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AWI | Publications



AWI - 83rd Anniversary

Christopher Gentle - Instinct and the Responsive Mark

Margaret Coen - Autobiography of My Mother by Meg Stewart

Margaret Coen - A Passion for Painting

Fred Cress AM - Whispers: Fred Cress Drawings 1959-2007

Jocelyn Maughan - Genre

Jocelyn Maughan - The Draughtman's Contract

Tom Thompson - Trilogy of Masterworks

Kenneth Jack MBE AM - Drawings

Kenneth Macqueen -

Making it Modern: The Watercolours of Kenneth Macqueen

Earle Backen AM - Sacred Art

Max Angus - Pedder: The Story, The Paintings



Celebrating the Medium of Watercolour




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The new Australian Watercolour Institute Book was launched on the 30th October 2006 at the residence of Emeritus President Peter Pinson OAM.

Title: The Australian Watercolour Institute: A Galley of Australia's Finest Watercolours

Author: Pinson, Peter/ Campbell, Jean/ Laverty, Peter

Year Published: 2006 Phillip Mathews Book Publishers Binding: Hardcover

This monumental work celebrates Australia's finest watercolours under the distinguished imprimatur of the Australian Watercolour Institute, the nation's premier academy of watercolourists for 83 years. More than 150 contemporary Australian watercolours, plus 40 significant historical works, are reproduced to an exacting standard on quality paper. The book richly illustrates the work of current members of the Institute and also overviews the work of former members. It is prefaced by essays, which document the Institute's history and activities. To a large extent, the history of the Institute is the history of modern watercolour painting in Australia. The Australian Watercolour Institute: A Galley of Australia's Finest Watercolours is an elegant art book that both informs and pleases the higher senses, an ideal gift for any art lover.


             $50.00 per copy including postage

For further information please contact:

Malcolm Carver                                            Chris Casali - Secretary

mcarver@iprimus.com.au                              Contact Us 








The Institute’s immediate Past President, Emeritus Professor Peter Pinson OAM  has written this monograph on fellow Institute Member Christopher Gentle.

Peter Pinson, an authority on Australian Art, has written monographs for Craftsmen House on Rodney Milgate, Emanuel Raft and Elwyn Lynn. This work on Christopher Gentle has been published by the University of NSW, College of Fine Arts.  It has 89 pages with 21 full colour illustrations. 

This handsome publication can be purchased by sending a $15.00 cheque (that includes packing and postage) to:

Chris Gentle, 307 Annandale Street,  NSW  2038

For more information please contact Chris at: chris39@bigpond.net.au



Honoured Member of the

Australian Watercolour Institute

From 1937 – 1993



by Meg Stewart

Description of book

This delightful biography of Australian painter Margaret Coen is written by her daughter, Meg Stewart.

Margaret Coen was born into an era when it wasn't easy for a woman to forge an artistic career. Yet she survived as a commercial artist during the Depression, joining Sydney's bohemian set in their sketch clubs and raucous studio parties. She became close friends with Norman Lindsay and married poet Douglas Stewart, which immediately gave her entr´┐Że‚ into Sydney's literary circles of the time.

Meg tells her mother's story, first published twenty years ago, in Margaret's voice, with a stream of anecdotes and personal details that build a captivating picture of her life and of Australian social and artistic history in this era. Meg has also written a fascinating new chapter on her mother's relationship with Norman Lindsay.

RRP: $27.95 Paperback from the Random House Publishers

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a passion for painting

by Meg Stewart




Lilly Pilly with grass tree flowers, 1960                   The moon over Ku-ring-gai, 1970s


The reproduction of this magnificent book represent sixty years of painting, encompassing various genres.  Together with the moving description of her life, they provide an inspiring tribute to a woman artist.

Published by State Library of New South Wales Press 1997 - RRP $30.00

For more information:  www.atmitchell.com/shop or   Ph:1300 882 885




Whispers: Fred Cress Drawings 1959-2007


Fred Cress AM, elected to AWI membership in 2006, is the subject of a new and splendid book written by Ken McGregor for $99.95.

Published by Macmillan, this is the third hard back book on Fred

Cress's work, and the first to focus on his drawings (including watercolours and pastels). The book was launched by broadcaster and author Richard Morecroft at the Opening of Fred's exhibition of drawings at the Australian Galleries Works on Paper Gallery, 24 Glenmore Road, Paddington 2007.

Fred Cress is a Sydney artist who divides his time between Australia and rural France, where he maintains a second studio. He is a keen student of human nature. While his quizzical gaze detects the subjects - those who flirt, chase, dance, banquet and otherwise engage in the whole gamut of human affairs - his drawing skills, honed over five decades, provide the means of recording them on paper or canvas.

This book is about drawing, and about the artist's use of drawing to capture multiple nuances of human behaviour. Cress is an Australian artist who subscribes to the tradition of artists like Rembrandt and Goya who sought to express aspects of the human condition as they saw it in their times.

The more than 900 drawings reproduced in this 256 page book and are arranged in series which date from the 1950s to the present.

