Mossenson Galleries, one of Australia's leading commercial galleries was founded as 'Indigenart' in 1993 in Perth by Dr Diane Mossenson and her husband Dan. It exhibits the finest art produced by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian artists. This is particularly so in the case of the represented Aboriginal and Torres Strait artists who are amongst the highest and most regularly awarded in the country.
In establishing Indigenart, Diane Mossenson was motivated by the fact that there was no other gallery in Perth dedicated to high-quality Indigenous artworks. Mossenson took this pioneering outlook into the range and styles of artwork that she exhibited. Not content to follow the pack, she strove to exhibit challenging, innovative and exciting artists, rather than already established painters. Mossenson Galleries soon became defined as a trailblazing epicentre for the exciting emerging Indigenous art movement. Glancing over the past two and a half decades reveals a litany of first solo exhibitions from artists who have gone on to define the Australian indigenous art movement.
With a keen eye for emerging talent, Mossenson has worked tirelessly to promote community art centres – from established centres like Papunya Tula Artists and Maningrida Arts and Culture – through to emerging centres like Minymaku (Tjala), Kalumburu, Iwantja, Waralungku and Milingimbi. It is as a mentor and advisor to artists that Diane Mossenson has found the greatest fulfilment. Mossenson has steered the careers of artists such as Shane Pickett, Ngarra, Loongkoonan, Lucy Ward and Omborrin, including guiding most of them from their very first painting through to the completion of their final works. She has facilitated projects for her artists, including major commissions, print projects and overseas exhibitions.
In 2006, Mossenson Galleries expanded its interests to include non-Indigenous artists, showing major exhibitions from artists including Col Jordan, Graham Kuo and Jason Cordero. Mossenson Galleries' stable of non-Indigenous artists reflects a continuing engagement with inspiring and important artwork.
Mossenson Galleries' innovation and trend-setting has been acknowledged by public institutions, including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, which regularly source works from them.
Artists from Mossenson Galleries have been included in major institutional exhibitions such as Culture Warriors: The National Triennial of Indigenous Art, (National Gallery of Australia), South By South West (Art Gallery of Western Australia), Crossing Country (Art Gallery of New South Wales) and Tarnanthi ( Art Gallery of South Australia). Innovation is also evident in Mossenson Galleries' annual exhibition schedule which, alongside important solo and group exhibitions, features regular curated exhibitions that challenge and extend the preconceptions surrounding Indigenous art.
Mossenson Galleries is an accredited tourist business. Dr Diane Mossenson is a member of the Australian Commercial Galleries Association and an approved valuer for the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gift Program.
Mossenson Galleries is committed to the highest standard of ethics, whilst presenting some of the finest contemporary art available in Australia. The gallery boasts an extensive stockroom, holding works from represented artists and communities, in all media.
Mossenson Galleries provides consultancy services for the selection and placement of works into collections, both private and corporate.
Affiliated businesses include Indidjinart, Red Centre Art and Beyond Boomerangs.