Image: Ron Lambert Prehyhrid VL oil on board 61 x 81.7cm Gift of the Joan Meats Estate 2007
The Gallery’s contemporary art collection includes works acquired by gift, donation and purchase which document critical issues of Australian contemporary practice from 1970 to the present.
Some of the artists whose works make up the contemporary collection include; Howard Arkley, Ralph Balson, Clarice Beckett, Annette Bezor, Mervyn Bishop , Charles Blackman, Marion Borgelt, Arthur Boyd, John Brack, John Coburn, Fred Cress, Max Dupain, Ian Fairweather, Dong Wang Fan, John Firth-Smith, Bert Flugelman, Dale Frank, Rosalie Gascoigne, Matthys Gerber, George Gittoes, James Gleeson, Richard Goodwin, Denise Green, Bill Henson, Robert Hunter, Michael Johnson, Tim Johnson, Roger Kemp, Robert Klippel, Colin Lanceley, Pat Larter, Richard Larter, Alun Leach-Jones, Lindy Lee, Elwyn Lynn, Hilarie Mais, Colin McCahon, Fiona McDonald, Noel McKenna, Godfrey Miller, Sidney Nolan, Susan Norrie, Bronwyn Oliver, John Olsen, Mike Parr, John Peart, David Rankin, Lloyd Rees, Julie Rrap, Jan Senbergs, Garry Shead, Jeffrey Smart, Tim Storrier, Laurens Tan, Kathy Temin, Imants Tillers, Tony Tuckson, Ken Unsworth, Vicki Varvaressos, Guy Warren, Dick Watkins, Brett Whiteley, and Fred Williams.
The contemporary collection also represents the social, cultural and artistic history of the Illawarra, South Coast and Southern Highlands region. Local contemporary artists represented include; Tony Ameneiro, Audrey Bernays, Scott Branden, Jacques Charoux, Tom Dion, Olwen Evans Wilson, Ivor Fabok, Anne Ferguson, Ian Gentle, Lesley Goldacre, Debra Gully, Vivien Haley, Edward Hall, Paul Higgs, Richard Hook, Stefanie Hoy, Liz Jeneid, Edith Kouto, Ron Lambert, Lawrence Mearing, Joan Meats, Derry Messum, Kathryn Orton, Alan Peascod, Karl Preuhs, Redback Graphix, Joanne Saad, Gino Sanguineti, Arja Välimäki, Leonie Watson and Judith Weeks.