The book is available from the following:







Renowned painter and teacher have published two outstanding books of her works. 

Both are of drawings and paintings of everyday life.











For further information on these books, please contact Jocelyn at:

Bakehouse Gallery

19 Bay Street

Patonga NSW 2256

Phone: 02 4379 1102





Tom Thompson with publisher Jocelyn Maughan and Robin Norling

Hardback with 18 pages of colour paintings and drawings. 

An extract from Jocelyn Maughan's homage:

"... an episode in Tom Thompson's art is summarised here in three of his paintings.  Like many painters before him, this artist has explored his art through a wide range of interests: murals in public buildings, portraits, drawings and posters in galleries and private colections as well as figure paintings, historical and religious. 

In this book, the latter conform essentially to the Australian genre.  These three major works originated in the country town of Briadwood.

This book is a homage to someone I believe is a great Australian artist.  I hope, through this book, that many others will share with the genius that is Tom Thompson"

Available from:

Jocelyn Maughan

Bakehouse Gallery

19 Bay Street

Patonga  NSW  2256

Phone: 02 4379 1102

$29.95 plus postage



1924 - 2006





122 drawings are reproduced in chronological order, from when the artist was in his teens to the most recent, created during the last year of his life.




Making it Modern: The Watercolours of Kenneth Macqueen

Kenneth Macqueen
Under the casuarinas, Maroochydore c.1938
Purchased 1944
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Making it Modern: The Watercolours of Kenneth Macqueen
Tim Bonyhady, Samantha Littley, Susy Macqueen, Anne McDonald, Stephen Rainbird, Peter Spearritt and others
160 pages  paperback colour illustrations

A leading Australian modernist with a national profile, Kenneth Macqueen (1897–1960) was a distinctive watercolourist and prolific painter. His watercolours reflect a buoyant and optimistic vision of the country he worked, with crisp, clear washes evocative of the climate and topography. Following his move to Millmerran in Queensland in 1922, his Darling Downs property became the primary focus of his work and art. Equally important, however, are those paintings capturing the patterns and pleasures of the seaside, which were inspired by family holidays on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and the islands off Queensland. The only book available on Macqueen, this richly illustrated publication features works from Australian public and private collections, and essays by eminent scholars.

Published by the Queensland Art Gallery for the exhibition ‘Making it Modern: The Watercolours of Kenneth Macqueen’, 10 November 2007 – 5 May 2008.

Internet Price:  $39.95 plus postage

Available from: www.australianartbooks.com.au






Book description

Earle Backen, one of Sydney’s leading printmakers in the early 1960s, was also an accomplished oil painter and watercolourist of portraits, landscapes and still-lifes. He was also an oblate of the Anglican Benedictine Community of St Mark at Camperdown, Victoria for more than twenty years. Art and Christianity, his two great passions, came together in his sacred art – with his beloved Christ Church St Laurence a major beneficiary.

Specifically designed to decorate Christ Church St Laurence, an Anglo-Catholic church in inner Sydney, his Orthodox Art Series was completed over a period of three years at the end of his life. The Series is richly symbolic, drawing on the traditions of Byzantine iconography.

This book catalogues these sacred works as well as some of his other religious art and includes commentary on each picture together with background material contributed by friends and colleagues.


Product Details

Hardcover: 128 Pages
Publisher: St Laurence Press
Language: English
ISBN: 978 0 9587512 4 7
Product Dimensions: h28 x w24 x t2.2 cms
Weight: 1.214 Kg

Price:  $65.95 plus postage

Only Available From:

Christ Church St Laurence

812 George Street Sydney
NSW 2000 Australia
Phone: +61-2-9211 0560
Fax: +61-2-9212 2449

Web site:  http://www.ccsl.org.au/


Book Launch on 26 April 2009 and Brian Stratton OAM, Daniel Pata and Terence O'Donnell at the Launch.



PEDDER:  The Story, The Paintings

In this, his latest book, Max Angus speaks of values stemming from a profound aesthetic sensibility that took him with a group of friends back and back to Lake Pedder, the heart of Tasmania’s South-West wilderness. The book celebrates over fifty years of paintings of Lake Pedder by one artist: Max Angus’ association
with Lake Pedder goes back to 1953. In 2008 he is still painting Lake Pedder. Helen Gee asked him just a few years ago if he would set down an account of the events surrounding the loss of what was undoubtedly the heart of South-West Tasmania. He wrote, in his beautiful hand, from a deep well of experience and sensibility, clear and lucid on critical circumstances now half a century behind us.
His is an account of the unfolding of a tragedy of epic proportions. Future generations will delight in the visual and inscribed record created by one of the country’s most distinguished artists. It will be an enduring legacy: a momento of the heart of South-West Tasmania and a reminder that it is within our power to recapture this beautiful jewel.

Details and available from:

Published by: 

Lake Pedder Restoration Committee

64 pages hardcover (300mm x 230mm)

30 colour plates of paintings by Max Angus over 50 years with sketches and photographs

Distributed by:

Fullers Bookshop

93 St John Street

Launceston  Tasmania  7250


RRP:  $70.00 plus postage& handling