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Published May 7th 2015
Billich Art Gallery is a stand-out gallery in The Rocks. It's in a prime location on George Street, the artist Charles Billich has received attention around the world for decades, and unlike most of the others galleries in the area, the subjects of these works aren't exclusively Australian.
Billich's style is a little surreal and modern, but it changes too often to be confined by any label. On my recent visit there were a lot of somewhat surrealist cityscapes, including ones of Sydney. Not literal depictions of these cities; more of a conglomerate of the many icons associated with each location. Billich calls these works portraits.
Among his other artworks there are more figurative works too, and you can see a range of them all at the gallery; with three levels, and artworks on easels not just walls, there are a lot of works to see. Billich's output is at odds with the precision he shows in his work; I had to check more than once that I wasn't looking at a print.
The Billich Art Gallery is open every day. It can also be hired for private and corporate events, where you can combine a meal with a viewing of the collection (and the harbour).
If you're interested in art (and contemporary art in particular) another place you can't miss is the Museum of Contemporary Art, which is very close to the Billich Art Gallery. It even offers spotlight talks for the particularly passionate or curious. There are many other galleries around The Rocks with an Australia focus too, as well as lots of history (just look at the building that houses this gallery, or better yet, visit the area's Discovery Museum) and parks (Dawes Point Park has the best view).