07/17/14

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

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07/11/14

Sophie Cape | Studio

Sophie Cape was photographed in her Sydney studio by fellow Olsen Irwin artist Tamara Dean for the Sydney Morning Herald. The images give us a great insight into Cape’s studio, materials and process. The accompanying article, detailing her life as a downhill skier and track cyclist before becoming an artist, was featured in Good Weekend on 31 May 2014read the article here.

Sophie Cape’s exhibition Shadows of White – from Shaolin to Everest is on now at Olsen Irwin, Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture.

Sophie Cape
Shadows of White – from Shaolin to Everest
2 – 20 July 2014

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

All images courtesy Tamara Dean.

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07/10/14

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

06/27/14

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

06/25/14

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

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

01/28/14

Paul Ryan | Studio Visit Q&A

These images were shot on a recent visit to Paul Ryan‘s Thirroul studio. Ryan allowed us a look at his most recent work for the upcoming exhibition ‘Happy Days On The Leisure Coast’ at Olsen Irwin Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture. Ryan’s exhibition will be the first solo show in the recently relaunched Queen Street space, that showcases artists’ smaller and more accessible works. While at Ryan’s the studio, I had a chance to get answers to the questions I’d been itching to ask. Scroll down for the Q&A:

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OI. How do you feel about the focus on your personal life in the media – as the son of a catholic priest and catholic college worker, adopted into a family in New Zealand?
PR. I am very comfortable with the media focus on my personal life and the unique circumstances surrounding my conception, and subsequent adoption.

OI. We saw this influence your recent entry for The Blake Prize ‘My Real Daddy is a Priest’, 2013. Has this influenced much of your other work to date?
PR. ‘My Real Daddy is a Priest’, is the first work I have made regarding my biological father and adoption. I have nothing new to add at the present but don’t rule out more work on this topic at some stage.

PR_Studio_Jan2014_4webPR_Studio_Jan2014_12webOI. With your last exhibition titled ‘Wild Colonial Boys’ and a focus on male explorers, pioneers and first settlers, when will we see some wild colonial girls?
PR. One of the works in the upcoming show ‘Happy Days on the Leisure Coast’, is a group picnic scene with both men and women. Possibly more work to follow with images of colonial women in extravagant dress.

OI. We are beginning to see more references to the notion of a dandy in your work, this seems quite far removed from your life as an artist and surfer in Thirroul. Did you miss your calling?
PR. I have long been attracted to the idea of dressing as a dandy. The thing is, I live in Wollongong, well Thirroul to be precise and getting about as a dandy would draw the wrong sort of attention I suspect. Better to dress in a fashion that renders me inconspicuous. If, however I lived in New York or London, where the winters are very cold I could see myself developing a fine and dandy wardrobe.PR_Studio_Jan2014_13webPR_Studio_Jan2014_1webPaul Ryan
Happy Days On The Leisure Coast
Opening Saturday 1 March 2-4pm
Exhibition 26 February – 29 March 2014

Olsen Irwin
Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture
40 Queen Street
Woollahra NSW 2025
Tues to Sat 11-5 or by appoinment
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10/11/13

Harding, Maestri, Malherbe and Ryan | Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

Congratulations to Olsen Irwin artists’ Nicholas Harding, Guy Maestri, Robert Malherbe and Paul Ryan, who have all been selected as semi-finalists in the Doug Moran National Portraiture Prize. View the selected works below.

The Moran Arts Foundation was established by Doug and Greta Moran as a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation whose objective is to support the Arts in Australia. Since it’s inception in 1988, the Doug Moran National Portraiture Prize has been considered one of Australia’s most prestigious awards.

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Nicholas Harding, Paris Portrait (Anna), 2013, Watercolour and gouache on paper 112 x 76cm

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Nicholas Harding, Rob Hirst, 2013, Gouach on paper, 112 x 76cm

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Guy Maestri, Les, 2013

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Robert Malherbe, Miriam – Woman in a Black Camisole, 2013

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Paul Ryan, Fieldsy, 2013, Oil on linen, 240 x 200cm

08/14/13

Tamara Dean | Highly Commended in Olive Cotton Award

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Brothers – The Edge #15, Archival cotton rag paper, 67 x 100cm

Tamara Dean‘s work ‘Brother’ from ‘The Edge’ series has been highly commended in the Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture at Tweed River Art Gallery. Tamara Dean describes ‘The Edge’ series as ‘,an exploration of the informal rites of passage created by young people in relationship with the natural world. The initiations, and explorations of physical boundaries that occur. The pushing of physical, spiritual and emotional limits in order to discover one’s sense of self.’ – Tamara Dean

Tamara’s work can be viewed at Tweed River Art Gallery as part of the exhibition series ‘The Power of Portraiture’ running until 29 September 2013.

Tweed River Art Gallery
2 Mistral Road
Murwillumbah NSW 2484
Wednesday to Sunday 10am–5pm

Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture 2013
9 August – 29 September 2013