The Finkelstein Files: The Fine Art of Investment!

Wondering how to maximise your tax return for your business and feel like you’ve come out somehow on top?! With Australia’s tax breaks available to businesses which turnover under $10 million annually, owning your own art collection has never been so simple.

Michael Fox, a leading Melbourne tax accountant specialising in the arts explains, “The rules changed about two years ago regarding buying art for your business,” explains Michael Fox. “Today in Australia it is much easier to gain tax breaks for buying works of under $20,000 than it ever was before,” he says. Fox who helps people with their tax every day says one of the big loopholes people can exploit, is the “Turnbull’s Tradies” – a Small Business raft of tax measures, which allows small businesses to claim their expenses up to $20,000. “If you have an ABN, then under the small business act you can claim the entire sum of that purchase up to the tune of $20,000 each; A small business meaning turnover of less than $10 million dollars annually.

“This rule means you can buy as many individual art works as you like worth just under $20,000 each and claim them as a legitimate business expense. For example if you wanted you could buy five artworks for $19,990 each and claim a tax write-off of close to $100,000 by buying those 5 works. “I don’t think the government really intended it to be a tax break for the arts industry. At the time it was introduced so that tradespeople could claim the expense of a utility vehicle. “It is not that widely understood,” Fox says.


Above: Painting by Wilson Lin, Spatiality, 2017, Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen, 122 x 91.5cm, $ 5,500. Sculpture by Jane Valentine, Harmonic Lines III, 2007, Marble on Granite base, 48 (dia) x 25 (d) x 90(h) cm, P.O.A


Above: Wilson Lin working on his Fractal series in studio, Melbourne, Australia.


Above: Wilson Lin, A Glimmering Sheet, 2018, Fractal series, Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen, 122 x 91.5cm, $5,500


Thierry B Fine Art showcases the Abstract paintings and sculpture from over a dozen Australian artists. Master painter and designer, Thierry B, will also scope your home or business space and recommend the ideal proportions. The South Yarra-based state-of-the-art gallery, Thierry B Fine Art provides a turn-key solution for our valued clients – where guesswork has been eliminated for you.

With prices starting from $2,500 upto $55,000, paintings are given the royal treatment proudly sporting a custom-made frame, complimentary nation-wide delivery & installation.

Above: Master Abstract Expressionist painter Thierry B. pictured in his Huntingdale studio, Melbourne, Australia.


Above: Thierry B., Contrast, 2017, Groove Series, Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen, 122 x 183cm, Corporate collection, Craigieburn Victoria.

Above: Patricia Heaslip, Landlines, 2015, Oil on Linen, 183 x 183cm, $15,000


Above: Michelle Breton, Trompette au Soleil, 2017, Mixed Media on Canvas, 153 x 137cm, $9,900


Gallery Manager and art curator, Vicki Finkelstein explains, “that while some people might be intimidated by going to a gallery and asking prices, new collectors should never be scared to talk about the budget they have in mind for buying art. “We can guide people to incredibly collectible museum quality work for under $20,000. We often work to very tight briefs for offices, homes and new collectors. Interior designers and architects for example will always come to us with a budget in mind, so we’re accustomed to taking clients through our stockroom to find the right work,” Finkelstein says.


Above: Thierry B. Dreamscape Series, Suddenly Clare, Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen, 183 x 300cm, custom-framed in water-gilded, 18-carat gold, P.O.A


Above: Thierry B. La Vie En Rose, 2018, Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen, 152 x 122cm, custom-framed in water-gilded, 18-carat gold, $15,000


Are you developing a corporate culture in your business? Are you running a business in a cut throat industry? Wanting to attract great clients and retain incredible staff? Then buy art. Not only will you claim the expense of making your office look cool, but if you are in charge, at the top end of town, you can curate a serious corporate collection.

Once you amass a cool art collection you can tour the work or open it to the public. At the top end of town the ultimate, is when these companies appoint someone as a curator and actually put together a decent collection. Then those sorts of exhibitions can go touring around the country. Granted with the name of the company attached, but still, it’s a form or a good will and very clever marketing.


Above: Richard Lewer, Untitled #27 (Tax Time Again), 2016, Langridge pigmented ink on sandpaper, 28cm by 23cm. Collection of Michael Fox Arts Accountant & Valuer.

