Claude Ullin Art (formerly High on Art)
The gallery was established in 1994, at a time when Aboriginal Art was just emerging as a major player in the Australian market. From its outset it concentrated on a wide variety of work from all over Australia, increased its scope of individual artists over the last ten years.
As time has gone on, the quality of artists has been elevated. Over the last few years when the market has struggled, High on Art has remained as a strong player in the field. Most other aboriginal galleries have fallen by the wayside with detrimental consequences to the sale of Aboriginal art. However, Claude Ullin, the Director still has the upmost faith in the continued presence of Aboriginal Art within the Australian Art Market. He says “Australians will eventually wake up and realise just how great this art is and how outstanding many of the artists are.”
Now is the time purchase while the prices are still at their historical lows. Auction houses are struggling to sell the work and the few remaining galleries have a solid clientele which will underpin the market for the time being.
Claude Ullin Art is currently exhibiting works by established artists such as Tommy Watson, Bill Whisky, Helen McCarthy, Willy Tjungurrayi, Walangkura Napanangka, Makinti Napanangka, Maureen Hudson, Queenie McKenzie, Rover Thomas, Lin Onus, plus emerging artists Jorna Newberry, Nellie Marks, Anna Petyarre and Polly Ngale. The gallery also stocks a variety of work from Oenpelli, Raminginingi and Tjanpi Weavers.
Claude Ullin founded the gallery in 1994. Prior to this, Claude was originally in advertising and later founded Melbourne’s Gallery Naïve Art and served as its Director between 1978 and1994. Claude has been elected four times as Mayor of Stonnington Council in Melbourne’s inner east and has served 22 years on the Councils of Malvern and Stonnington. He has been Chairman of numerous organisations and established four foundations. He has an intense interest in the visual and performing arts and has wide experience in the retail sector. Claude is an advocate for the rights of indigenous artists and their communities and has promoted indigenous culture and art on the state, national and international levels.