Now showing //

LAND & LIGHT / 4 February – 29 March

For artist Volker Leder, there was nothing more inspiring than the landscapes and colours of the rugged west.

Volker emigrated to Australia from Germany with his family when he was just 30. He worked for many years in the printing trade at Australia Consolidated press (ACP) in the heart of Sydney. Volker and his wife Renata had visited Lightning Ridge in 1983, enchanted by its landscape and distinctive colours and in 1984 it became their new home.

Volker spent the rest of his life traveling to different regions and painting prolifically. His works are created with oils and watercolours with subjects ranging from still life to landscapes to portraits. His ability to illuminate the colours of the Australian landscape has won awards and the hearts of many admirers.

Volker has exhibited his work throughout Lightning Ridge and the region as well as Sydney. His work has always been well received for his use of colour, ability to reconstruct landscapes and the way he rendered paint.

In 2017 Outback Arts was contacted by Volker and Renata to discuss the donation of his body of work after he was diagnosed with cancer. His vision was to keep the collection within the region for locals to enjoy surrounded by the land that inspired him. This amazing offer was accepted with open arms and around 200 works are now housed at Outback Arts, including oils, watercolours both framed and unframed as well as sketch and journal works.

For the month of February, Outback Arts will be hosting an exhibition from the collection as a tribute to this amazing local artist and his life’s work. This exhibition will show works spanning decades, observing the 30 years he spent living in Lightning Ridge carving out a successful career.


Various pastel and acrylic works by Alison Cosgrove of Warren are now showing. A selection of stunning works recreating the wildlife and landscapes that surround her.