The Elliott Eyes Collection – Sydney
Engaging With the Collectors
It is not often that art collectors open the door to their private home and also personally show visitors around, but this is what makes the Elliott Eyes Collection a special experience. In the elegant Victorian townhouse of Gordon Elliott and Michael Eyes, art fills every available wall, surface, and corner. The two have amassed almost three hundred works, mostly by artists from Australia and New Zealand, including Rick Armor, James Gleeson, Peter Churcher, and Michael Zavros, and they are proud of their collection’s highly individual, personal character. Many of the works are surprisingly humorous. The (mostly male) human figure, either as sculpture or on canvas, is a clear focus. Contemporary ceramics, with works by Gwyn Hanssen Pigotte and Stephen Benwell, are another.
Anne Reimers is a London-based art historian and journalist, reporting since 2006 on art auctions, fairs, and exhibitions in the British capital. She is also Senior Lecturer for Visual Culture and Fashion Theory at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in Rochester, England.