|Van Gogh's 'Bedroom at Arles'|
The vivid yellow painted bricks of the house catch your attention, as do the unusual wrought images of birds, plants and animals which form the balconies. Investigation reveals that the building was given the sobriquet 'The Yellow House' (and presumably its colour) by a group of Sydney artists, in memory of Van Gogh and his Yellow House at Arles.
|The Yellow House, Potts Point|
The Yellow House became a multi-media art and performance space with different rooms dedicated to different art movements, the Surrealists being popular. Artists involved with the house included Brett Whitely, Aggy Read, Philip Noyce, Little Nell Campbell (later in 'Rocky Horror Show'), Bruce Goold (designs for Mambo), and film makers Peter Weir and Jim Sharman. The house also expanded into a performance space and saw acts like The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band.
This wild heyday came to quite an early end, in late 1971, but was remembered in a retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW in 1990. And also by three friends having lunch today at the excellent bistro that now occupies the ground floor of The Yellow House.
A bit of Sydney trivia for you. I actually remember The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, but perhaps I shouldn't admit to that. Hey man, really wild. Way out.
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Thanks to this site for the history of The Yellow House.