‘The Art of Dinosaur Designs’- an evening with gallery director Tim Olsen’s sister, Louise Olsen and gallery artist Stephen Ormandy.


Thursday 17 November at Buzo modern European, 3 Jersey Road, Woollahra.


Tickets available here

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Now open at the Newcastle Art Gallery, John Olsen’s ‘The City’s Son’, a retrospective of John’s work that is a wonderful celebration of his affection for his birth place with carefully selected works capturing the Hunter regions waterways together with beaches, lakes, and wetlands.

The show also features the new acquisition by John entitled ‘King  Sun and the Hunter’.

For more information visit their website here and read the article on the ABC News here


From the Newcastle Gallery website:

‘This exhibition celebrates master painter and Australian living treasure, John Olsen OBE, AO.

Born in Newcastle in 1928, Olsen considers himself a Novocastrian and in November he returns home to curate an exhibition that captures the essence of his birthplace. 

JOHN OLSEN: The City’s Son, features works personally chosen by the artist that reflect his affection for Newcastle and the Hunter region’s waterways; the beaches, harbour, lake, river and wetlands. Describing the works of art selected as ‘going coastal’ they resonate with the city’s relaxed culture and lifestyle heart. Importantly, the exhibition will showcase 35 works of art from the Gallery’s collection including ceramics, prints and paintings spanning 1954 -1992.

The exhibition also unveils a major new work celebrating Newcastle and the Hunter region.

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Don’t miss your chance to win a once in a lifetime experience to visit John Olsen’s studio and have lunch with the artist.

Enter the Newcastle Art Gallery’s raffle to be one of 6 lucky winners.

Details below.

home-with-dogsJohn Olsen by Hugh Stewart

From the gallery’s website:

‘With less than three weeks to go before the opening of the exhibition, JOHN OLSEN: The City’s Son, at the Newcastle Art Gallery, the Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation has announced a special opportunity for the people of Newcastle to be involved in this unique venture – a collaboration between the artist, the Gallery and Foundation and the city which was his childhood home and inspiration.

This is your chance to be one of only six successful ticket holders to be a guest at John Olsen’s studio in the Southern Highlands to meet the artist, have a peek into his studio and enjoy lunch together. This is a rare opportunity indeed. Only one hundred tickets are being made available to the public and to Foundation and Art Gallery Society members.

The tickets can be purchased on the Foundation’s website or at the Gallery.

The ticket price of $250 includes transport, refreshments along the way, and exclusive access to John Olsen and his work. The 6 winners will be announced at the opening of the exhibition JOHN OLSEN: The City’s Son on 4th November 2016. The studio visit is scheduled for early February 2017.

Click here to buy a ticket from their website.

This will be a unique opportunity to see John Olsen, an iconic Australian artist, and Newcastle’s son.

All Proceeds will assist the Foundation’s fundraising campaign to purchase the work The river is a strong brown God 2016, which John Olsen is creating especially for this exhibition. Let’s make sure it has pride of place in our Newcastle Art Gallery.

100 tickets to be sold. Raffle to be drawn by John Olsen on Friday 4th November 2016 at the Newcastle Art Gallery at 6.30pm. Winning ticket holders will be notified by phone or e-mail.’

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Sophie Cape | Paul Ryan | Artist talk at National Trust S.H Ervine Gallery

Sophie Cape and Paul Ryan will be holding an artist talk for the Salon des Refuses this Sunday afternoon at the National Trust S.H Ervine Gallery.

National Trust S.H Ervine Gallery, 2 Watson Rd, Millers Point NSW 2000
Sunday 14 September, 3pm


Sophie Cape in front of her work, in the Salon des Refuses,
‘The Earth Whirls Toward a Creation Unknown’, 2014, mixed media on canvas, 206 x 297cm


Paul Ryan’s work, in the Salon des Refuses
‘Mountain North, Mountain South’, 2014, oil on linen, 81 x 143cm


Guy Maestri | Winner | The King's School Art Prize

Congratulations to Guy Maestri for winning The King’s School Art Prize! The $20,000 acquisitive award is awarded annually to the “best contemporary artwork, created by an artist resident in Australia and represented by a commercial gallery”. The award was judged by Edmund Capon AM OBE, former Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (1978 – 2011).

