What’s in the Stockroom?

To celebrate 10 years since we started our ‘What’s in the Stockroom?’ newsletter, each week we wander through one of the region’s premiere stockrooms to find out what treasures lay inside.


This week we visit Sydney’s Sullivan+Strumpf with Gallery Directors Ursula Sullivan and Joanna Strumpf.

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Caramel Figure with Snake, 2020. Earthenware, glaze and lustre, 67 x 45 x 20cm.

“Ramesh’s work brings such pleasure to me, his work is a simultaneously simple and complex, an iteration of figurative sculpture (and painting), that looks at centuries of iconography and the politics around it, not to mention that just looking at this work brings a smile to my face,” says Sullivan.

Sam Leach, Landscape with Meteor Strike, 2018. Oil and resin on wood, 50 x 40cm.

“Sam Leach is such a beautiful painter – his knowledge of the Dutch masters is incredible. But when he overlays that with his interest in a broader visual language, the works become even more engaging,” says Sullivan.

“The simple line going through this image begs so many questions, and when you learn about where he is coming from, it unravels a multitude of ideas about the world we live in.”

Jemima Wyman, Flourish (No.5), 2019. Hand-cut photos on paper, unframed 132 x 101.5cm.

“Jemima’s highly-political photo collages could be the rebellious love-child of William Morris and Hannah Hoch,” says Strumpf.

“This stunning piece is part of a new series: intricate, complex and puzzle-like.”

Sydney Ball, Delta (from the Link series), 1970-71. Acrylic on linen; signed, dated and titled verso, 229 x 145cm.

“The ultimate stockroom find! These incredible works from the early 1970s were painted by Ball in New York and bought back to Australia in 1971,” Strumpf explains.

“We will be presenting six Link works on canvas and three on paper for the first time at the end of the month, in Sydney Ball: 1960/1970 Works from the Estate. These works have literally been in Ball’s studio/stockroom for over 40 years.”


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