Jan Frank | Nahmad Contemporary | NYC

Olsen Irwin artist Jan Frank’s work is currently on show at Nahmad Contemporary in New York. Running from 25 June to 26 July 2014, the exhibition includes exhibited thirty-two ink drawings by Frank, encircling a single sculpture by John Chamberlain.

“John and I had a relationship for almost 25 years, always with the idea of showing together. Upon viewing his last show at Gagosian Gallery, NYC (2011). I was prompted to title and dedicate to him a large series of drawings I was about to embark on, positioning me to twist the lines to compress a form akin to the totem. In the “Crush” series for John Chamberlain, I found the sculptures produced for John’s last show so elegantly monumental, that homage to his work felt so honorable, and this reflection injected a sculptural glamour into my drawings; it gave me a new step.” – Jan Frank

Jan Frank: Gangster of Love / CRUSHED
A series of drawings for John Chamberlain
25 June – 26 July 2014

Nahmad Contemporary
980 Madison Avenue
3rd FloorNew York, NY 10075   JNA_JanFrank_0625148290_web JNA_JanFrank_0625148297_webJNA_JanFrank_0625148275 installs_web


Noah Taylor | New Works | Exhibition Opening

Claudia Karvan kindly opened Noah Taylor’s exhibition ‘New Works‘ at Olsen Irwin Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture on Saturday 7 June 2014. Due to Taylor’s acting commitments in the UK, he was unfortunately unable to attend the opening of the exhibition, instead asking childhood friend Karvan to step in. It was Karvan who initially introduced Taylor’s work to Olsen Irwin director, Tim Olsen, making her the obvious choice to open the exhibition. Watch Karvan’s speech and scenes from the opening in the video above.

Noah Taylor
New Works
4 – 21 June 2014

Olsen Irwin
Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture
40 Queen Street
Woollahra NSW 2025


Guy Maestri | Art of Music | Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Morning Herald’s  spoke with Guy Maestri about his work for the charity auction event, Art of Music. ‘Are you Leaving for the Country’ by Australian band The Drones is both the inspiration and the title of Maestri’s work to be auctioned for the event. Money raised will go to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, ‘founded in 1984 to promote and develop the understanding, training and practice of creative music therapy.’ – Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. For the auction 11 artists were asked to create a work based on an iconic Australian song. Olsen Irwin artists Nicholas Harding, Luke Sciberras and Amanda Marburg are also contributing works to the auction.

Watch Maestri discuss his work and song choice and read the article here on the Sydney Morning Herald website.

Art of Music
Saturday 14 June 2014
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney
Performances by Don Walker, Missy Higgins and Sunny Amoreena


Guy Maestri, ‘Are you Leaving for the Country’, 2014. Nicholas Harding, ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’, 2014


Luke Sciberras, ‘The Belly of the Whale’, 2014. Amanda Marburg, ‘That Ain’t Bad’ 2014


Noah Taylor | New Works | Olsen Irwin

SONY DSCAfter a breakthrough role in the Australian coming of age film The Year My Voice Broke in 1987, Noah Taylor has gone on to become one of Australia’s biggest acting exports with lead roles in Shine, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Red Dog and the cult HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones. Despite his undeniable on-screen success, Taylor admits that acting was something he fell into as an adolescent and his passion lies with in fact with his drawing and painting practice.

Never formally trained as a painter, his simple ink on paper works recall an innate sense of innocence and naivety. These almost childlike figurative works are, however, corrupted by haunting imagery – a small figure on a horse being held up at gun point; dark figures in shadow readying their guns; an isolated and desolate landscape. The scenes and imagery appear as if from an unknown land, the beginning a new civilisation or a re-imagining of the past. There is also an underlying humour in Taylor’s work. One cannot help but smirk when confronted with the scene of a cat offering a supportive pat on the back.

Taylor draws from the subconscious, allowing his brush to intuitively form the bizarre and unsettling narratives. Noah Taylor’s works, although seemingly simple, leave a vivid, complex and – most certainly – a lasting impression.

Noah Taylor
New Works
Exhibition 4 – 21 June 2014
To be opened by Claudia Karvan 7 June 2014

Olsen Irwin
Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture
40 Queen Street
Woollahra NSW 2025


Cressida Campbell | ARTAND Australia

The late Martin Sharp (1942 – 2013) chose the 2002 work of Cressida Campbell, Nasturtiums, for his Artist’s Choice text featured in the current issue of ARTAND Australia.

Writing in October 2013, Sharp states, “A successful artwork contains its energy, it does not loose its strength, but keeps on giving. Such excellence can only be achieved through a diligence that would daunt most.” – Martin Sharp, ARTAND Australia

Sharp also explains Campbell’s painstaking technique used to create her unique woodblock prints. “Cressida’s unusual creation of unique prints where she carves a plywood block. Paints is with water-soluble paints, moisturises the painted block and takes a single impression. Creating the print.” – Martin Sharp, ARTAND Australia

Cressida Campbell, Nasturtiums, 2002, Unique colour woodblock, 58.4 x 60.0 cm


Stephen Bird | ARTAND Australia

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Stephen Bird, Loving Cup, 2009, clay, pigment and glaze, 40 x 31 x 20 cm

Stephen Bird has been included in ARTAND Australia’s So hot right now? Contemporary ceramics and contemporary art.

