Opening of Anh Do and Julian Meagher

Wednesday night saw members of Sydney’s art community, celebrities and socialites brave the wild weather for the join openings of Julian Meagher and Ahn Do’s first exhibitions at the Olsen Irwin Gallery, 63 Jersey Road.


Despite Mother Nature putting on her most extreme weather, in an attempt to keep art fans away, the room was standing room only.

Hung in two adjoining galleries both exhibitions are united by an exploration of humanity, history and experience through the genre of portraiture. Meagher continues his exploration of identity through a series of works mixing imperial measurement bottles with English roses and Australian flora.


Julian Meagher
Study for Wentworth 2015
oil on linen
71 x 56cm
It is the first time both Meagher and Do have had solo exhibitions at the Olsen Irwin Gallery and their words have been warmly received.
Anh Do
Man 6 2015
oil on linen
153 x 122cm

Both Exhibitions run until the 10th of May and can be viewed online below.

Julian Meagher; Drinking with the other Sun

Anh Do: Man

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Anh Do: Man Opening Tomorrow 6-8pm

Anh Do is an artist prepared to take risks.


At 37 the comedian, actor, television personality turned author has decided to focus the past five years around painting.

After winning several regional art prizes and being selected as a finalist in the Archibald prize for his emotive depiction of his father Tam. Do is about to have his first solo exhibition with Olsen Irwin.

“I have never feared failure” Do is quoted as telling the weekend Australian.

Do equates his nonchalance towards failure as developed out of his escape from Vietnam on a 9-meter fishing boat bound for Australia. Do’s father was able to sail the craft against a sea of uncertainty delivering the 40 lives on board to a new start in Australia.

Do’s show has taken over three months to create and is comprised of the faces of many of his friends.



Man 9
oil on linen
153 x 122cm

“I try to pick people if I think I can show the whole story in their faces”

Do offers 10 portraits of men’s faces composed in using his impasto style. The faces are a paradox of human nature and can be consider to be the depiction behind our public facades.


Man 10
oil on linen
153 x 122cm

The show runs 22 April – 10 May.

Olsen Irwin warmly invites all to attend the opening this Wednesday 22 April 6-8pm

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Sophie Cape, Anh Do, Robert Malherbe, Paul Ryan | Paddington Art Prize Finalists 2014

Four artists from the Olsen Irwin stable have been selected as finalists in the Paddington Art Prize this year. The works of Paul Ryan, Robert Malherbe, Sophie Cape and Anh Do will be on show between the 11th and 21st of October.

Established in 2004, The Paddington Art Prize is a painting prize that encourages the landscape as a truly contemporary genre. Given the great tradition of landscape painting in Australia, the prize can be seen as an especially significant one for Australian artists.

The Paddington Art Prize
Saturday, October 11 – Tuesday, October 21
111 – 113 Queen Street Woollahra, NSW 2025. Entrence via Dorhauer Lane

Opening Night – Wednesday October 15 6pm – 8pm



Robert Malherbe, Landscape III, oil on linen, 66 x 56cm



Paul Ryan, Morning of the Earth, oil on linen, 81 x 143cm




Anh Do, Jindabyne Morning, oil on canvas, 152 x 102cm


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Sophie Cape, Glacial Furnace, bitumen, ink, oil, acrylic, soil and etching on paper, 90 x 120cm



Mosman Art Prize 2014 | Finalists

Congratulations to Olsen Irwin artists Jo Bertini, Anh Do, Robert Malherbe, Angus McDonald, Caroline Rannersberger and Paul Ryan for selection as a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize. The official opening for the exhibition of the finalists works and the announcement of the winner will take place on the evening of Thursday 31 July 2014 at the Mosman Art Gallery.

“Now in its 67th year, the Mosman Art Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious municipally funded visual art prizes in Australia. It is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council.” – Mosman Art Gallery

Mosman Art Prize
26 July – 7 September 2014

Mosman Art Gallery
Cnr Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Rd
Mosman NSW 2088


Paul Ryan, Blue boy and dog, oil on linen, 102 x 102 cm, 2014 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Angus McDonald, Ray of Light, Oil on canvas, 75 x 125cm, 2014 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Robert Malherbe, A Walk to the Gallery, Oil on linen, 66 x 56cm, 2013 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Caroline Rannersberger, Towards Cloudy Corner, Oil on Belgian linen, 3 x [97 x 39.5cm], 2013 – finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Paul Ryan | Anh Do | Illawarra Mercury

In the lead up to the announcement of the 2014 Archibald Prize, Paul Ryan stars on the cover of Illawarra Mercury. Ryan will be hung in the 2014 Archibald Prize along with friend, former student and fellow Olsen Irwin artist Anh Do.