Overseas this is common practice. Here in Australia companies like Wesfarmers, BresicWhitney, Allens and SBS all have great corporate collections the public can visit. Collecting art for your company isn’t just about tax savings or marketing. There have been several studies that show people who work in environments with nice artwork tend to be more productive.

Resident Curator at Allens Linklaters Maria Poulos can concur. Their collection was formed under the direction of Hugh Jamieson, a former partner at Allens, who left a legacy of 900 modern paintings. When he retired in 1995 he left behind a collection that has become central to the company’s vision and values, a collection that has continued to expand.

“The Collection represents an important part of Allens’ corporate identity and its connection to a much wider cultural world. In another sense, it’s a sign of good citizenship and creates a ‘civilised workplace’,” Poulos explains.


Above: Painting by Tim Blashki, Container/Contained, 2013, Acrylic on Board, 100 x 540cm, $20,000. Sculpture by Jane Valentine, Shielding II, 2014, Stauario Marble on granite base, 100 (h) x 90 (w) x 25 (d)cm, P.O.A

Above: Sculpture by Jane Valentine, Shielding II, 2014, Stauario Marble on granite base, 100 (h) x 90 (w) x 25 (d)cm, P.O.A


Today, corporate collections are generally no longer seen simply as a way of decorating a company’s foyer, boardroom or offices. Instead, they are seen as a marketing tool that assists in defining a corporation’s brand or reputation. Many of the organisations that focus on collecting contemporary art are in competitive industries where it is necessary to project an image of being a forward thinking, dynamic and progressive market leader in order to attract the best staff and clients.

Above: Michael Whitehead, diptych, Outcrop & Plateau, 2018, Mixed Media on Linen, 180 x 140cm, Corporate collection, South Yarra, Australia.


Shannan Whitney who is the CEO and Founder of BresicWhitney has watched his corporate collection grow considerably since he purchased a Bill Henson for his office back in 2003. “Art was introduced consciously quite early on. It was an important mechanism to connect customers with our brand within a physical space. It was also a nice connection piece for our staff,” Whitney says. Today he points out, that in all four of his offices, art plays a strong, but silent role.

“Firstly it’s unexpected which is great. Secondly like all art is supposed to do, it prompts a response and reaction, which is valuable and finally I think it has been an effective in helping people connect our brand with our vision,” he says. Maria Poulos echoes this sentiment at Allens, sighting the impact on staff as ‘positive’. “Lawyers often comment on the art as a great conversation starter with new clients – a handy way to break the ice. Even if someone remarks unfavourably, ‘How can you put up with that?’, art has stimulated discussion and a different way of looking at things,” she says.

Thierry B Fine Art is located at 473 Malvern Rd, South Yarra.

Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm or by appointment: 0404861438.



The Finkelstein Files – Palate Popping Pleasures

23 Artists, 15 Designers, 3 Chefs, 1 Mixologist and 2 Musos walk into a gallery bar…


What do you get when you cross the works of a collection of our most unique artists with the culinary creations of some of our most talented, multi-hatted, young gastronomic guns, the music of two of our best recognised DJ spinners, and one of the best mixologists in the land, all against a backdrop of cutting edge design installations and functional artefacts?

An adventure in culinary and artistic exploration 

baron4 unique events

4 unique collaborations

4 unique Nights of Art, Food, Design and Drink

gin o'clock

Launch Night – Thursday 18 July

Kicking off with a rare cocktail cameo by creator,  Jason Chan of West Winds Gin ; the surely famous by now rustic-meets-3-chef’s-hats black paella wowness of Comida Bebe’s Andreas Papadakis; bubbly by Neil Prentice of Moondara Wines; some exotic wine and beer action; and plenty of spinning vinyl by DJs Richard Kelly and Mr Nicely.

Tickets $29.

hart- Collage

Dessert Theatre Night – Friday 19 July 7–11pm                                                                                                                                                        

Featuring creations by sweetster and dessertiste Anthony Hart (The Press Club Group).

The night will see you toasting your own marshmallows while you sink into the inspired and just a little bit crazy creative decadence of meringue balloons hanging from the ceiling; jars of white chocolate and sweet Kyoto tea; Macha and Cassis chocolate brownies; salted caramel and popcorn macaroons;  and caramelia cremeux filled toothpaste-tube and sable biscuit take-home goodie bags.