The article, by Glenn Barkley, discusses the resurgence of ceramics in contemporary art and it’s place in the contemporary art world. Barkley describes Bird’s career progression, from formal training as a painter, to his move into ceramics in the 1990’s. “… his work combining polished technical skill with wit and an element of the grotesque.” – Glenn Barkley, ARTAND Australia

Pick up a copy of ARTAND Australia to read the article.


Paul Davies | Architectural Review

Paul Davies has been featured in the Architectural Review essay ‘Limbo Architecture – Painters of Modernism’ written by Aaron Betsky.

Aaron Betsky is a preeminent curator, writer and educator of architecture, art and design, previously curator of the 11th Exhibition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008, curator of Architecture, Design and Digital Projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from 1995 to 2001 and director of the Cincinnati Art Museum from 2006 to 2014. Discussing postwar modernism and modernist architecture in contemporary art practice, Betsky references Davies work alongside artists such as Gerhard Richter, Peter Doig, Enoc Perez, Stefan Kürten and Paul Winstanley.

Of Davies’ work Betsky writes, “One building, its architecture supposedly neutral in intent and an open frame for living, takes on a variety of different qualities through a combination of perspective and paint.” – Aaron Betsky, Architectural Review

“Davies also paints structures familiar to students of architectural history, such as Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, but in Displaced Villa (2013) he gives it a swimming pool and colours the surroundings that suggest a magic realist version of the tropics.” – Aaron Betsky, Architectural Review




Marie Hagerty | Peter Vandermark | The Art Life

Marie Hagerty and Peter Vandermark‘s current exhibition of New Works at Olsen Irwin has been featured on The Art Life.

“Though they’ve always worked separately in respective painting and sculpture practices, this show demonstrates ample connection through their use of colour, shape and shared influence. At the same it juxtaposes contrasting perspectives – with Hagerty’s curvy, overlapping, semi-abstracted images surprisingly living in harmony with Vandermark’s straight edged, geometric style.” – Sharne Wolff, The Art Life

Read the article here on The Art Life.

Marie Hagerty and Peter Vandermark
New Works
16 April – 4 May

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025


Marie Hagerty, 3 Plane girls II, 2014, collage on paper, 56 x 77cm


Julian Meagher | The Design Files

The Design Files have again featured the work of recent Olsen Irwin addition, Julian Meagher.

“Since we last saw Julian his profile has been well and truly on the rise – earlier this year he gained representation with the highly respected Olsen Irwin Gallery in Sydney, and he’s also currently staging his first solo show in the USA!” – Lucy Feagins, The Design Files

Read the post here on The Design Files.

Julian Meagher’s available works can be viewed here on our website.


‘Floating In A Darkened Sky’ by Julian Meagher, oil on linen, 120cm x 120cm.

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Paul Davies | The Design Files

The Design Files takes us inside the Sydney home and studio of artist Paul Davies and wife Sarah. The small home is filled with an exceptional art collection, including works by other Olsen Irwin artists; Andy Taylor, Michael Johnson and Tim Summerton.

“Paul and Sarah’s apartment proves a theory I have long held, which is that bold and even quite large scale artworks are surprisingly well suited to small spaces, often making rooms feel even bigger / grander than they would with bare walls” – Lucy Feagins, The Design Files

“One particularly treasured piece is a beautiful painting by Andy Taylor which hangs in the couples’ bedroom. ‘All the art we collect is special to us, however our family and friends gave Sarah and I an Andy Taylor painting as a wedding gift!’ says Paul.  ’Andy is one of our favourite artists, and the work reminds us of all the important people in our life’.” – Lucy Feagins, The Design Files

Although the artist has recently relocated to the USA with wife Sarah, they do plan to return to Australia, and their home, in 2015. For more images and to read the entire post on The Design Files, click here.

Paul Davies available works can be viewed here on the Olsen Irwin website.


Black and white abstract painting is by Paul Davies (acrylic on canvas, 2007), painting on right hand side is also by Paul Davies, entitled ‘Home in Blue Forest’ (acrylic on linen 2014). Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Bedroom dresser. Painting – ‘Outside: Afternoon’ by Andy Taylor, oil on canvas, 2011. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Artwork above couch – ‘Hanmer Springs and House’ by Paul Davies, pastel on paper artwork by Michael Johnson, cushions by Sixhands. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Paul hand cutting a stencil in the studio. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Paul’s studio desk. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Paul’s studio. Painting – ‘Home Built in Palms”, acrylic on linen, 2014 – for upcoming solo exhibition at Art District 13 Gallery, Delhi. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Portrait of Paul in his Surry Hills studio, located just a short distance from his home. Artwork behind is ‘Home and Pool’ by Paul, for an upcoming solo exhibition at Art District 13 Gallery, Delhi. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.