BACK WHERE HE USED TO HANG
THE painter Bryan Westwood has left Australian Galleries to return to the
comfortable arms of his long-time Sydney representative, Robin Gibson. It is
undoubtedly a blow to the Australian's Stuart Purves, who has had a difficult
year and lost several major artists, including John Olsen and Time Storrier who
both joined Gene Sherman.
Westwood said that there were no personal problems with Purves but he
believed he needed a dealer who was in Sydney full-time, unlike Purves, who
splits his time between his Sydney and Melbourne operations. Westwood said that
sales of individual paintings outside exhibitions were becoming more common and
more important in the current edgy art market, making a dealer on-hand even more
Naturally, Robin Gibson is ecstatic to welcome back Westwood. He says he
hung Westwood's first solo exhibition at Bonython Galleries and represented him
at Robin Gibson Gallery from 1976-89.
A BONZER BONANZA
THE Australian actor Alistair MacDougall (right) is set to ride to fame in
a new television film, Bonanza: The Return, in which he plays Adam Cartwright
Jnr. MacDougall played Ryan for one year in Home and Away. The Bonanza telemovie
is a pilot for a TV series.
The appearance of a Cartwright boyo with an Aussie accent is explained
with a backstory of Adam Cartwright Snr going to Australia to start a new life
after he left the Ponderosa. It's a little clumsy, but then the whole next
generation of Cartwrights are a whole lot more handsome than their daddies and
MacDougall certainly fits the bill.
BOB'S NOT KIDDING
OUT of "sheer desperation" writer and film-maker Bob Ellis decided to take
things into his own hands (is that new?) and give his film The Nostradamus Kid
a bit of a shove. Not that it's doing badly. Sydney likes it and it will play at
the Academy Twin until Christmas. Melbourne has been slower to embrace The Kid.
What Ellis is particularly chuffed about is that The Kid has been accepted
to screen at the Sundance Festival in the US (January 20-30), America's biggest
and most important film market. It is a double boon because it would be a
pleasant change from defaming Bronwyn Bishop, said Ellis, who is still milking
the Bronny jokes.
On life as a (self) publicist, Ellis said it was easier than he thought it
would be. "I'm doing more than is being done by (bleeeep) which is doing less
than it should," he remarked. He's not bad at it either. Yet another career