Michael Reid OAM
Michael Reid OAM is one of the leading art dealers in Australia, advising private clients on the formation of their art collections with the aid of decades of experience in the sector. Michael’s cultural commentary, sought across television, print and social media affirm his role as an ambassador for Australian art.
Michael Reid operates galleries in Sydney, Berlin and regional New South Wales. The Sydney & Berlin galleries exhibit extensively at art fairs within Australia and Europe. He held a position with Christie’s in London and Australia for over ten years, culminating with the opening of a major representative office for Christie’s in Brisbane in 1996. Following this, Michael made weekly contributions as Art Market Analyst to the business section of The Australian newspaper and lectured on Art Business at the University of New South Wales (COFA).
Michael is a co- founding director of Art Month Sydney; founder of Ackerstrasse “Open Street”, Berlin; a former director & deputy chair of the Foundation for Sydney Living Museums and he is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales.
On Australia Day 2016, Michael received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the arts.
Ronan Sulich has been an objects person for a long time. During his time at the University of Sydney he used to scour the junk shops of Newtown and Glebe, one time turning up at a tutorial with a large marble bust of Mozart, or another time with a Chinese blue and white jardiniere… Unsurprisingly he did an arts degree with a major in Fine Art and Archaeology and then a diploma of Museum Studies. His three years at the storied David Jones Art Gallery were an amazing grounding in the decorative arts as well as contemporary Australian art, followed by time spent as curator at the atmospheric and untouched Rouse Hill House.
Moving to London in 1988 he worked in a busy auction house in Chelsea cataloguing a weekly antiques sale and has calculated that in the five years he was there he catalogued 300 lots per week for 48 sales per annum, about 70,000 objects described in his time there.
Christie’s Australia offered him the role as the decorative arts specialist in the Sydney office in 1995 and he had the opportunity to work on many of the milestone auctions of the time, the Whiteman Collection, the BinThuan Shipwreck sale, the collections of Leo Schofield at Bronte House and John Schaeffer at Rona in Bellevue Hill. With the closure of the Australian salesrooms in 2006 he was made the Christie’s representative for Australia, since then he has worked with the major collectors and collections, institutions and artists.
David Cook brings to the creative Triumvirate that is Object, a connoisseur’s eye, refined taste and an arts industry wide reputation for professional integrity. Within the art world, David’s opinions are greatly sort after and acted upon.
David began his career in the Sydney, with the long established and reputable Rex Irwin Art Dealer, before establishing his own art gallery DC Art, in the late 1980s. Reflecting David’s ability to anticipate market trends – a trait for which his career has since been distinguished – DC Art specialised in showcasing the best of Modern British art. Exhibited artists included the Claude Flight school, Francis Bacon and Frank Auerbach. David was similarly attuned to developments in Contemporary Australian art.
In 1996, David joined the prominent international auction house Christie’s as the national Head of Paintings. He oversaw the consignment and sale of multi-million-dollar art auctions, with much of his success grounded in an ability to develop genuine client relationships. When Christie’s closed its sale room operations in Australia 10-years later, David accepted the equally senior position of Deputy, Head of Art with Sotheby’s.
For the past decade David has worked across the world for a number of significant collectors, and notably as the Curator for Consolidated Press Holdings.