Auction for a cause

April 14, 2014

This stunning painting by famed Australian artist Graham Fransella is to be auctioned by Cure Brain Cancer Foundation on Saturday May 3 with the proceeds going to brain cancer research. 'River' has been donated by the original purchaser and comes with full provenance.

The auction is open to everyone with absentee bidding available.

This is a fantastic opportunity to secure an iconic Fransella painting and support brain cancer research.


"Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is the largest dedicated fundraiser for brain cancer research in Australia. Partnering with the research community, we are steering the national agenda for brain cancer research, we mobilise communities, advocate to government and raise awareness.

Our mission is bold: to increase five-year survival to 50% within 10 years. Together through a co-ordinated effort between research, patients, government and community we will succeed"


Born in Harrow, England, Graham Fransella studied at the Bradford School of Art, Yorkshire. He came to Australia in 1975.

Graham Fransella's work is represented in many public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery, Parliament House, Print Council of Australia and Artbank. He is also represented in many private collections in Australia, Europe and the USA, including Saatchi and Saatchi, London.

Graham has won several awards including the Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize five times.


'River' was completed in 2001 and was one of the first paintings where Fransella introduced the archetypal theme of the river. Throughout cultural history 'the river' has served as a symbol of the ebb and flow of life, of the cyclic patterns of regeneration in nature and a natural division between good and evil, truth and the lie.

In Australia, rivers and their tributaries are essential to the regeneration of flora and fauna and the maintenance of human existence.

Fransella's adoption of this symbol dates to the commencement of his inland travels and his observation that, seen from the air, rivers form strong linear elements in the landscape.

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation in conjunction with Hotham Street Contemporary will present this painting for auction at the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation Mad Hatter Ball, Saturday May 3. Details are: Royal Hall of Industries, Entertainment Quarter, Lang Road, Moore Park, Sydney (7pm - midnight).

Imagine a world without brain cancer.

Help make this dream a reality by coming along for a night of pure imagination at Cure Brain Cancer's Mad Hatter Ball.

$290 per head or $2850 per table of ten

Tickets include a three course dinner, drinks and entertainment.

To book a ticket phone 02 9550 5244 or email

For further information go to

For those not attending, bids for 'River' can be made by phone on the night and before the event.

To find out more including pre-auction viewings call Liam Ferguson 0413 750 303 or