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GALLERY EAST ART SERVICES provides an on-line gallery for WA artists and Japanese prints, art consultancy and continues to do valuations, hold and curate exhibitions, second to none in Perth.






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Forrest/Nedela Collection: Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95


Woodblock Prints of the Sino-Japanese War

We are pleased to be able to bring to our web site full information about the 90+ woodblock prints we have collected to date recording the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95.

We began to collect these prints over three years ago in order to consolidate our collecting of Japanese woodblock prints in one particular area, and in an area where the prints were relatively modestly priced and readily available. The information we have recorded on these pages is the most comprehensive we have been able to gather to date. We trust viewers will be enthralled, as we are, by the sheer variety of the scenes depicted, as well as the stunning artistry of many of them. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have further information to add thus far recorded or you have enquiry, on

The First Sino-Japanese War (1 August 1894 – 17 April 1895) was fought between the Qing Empire of China and the Empire of Japan, primarily over control of Korea. After more than six months of unbroken successes by Japanese land and naval forces and the loss of the Chinese port of Weihaiwei, the Qing government sued for peace in February 1895.

The war saw a flood of woodblock prints, overwhelmingly in the form of triptyches, depicting its battles. It is estimated that a staggering 3000 prints were produced in the relatively short period of the war. Highly popular, they provided large scale and colourful images to an eager audience, no matter how crude or inaccurate some of them were. But this proved to be the last flowering of the ukiyo-e print which had been the popular art form of the Japanese townspeople for over 250 years.

Other than Adachi Ginko, only three Japanese artists went to the front, Kubota Beisen and his two sons, and the images they recorded in their 9 nine volume Nisshin Sento Gaho (Illustrated Account of the Sino-Japanese War) published between October 1894 and July 1895 are the only first hand depictions of the war and form a unique and important source of journalistic reports. Nine of the eleven volumes are in the Forrest/Nedela collection and can be viewed here.

Other artists were free to imagine the scenes of war and to use the full range of colours not known to the ukiyo-e artists of earler times. Coupled with the haste with which the prints were produced, this undoubtedly led, on the one hand, to the printing of crude, violently coloured propoganda tracts; and on the other to works of great artistry, inspiration and delicacy. Designs by artists such as Beisaku, Toshihide, Gekko, and, predominantly, Kiyochika rank with the best achievements of Japanese woodblock printing.


David Forrest and Janis Nedela, September 2016





Martin Heine,

A major monograph on Martin Heine's work

"Now the Hard Part, the Work of Martin Heine 1989 - 2010",

by Dr. David Bromfield, published by Brown Art was launched at Gallery East on the evening of 21 October 2011

Price: $60.

Martin, who is represented by Gallery East, has been developing his unique 'reverse painting'

technique for nearly two decades. After many initial studies, both digital and hand drawn,

he works through a fine mesh canvas painting the design from behind.

This results in work with a remarkably complex expressive facture, of which,

thanks to his recent researches, he is now the complete master.

Martin Heine has also worked as a performance artist for over twenty years.

His performance work, whether involved and elaborate or immediate and iconic,

has long been concerned with the ongoing farce of art and its audience.

Martin Heine was born in Villingen in the Black Forest, Germany, in 1957.

He first arrived in Australia in 1987. He holds a PHD in art theory from Sydney University.

Sadly, Martin died unexpectedly in 2014. He is greatly missed.




The Resale Royalty scheme took effect on the 9th of June 2010.

The royalty applies to works by living artists and for 70 years after the death of an artist.

(Currently to artists who died after 1941)

All works of art purchased after the 8th of June 2010 will be subject to a resale royalty of 5% when next sold.

However works purchased before that date will be exempt on the next sale - but not on subsequent sales.

For example
Royalties will not apply to a work purchased on the 1st of June 2010 and sold in 2013.

Royalties will apply If the work is purchased on 15th of June 2010 and sold in 2013.

Royalties apply to sales of $1,000 including GST and over




CODES: The Art of Janis Nedela 1982 - 2007, by David Bromfield



David Bromfield 's fully illustrated book on the art of Janis Nedela , co-director of Gallery East, was launched on the evening of

Thursday 7September2008 at Planet Books, Mount Lawley.

The 192 paged book is fully illustrated in colour, text runs to approximately 75,000 words, and retails at $67.50.

To order please send a cheque for $73. 50 ($67.95 + $6 p&p) with your adress to Brown Consultants,

c/- Gallery East. 94 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle, 6159

Janis Nedela has exhibited widely both in Australia and overseas. He studied Printmaking (1987)

and Graphic Design (1977) at Perth Technical College and gained his Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts)

from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia, in 1990. In Perth , WA , he is represented by

Galerie Dusseldorf, with whom he has had a long and fruitful relationship; in Melbourne , Victoria , by Uber Gallery; in Riga ,

Latvia by Bastejis Gallery, and in Albany , WA by gorepaniART.

Janis is currently a full time artist and co-director of Gallery East in North Fremantle . In 2005 he was awarded a Creative Development

Fellowship from ArtsWA (Department for Culture and the Arts) which enabled him to undertake a two month artist's residency in

Riga , Latvia culminating in his exhibition . Books + Text As An Object #2. On his return at the end of July 2006,

Bunbury Regional Art Galleries mounted a comprehensive survey exhibition of his work over the last 15 years

( 21 August 1 October 2006) and in September he exhibited Books + Text As An Object #3 at gorepaniART Gallery, Albany, WA.

In 2007 he exhibited Running Backwards at Galerie Düsseldorf, Perth , and Running Backwards # 2 at Über Gallery, Melbourne .

Books and text has been integral to Janis's two and three dimensional works, from their early development in 1983. Since 2001

he has added performance art and multi-media animation to his art practice.

Dr David Bromfield , academic, critic and writer is the author of Fakeology, 2004, a substantial account of the work of Perth sculptor

\ Stuart Elliott and NOW 2004, a study of the work of Gosia Wlodarczak. He is the author of a number of books,

exhibitions and catalogues on Australian artists and craft makers, including Mike Parr, Elise Blumann

, Brian Blanchflower, Tony Jones, Pippin Drysdale and Thomas Horeau, and innumerable articles and

academic papers. His research and publications formed the basis for the 2001 touring exhibition, Monet and Japan.





















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