrates & writes children’s books. Millions of copies have been published worldwide in more than 56 languages. Garry’s images are also featured on Christian Paul watches which are available throughout the world.
John Bradley has published two coffee table style books, DVD’s on how to paint inside & outside & has more than 150 published prints, placemats, coasters, calendars and jigsaws.
Natalie Jane Parker has had over 40 of her artworks reproduced over the last fifteen years by giftware giant Ashdene. These images have been reproduced onto mugs, coasters, trays, placemats and tea towels and sold in giftware stores worldwide. Natalie has also illustrated 32 Children’s books and has just released a range of jigsaw puzzles.
John McCartin has won over 50 major International Art Awards since 2011. John is a “Master Artist – World” and has been handpicked for membership of the Art Guild Master Painters of the World which is an exclusive group of the best artists in the world today.
Gordon Hanley is Australia’s only Living Master as named by the US Art Renewable Centre. Gordon is a master of three mediums. Watercolours, oils which he is preparing mainly for the American market and is the world’s master in Metalpoint a rare gold point technique using 24 carat gold and silver on specially prepared paper.
Stephen Jesic has also had outstanding international success being awarded grand prize awards in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Stephen’s work is available in Australia exclusively at Morpeth Gallery and Robert Simon’s Fine Art Gallery in New York.
Some customers buy art only for investment, through a superfund for example, because they are taxed at a low rate & one can maximize the capital gain. They don’t necessarily care what it looks like, only that their investment will increase in value an average of 7-10% a year.
Throughout the year Morpeth Gallery will host solo art exhibitions featuring themed collections by the artists represented at the gallery & an annual Festival of Two Palettes, held the second weekend in March, when visitors can come and meet the artists in a relaxed environment and watch them at work at their easels.
A 30 page booklet is available for purchase at the gallery: ‘How You Can Invest in Art’ discusses amongst many things, why one would invest in art, how to go about it, which artists to choose & why you should choose a published artist. Artists and their works are also represented on the website.
The Morpeth Gift Gallery downstairs from the art gallery features prints, teapots, mugs, cups and saucers, jewellery, handbags and wallets, hand creams, unique men’s gifts, candles, educational toys and lots of great gift ideas.
Morpeth Bears joined Morpeth Gallery in 2011, specializing in the teddy bear brands such as Settler, Charlie Bears, Gund, Merrythought, Hermann Red & Green, Schildkrot & Steiff. Steiff bears & animals made in Germany are the ‘Rolls Royce’ of the teddy bear world. Antique and vintage Steiff bears regularly fetch prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars at auctions around the world. They too may become investment pieces, just like an original artwork.
The Gallery runs various festivals and artist showcases during the year, as well as rare exhibitions, great shopping and wonderful events suited for the entire family. You may want to plan your next visit to Morpeth and take the opportunity to participate in one of our great events.
Morpeth Gallery is open for visits Thursday to Sunday and most public holidays between 10am and 5pm or by appointment.