“Comedian Anh Do learnt the tricks of painting from Thirroul-based artist Paul Ryan. Today, both student and teacher are celebrating being selected as finalists in the Archibald Prize.” – Joshua Butler, Illawarra Mercury

Read the full article here on the Illawarra Mercury website.

The winner of the 2014 Archibald Prize will be announced this Friday 18 July at 12pm. The finalists work will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes
19 July – 28 September 2014
Art Gallery of New South Wales
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Archibald and Wynne Prize | Finalists

Olsen Irwin are proud to announce finalists for the 2014 Archibald and Wynne Prizes.

Finalists in the Archibald Prize include Olsen Irwin artists Paul Ryan, Alan Jones, Julian Meagher and Anh Do. Wynne Prize finalists include Guy Maestri and Robert Malherbe.

2014 marks the 11th time Paul Ryan has been hung as a finalist in the Archibald Prize. Alan Jones was also shortlisted in 2013 with a portrait of Pat Corrigan AM. Anh Do and Julian Meagher are first time finalists in 2014.

Robert Malherbe will be hung as a finalist in the Wynne Prize for the 4th time. This will be Guy Maestri’s third year in a row as a finalist in the Wynne Prize. The annual Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture.

Olsen Irwin would like to congratulate all finalists for this outstanding achievement. A full list of finalists can be viewed here on the Art Gallery of New South Wales website.


Alan Jones, Adam, 2014, Oil and acrylic on linen, 171 x 156 cm – 2014 Archibald Prize Finalist


Anh Do, Father, Oil on canvas, 2014, 244 x 200 cm – 2014 Archibald Prize Finalist


Julian Meagher, John Waters – the clouds will cloud, 2014, Oil on linen, 71 x 55 cm – 2014 Archibald Prize Finalist


Paul Ryan, Rox, 2014, Oil on linen, 240 x 200cm – 2014 Archibald Prize Finalist


Guy Maestri, East west cutting, 2014, Oil on linen, 184 x 225 cm – 2014 Wynne Prize Finalist


Robert Malherbe, The Domain after a storm, 2014, Oil on linen, 66 x 56cm – 2014 Wynne Prize Finalist


Jo Bertini | Anh Do | Paul Ryan | Percival Portrait Painting Prize

Jo BertiniPaul Ryan and Anh Do and have all been named as finalists in the 2014 Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize. The finalists’ work is currently being exhibited at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville until 13 July 2014.

Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize
Finalists’ exhibition
09 May – 13 Jul 2014

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Corner of Denham Street and Flinders Mall
Townsville QLD 4810

Jo Bertini, Explorers(Peter-&-Jhumpa), Oil on canvas, 122 x 112cm

Jo Bertini, Explorers – Peter & Jhumpa (The best legs in the desert), 2013, Oil on canvas, 122 x 112cm

Anh Do, Ronnie, 2014

Anh Do, Ronnie, 2014, Oil on canvas, 152 x 122cm

Paul Ryan, Fieldsy, 2014, Oil on linen, 220 x 200

Paul Ryan, Fieldsy, 2014, Oil on linen, 220 x 200


Anh Do | Kogarah Art Prize

Anh Do has been awarded the Kogarah Art Prize and Packing Room Prize for his work ‘Wombat Man’, pictured below. Established in 2012, The City of Kogarah Art Prize is an annual acquisitive prize for painting with prizes valued at $12,000.

Judge Anne Loxley, C3West Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, deemed Do’s work, “… a commanding portrait, and the bravura of his painting style is very impressive.”

Finalists in the Kogarah Art Prize will be exhibited at Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre from Tuesday 17 June until Sunday 13 July 2014.

The City of Kogarah Art Prize
Finalists’ exhibition
17 June – 13 July 2014

Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre
O’Keefes Lane
Kogarah NSW 2217


Anh Do, Wombat Man, 2013, 122 x 92cm