About Beinart Gallery
Beinart Gallery (Melbourne, Australia) is a curated space for highly skilled figurative artists with a shared fascination for surreal and imaginative themes. By showing internationally established artists with emerging talent in our exhibition program, we are ushering the New Contemporary art movement into Australia. We are passionate about raising the profiles of Australian artists to an international stage through our worldwide network of collectors and enthusiasts. Beinart Gallery opened in 2016, but our role within this growing international movement spans over a decade through publishing, curating, promoting and educating.
Jon Beinart (Gallery Co-director) during Shaun Tan's solo exhibition, Untold Tales. Photo by Max Milne.
Corinne Beinart (Gallery Co-director) during Shaun Tan's solo exhibition, Untold Tales. Photo by Max Milne.
Beinart Collective – History
From the vast and intricate drawings of Laurie Lipton to Christian Rex van Minnen’s psychedelic grotesquerie, from Mark Ryden’s adorable pop surrealist mashups to Kikyz1313’s watercolour explorations of innocence and entrails and from Jeremy Geddes’s hyperrealistic floating figures to Michael Hussar’s dark provocative oil paintings, the work of the Beinart Collective’s featured artists is as diverse as it is unusual.
Over the years we have published books, curated group exhibitions and maintained a strong online presence under the Beinart banner. Our projects have helped generate opportunities for our artists to network, collaborate, share resources and connect with a broader audience. We aim to foster a sense of community in which these artists will flourish. We delight in sharing their work and hope that by viewing the journeys of these artists, those who light upon them will be inspired.
The Beinart Collective was founded in 2003 by Jon Beinart. Starting as an online gallery featuring Jon and a handful of other Australian artists, the Collective quickly grew into a network of hundreds of artists from every point of the globe. By 2006, the Collective had become a popular online resource for Contemporary Surrealism, Pop-Surrealism, Fantastic Realism, Dark Art, Lowbrow Art, Magical Realism and other related art movements. At its peak, the site featured more than 600 contemporary artists and attracted over 3,000 unique visitors a month. The Beinart Collective website also hosted a blog with relevant articles, exhibition previews and artist interviews and an active forum which helped foster a sense of community among the artists.
In 2010, we held our first international group exhibition at the renowned Copro Gallery in Santa Monica. In the years since, we have shown hundreds of artists in additional prominent galleries, such as Last Rites Gallery in New York. Exhibiting the work of emerging artists alongside that of established artists in these venues has assisted many in the Collective in gaining exposure, attracting new collectors and networking with other artists.
Beinart Publishing was formed in 2007 with the release of a compendium of the work of fifty surreal figurative artists titled Metamorphosis. The success of this book prompted the release of a second volume, Metamorphosis 2, in 2008. From then until 2012, we focused on the publication of books which chronicled the life and works of celebrated artists such as Kris Kuksi, Laurie Lipton and Chet Zar. These titles often sold out quickly, gaining positive reviews and worldwide distribution.