And of course, a reprise of Jason Chan’s cocktail calisthenics, wines, beers and the vinyl permutations of DJs Richard Kelly and Mr Nicely.

Tickets $55.

Comida bebe-Collage

Food and Gastronomic Theatrics – Saturday 20 July, 7–11pm

Andreas Papadakis of the pop-up performing Comida Bebe presents a night of live food performance installations, interspersed amongst the art and the art-goers.

A menu of deconstructed Mediterranean Salad, (tomato terrine, buffalo ricotta mousse, olive soil, Brussel sprouts, broad beans, basil); Smoked Salmon boudin, Rye, Crispy capers, preserved mayo, watercress; Truffle potatoes; Pork belly, corn polenta, jus noisette, hazelnuts; Foie Gras & gingerbread lollies; Goats cheese and beetroot lollipops; Octopus, potato, Pedro jelly, in a skewer – all presented on a series of floating shelves and other designer vessels,

Cocktails, bevies, live DJs.

Tickets $55.

matt- Collage

The Baroness High Tea – Sunday 21 July, 3–7pm

Renowned patissier Matt Forbes. presents a High Tea to die and go to heaven for , featuring a cocktail and wine paired array of inspired patisserie creations.


The Baron’s Palate

Art plated up to tantalise all 5 of your senses.

Book NOW.

 Art+Design, Gastronomy+ Mixology & Music

see ya there – TFF x

The Finkelstein Files – The Palate has Popped!

The Palate has started to Pop – peeps listen up!

We are half-way through Melbourne’s hibernation-worthy winter. Want to have a memorable experience ? What will leave an indelible impression upon a new ‘friend’ or posse of pals looking for a different night out?

Tired of bar-hopping and over-hyped dining spaces? We are too.


Sheep 5.1 copy

In an old Fitzroy warehouse at the end of a graffiti-covered laneway, Aaron McKenzie and Jasmin Lefers are discussing aesthetics with trades people and designers. The paint-splattered concrete floor is dotted with miscellaneous pieces of furniture and makeshift work benches, while steel trusses hang from a dirty white ceiling.

The Baron Said  designer Aaron McKenzie, event coordinator Jasmin Lefers and director Jarett Lefers are transforming this into The Baron’s Palate —a four-day synergy of art, design, food and music born through a collaboration of over 30 artists and designers.


McKenzie, a quietly spoken yet prolific ideas & put-them-into-action man, is co-owner of The Wilde, a regular haunt to the Gertrude St cool crowd. Unassumingly laid-back, his laconic grin belies an intensity and talent prolific in output. His unique aesthetitc neatly marries classic references set with solid design-based parameters.


It is a contemporary take on the legend of The Baron – a mysterious 16th-century nobleman, famous for his extravagant parties.“He was this mysterious figure – no one ever knew who he was – whether he was at the parties, or if he was serving at the parties or if he was the host,” explains Jasmin Lefers, food stylist and event planner du jour.

hague skulls-Collage


Artists from  renowned galleries will provide a backdrop for swash-buckling design aficionado’s, music accompaniment by Richard Kelly and Mr Nicely, mixology & gastronomic delicacies by hatted geniuses served up especially for you.



Amazing designers have banded together to collectively shed light on utitlitarian space that is The Baron Said. Nestled in a graffiti adorned rear alley, behind iconic Brunswick St in Melbourne, The Baron’s Palate will be a fleeting yet unforgettable experience. Blink & you may miss it!

Here’s what’s on their schedue:

The art gallery, opening on Thursday 18 July, will showcase a selection of local artists curated by Vicki Finkelstein of The Finkelstein Files with  Jason Chan of West Winds Gin running the drinks, which will be served on specially designed light boxes.

For the sweet tooth, there’s a Dessert Palate evening on Friday 19 July by Anthony Hart (The Press Club Group).

In a distinct fusion, Andreas Papadakis from Comida Bebe will create food to reflect the art on show on Saturday 20 July.

And finally, Sunday 21 July will see a High Tea with pastries by Matt Forbes.



Beats by Mr.Nicely & Richard Kelly. In unrivalled experience where Art+Design, Gastronomy+ Mixology & Music meet under one roof for 4 events only – this is one pop-up not to pass by.