20 Jul 2021

9 local Sydney artists you can meet in person at The Rocks

Buying local art is better. Instead of speaking with a salesperson, you’ll get the chance to talk to the artist and learn the story behind each piece.
9 local Sydney artists you can meet in person at The Rocks
When you make a purchase, you’ll be supporting a Sydney local at a time when they need it most.

To get you started, here are 8 local artists in the Rocks that you can meet in person as soon as the lockdown’s over.

Local artists you can visit in the Rocks

Matt Pearson Photography

Matt Pearson creates fine art photography that captures some of the world’s most beautiful locations in breathtaking style. Over the last 15 years, he’s travelled the world to photograph desert canyons in Arizona, soaring fjords in New Zealand and pure white beaches around Australia.

His sense of adventure has served him well and he’s quickly gained an international following, with collectors in every corner of the world. You can shop Matt’s selection in person at his store in The Rocks once the lockdown’s over, or jump onto his online store and get art delivered.

Atty Design

ATTY Gallery is the brainchild of Graham Atwell, a local Sydney artist and animal lover. He painstakingly creates detailed digital prints of furry and feathered friends (otters, giraffes, cats, rabbits, emus) that burst with colour and personality then puts them up for adoption (purchase) at his store in The Rocks.

Popping one of these beauties on the wall in your office might not be as good as adopting a real otter, but it’s the next best thing!

Ken Done

After 40 years as a successful artist and over 50 one-man shows from Sydney to Tokyo, Ken Done is an Australian art icon. His work on acrylic with oil paints is vibrant and colourful, taking inspiration from diverse sources including nature and his home here in Sydney.

Drop into Ken’s gallery in the Rocks and you might be lucky enough to meet the man himself.

Billich Gallery

Charles Billich is one of Australia’s most famous and flamboyant living artists - a modern master of surrealism. His work spans over forty years and countless mediums, but is best known for his otherworldly oil paintings that hang on the walls of some of the world’s most prominent collections, including the Vatican, the private collection of the British royal residency and the White House.

You can experience Charle’s collection at Billich Gallery in a beautiful heritage building in the heart of the Rocks.


Max Mendez and Kerry Findley are a globetrotting couple who’ve worked for design agencies in England, Spain, America, Singapore and Australia. Not long ago they decided to follow their passions in illustration and design, leave the corporate world and start their own business. The result is Squidinki - a brand that uses everyday products as canvases for Max’s whimsical, humorous hand drawn illustration. Their shop in The Rocks has quickly become a local favourite, selling everything from fine art prints to illustrated tea towels and keep cups. 

Local Artists at the Rocks Market and the Rocks Market Online

If you want to find emerging local artists before they hit it big, The Rocks Market and The Rocks Market Online should be your first stop. Here are a few of our favourites.

Emilio Frank Design

Shana Danon is the artist behind Emilio Frank Design, an online store and stallholder at The Rocks online that sells gorgeous original artworks, prints and objects. Every work of art is intended to create a happy positive space and features Shana’s signature modernist style, bold colours and flowing shapes. Shop the collection online or find Shana at The Rocks Market when it reopens.

Erlenmeyer Art

Local artist Stephanie Gray discovered a passion for hand-making personalised gifts for family and friends years ago. Fast forward to today and she’s turned that passion into Erlenmeyer Art, a brand that sells art, unique Australian gifts and stationery featuring designs exclusively created by Stephanie and her partner in crime Joe O’Grady.

The range includes hand-drawn and elaborately themed playing cards, greeting cards, art prints and more. Each piece features precisely drawn lines, vibrant watercolours, and nostalgic, whimsical themes. Visit the website to shop the range.

Little Noisy Miner

Sydney local Adriana became an artist by accident when one day she picked up a pencil and decided to start drawing. Little Noisy Miner creations feature simple clean black lines on white, portraying flowers, knick knacks and curiosities, available as framed prints or on tote bags, note cards, pillows and more. Browse her unique art and homewares on Society6, or drop by The Rocks Markets where you can to meet Adriana in person.

Studio KaKa

Vickie Liu is the local artist behind Studio Kaka. She paints intricately detailed still lifes, inspired by her love of nature, from Australian flower arrangements to koalas, kookaburras and local landscapes. Kaka was Vickie’s childhood nickname, harking back to a time when she spent long hours drawing and creating - something she’s been doing a lot of recently now that she quit her job as an architect to pursue her passion for art full time. Shop Studio Kaka’s fine art prints, artworks, cards, and unique Australian gifts on her website, or drop in and have a chat with Vickie at The Rocks Markets.