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October 3 2012
Amsterdam born, New York based artist Jan Frank isn’t shy about the fact that he believes he is the next Cy Twombly and is continuing the tradition of his favourite artist Mondrian. Luckily for Frank, his confidence in himself is not at all misplaced. Both his personality and his work inspire the sort of admiration and respect that justify his self-belief.
October 1 2012
Ethereality is inherent in Marisa Purcell’s latest body of work, aptly titled ‘Halo’, presented by Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney. Her series of oil
paintings are contemporary meditations on pre-Renaissance sacred imagery, responding particularly to the work of Fra Angelico in Florence’s San Marco monastery, which took Purcell’s interest during her residency in Chianti,
Italy earlier this year.
30 September 2012
Ethereality is inherent in Marisa Purcell’s latest body of work, aptly titled ‘Halo’, presented by Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney. Her series of oil paintings are contemporary meditations on pre-Renaissance sacred imagery, responding particularly to the work of Fra Angelico in Florence’s San Marco monastery, which took Purcell’s interest during her residency in Chianti, Italy earlier this year._continue reading
Tuesday 25th September
"I think as a New-York based painter, to fully understand Australian painting, one has to rediscover the importance and validity of modernism - I did; and am very happy for it," said Jan Frank. For his first exhibition here, Minimalism to Modernism, Jan Frank's painting for Australia, the painter eschews his female nudes to focus more on abstract expressionism by way of de Kooning and Mondrian. The resultant works are full of vivid energy, powerful colours and questing lines._continue reading
August 30 2012
As Brisbanes creative scene continues to burgeon, the annual design calendar is filled with gatherings that celebrate local, national and international design genius. Returning to Brisbane for the fifth year, Semi- Permanent is one such event, which will invite eight of the worlds leading artists and designers to the Australian stage to discuss their work, philosophies and design identity with the local crowd. Speakers who will be fuelling the imaginations of attendees at the event (held at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on August 30) will include artist Paul Davies, designer Ben Orpin and photographer Andrew Quilty._continue reading
Newcastle born artist John Olsen gathered his emotions as he stood in front of his artwork at Newcastle Art Gallery yesterday evening.
Olsen painted the 1964 ceiling mural titled The Sea Sun of 5 Bells for his friend Dr Ann Lewis and it was unveiled last night as part of the gallery's latest exhibition.
August 3rd 2012
Matthew Johnson's paintings are all about colour. His canvases feature swathes of diffuse background colours overlaid with soft-edged circles. Like the dot screen of a reproduced picture on a printed page, these layers come together to seduce the eye with hidden patterns and swirling lines. Johnson's latest show, Coalescence (pictured, until August 12, Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am- 5pm, Sunday noon-5pm, Tim Olsen Gallery 63 Jersey Road Woollahra 9327 3922) continues this painterly experimentation but, with a break from more than a decade of exploring the depths of his trademark diffuse fields, the artist had introduced vibrant colours and hard edges. The results are remarkable, bringing a new and visually scintillating vibrancy to the work.
My Exhibition with Tim Olsen Gallery develops the imaging of land and sky that has been a focus for me for the past 15 years. The broad source for this imagery comes from my experiences in central New South Wales, to where I often travel and where I am always an outsider, a visitor. It is my encounter there with distance, stillness and silence that I find memorable, and the imaging of this experience has propelled much of my recent painting._continue reading
June 6 2012
In an era of fleeting fads, Ann Thomson's works invite quiet contemplation, writes Joyce Morgan_continue reading
On February 17 this year, Sophie Cape was painting alone on an Austrian mountain side, when a terrifying roar of wind heralded an avalanche. The Sydney artist was buried, along with 4 large canvases laid out on the snow._continue reading
8 May 2012
Mosman artist Jo Bertini's latest exhibition of desert paintings has a sad footnote. The paintings were inspired by her outback trip last year when she was due to meet up with ABC journalist Paul Lockyer.
However, Lockyer, his cameraman John Bean and pilot Gary Ticehurst, died in a helicopter crash on the eastern shore of Lake Eyre.
"I was devastated - I had only just been talking to Paul," Bertini said.
Nominated as a finalist for the past two years in the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW, Jo Bertini’s art has come full circle. As a young, budding artist in the early 1980s, Jo eagerly left Australia for Milan and all the opportunities that Europe offered culturally and artistically. After being firmly ensconced in Italy and France for ten years, a brief visit to Australia saw Jo experience a ‘shock of recognition’ that Australia really was ‘home’._continue reading
Painter Gria Shead keeps the words of Australian still-life Margaret Olley in mind as she works. "Margaret always said, 'Paint what is in front of you' and it's a mantra that I live by," says the Sydney based artist. "what she meant is not to search too far from what's close to you and relates to your life. For her, that was painting her home. For me, it is finding a common thread linking me to the interiors of the buildings I paint."_continue reading
April 25 2012
The evolution of sophisticated but relatively cheap digital cameras, the availability of computer software means pretty much anyone these days can call themselves a photographer._continue reading
If there are paintings on the walls of artist Martine Emdur's living room, I must have overlooked them. Dominating the room is a dramatic view of the Pacific Ocean, framed by French doors flung open on this balmy summer day. Fitting indeed, for the artist who has made her name exploring it's depths. "It's different every time I go underwater," says the petite Emdur, who has invited me into her home to see her latest body of work. "Theres endless amounts of offerings from down there, which I'm happy to grab."_continue reading