Lily and our (small) multicultural world.

These Aussie landscapes are by Lilly Oen and on display, in the Tap Gallery, corner Palmer and Burton Street, Darlinghurst.

I am about to take down my exhibition, in the Tap Gallery, after an interesting week of exhibiting there, to celebrate my birthday.

At one stage, Lilly came into the office, where I was just checking something on their computer and asked if I was Dutch.
She’d noticed the Dutch touch to my 62 paintings.
Turns out she came from Rotterdam. Her mother is Dutch.
I read elsewhere, on the www, that Lily was born in Indonesia and has Chinese heritage, as well.

Day before yesterday. Lilly and I were walking through the gallery, singing the typical Dutch (sentimental) songs, that Dutch people call: smartlappen.
We both obviously knew a lot of them.
Yesterday, my last full day, before my paintings come down, today, I had a last good look at Lilly’s work.
She told me that Beatrix, the queen of the Netherlands, has one of her paintings!!

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The people I’ve spoken to, this last week, in the Tap Gallery, corner Burton and Palmer Street, Darlinghurst.


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In 1969, I enrolled in the “Art Teachers Conversion Course”. It was my first experience of formal art lessons. Soon other interests prevailed, until, I had lunch, in Hazelhurst and then enjoyed the art classes there. Culminating in my exhibition, in 2008.

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  • Sunil
    Sunilalmost 6 years ago

    You had a great time JO… Say Hi to Lily oen …. at TAP Gallery.. Her work is good nice parrots and miniature credit card size canvas art work showing landscape is great…

  • She seems such a nice person, Sunil. It’s a pity, it’s all over for me now (for a while) as far as exhibiting, at the Tap Gallery is concerned.

    – MrJoop

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