The King’s School Art Prize
22 – 24 August 2014

The King’s School
7-129 Pennant Hills Road
North Parramatta NSW 2151

Guy Maestri, Landscape Painting No 4, 2014, oil on linen, 97 x 112cm

Guy Maestri, Landscape Painting No 4, 2014, oil on linen, 97 x 112cm – Winner – The King’s School Art Prize


Chris Langlois | Points in Time

Chris Langlois’ work is being celebrated with a major touring survey Points in Time now on the Gold Coast City Art Gallery. The exhibition was developed by Gippsland Art Gallery and Manly Art Gallery and Museum and has already toured four regional galleries in 2013 and 2014. Points in Time will be on show at Gold Coast City Art Gallery until 14 September and will then travel to Orange Regional Gallery in October 2014 for it’s sixth and final stop.

In the documentary above, Langlois shares his thoughts on his work and the exhibition – giving insight into his concepts, working process and studio.

Chris Langlois
Points in Time
Gold Coast City Art Gallery QLD:  2 August—14 September 2014
Orange Regional Gallery NSW:  3 October—16 November 2014

Olsen Irwin are currently showing an exhibition of Chris Langlois’ new work, Weather Systems. Please join us for the opening this Saturday 2-4pm at 63 Jersey Road, Woollahra.

Chris Langlois
Weather Systems
20 August – 7 September 2014

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025


Gwyn Hanssen Pigott | Newcastle Art Gallery

Legacy: A tribute to Marea Gazzard & Gwyn Hanssen Pigott is a tribute to Marea Gazzard (AO, CBE) and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott who both sadly passed away in 2013. In respect to these important artists, Newcastle Art Gallery pays homage to their collective talent with a selection of works from the 1960s to 2013, that include works from private and public collections.” – Newcastle Art Gallery

A tribute to Gwyn Hanssen Pigott and Marea Gazzard
23 August – 16 November 2014

Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street
Newcastle NSW 2300

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‘At The Gates’, 2003, dimensions variable, 13 pieces glazed Limoges and Southern Ice porcelain – Image courtesy Brian Hands


Paul Ryan | Mosman Art Prize Winning Artists in Conversation | Mosman Art Gallery

Paul Ryan will be talking this Sunday 10 August at 2pm at Mosman Art Gallery about his highly commended work in the, Mosman Art Prize Blue boy and dog. Ryan received the Commendation Prize for $5,000 from Mosman Art Prize sponsor Tim Cecil Jr of Henry Bucks.

“Mosman Art Prize winner, Michael Muir, Commendation Prize winner Paul Ryan and young emerging artist Eric Davidson Gluyas will come together to talk about their common experiences and aspirations associated with art prizes. They will also share insights into the nature of their practise and the stories behind their artworks.” – Mosman Art Gallery

Mosman Art Prize Winning Artists in Conversation
Sunday 10 August at 2pm

Mosman Art Gallery
Cnr Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Rd
Mosman 2088 Australia
Bookings for the event can be made by clicking here


Paul Ryan, Blue boy and dog, 2014, Oil on linen, 102 x 102cm, Highly commended, Mosman Art Prize 2014

“The boy in Blue boy and dog is an appropriation of the famous Thomas Gainsborough painting The blue boy a portrait of Johnathan Buttall the son of his friend. It is likely that the painting is an example of homoerotic paintings of boys that were among the most desirable collector objects of the time. The theme of the painting is the transition from youth to manhood. My blue boy is removed from the dark brooding landscape and placed in a white void – a timeless space.

I am also interested in the transition of boy to man. My own son is 14 years of age.
In many ways we [men] are eternally negotiating this transition. Most of us never fully complete the journey, myself included for starters – we don’t want to go the distance. We can’t, won’t let go of youth. This painting is as much about my son’s transition to manhood, as my attempts to come to terms with being middle aged – not quite old, but no longer young.There is a power, a wonderful energy that grows in us in early manhood, it wanes but never dies. It is what drives us.

My blue boy has a companion dog, beast. Is it friend or foe? Will the dog guide him through the labyrinth, or tear him to shreds. I suspect it is a bit of both.” – Paul Ryan, 2014


Sophie Cape | In conversation with Richard Morecroft

Watch Sophie Cape in conversation with broadcaster Richard Morecroft discussing the exhibition Shadows of White – From Shaolin to Everest. The event was hosted on Saturday 19 July 2014, the final day of Sophie Cape’s 2014 exhibition at Olsen Irwin Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture.


Tamara Dean | Chrysalis Magazine

ChrysalisMag1Tamara Dean discusses her artistic practice with Yie Sandison in the current issue of Chrysalis Magazine.

“I visualise my work almost like it’s a piece of music. It might start in a particular way and then it builds – it still remains the same piece of music but you add to it so it becomes a richer piece.” – Tamara Dean, Chrysalis Magazine

Read the entire interview online here.