Destination Sydney Exhibition

Olsen Irwin is thrilled to announce that two of our artists have been selected to be featured in the Destination Sydney Exhibition.

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Destination Sydney is a multi-venue exhibition across the Manly Art Gallery, Mosman Art Gallery and S.H. Ervin Gallery designed to promote cultural tourism around Sydney.

Both John Olsen and Cressida Campbell have been selected to be part of a collaborative exhibition across three of Sydney’s key public galleries.

Sydney has long been a point of focus and convergence for many artists born in other parts of Australia. The beauty of the city’s bush harbour foreshores, the quality of light and palpable sense of energy and movement within the city has provided many artists an ongoing inspiration and a wealth of rich source materials from which to draw.

Each of the artists selected for this exhibition have been influenced by their experiences of living and working in Sydney that the city and its harbour have become central themes within their artistic production. Some of the artists selected were born in Sydney, but found that the city’s pictorial and poetic possibilities inspired them only after a long stint travelling abroad.

Over 140 artworks have been lent for the exhibitions with many coming from private collections making this exhibition a must see.




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Cressida Campbell | Gift Cards

Cressida Campbell‘s unique woodblock print works will soon be available in a range of gift cards. There are 36 designs available, all new compositions taken from details of her larger original woodblock works. The cards will be available for purchase from November online at cressidacampbell.com and from all good book stores, and selected gift shops.

Cressida Campbell images Cressida Campbell release Still Life box3


Gwyn Hanssen Pigott | Cressida Campbell | 10 Australian artists of the past 50 years | The Australian

Olsen Irwin artists Cressida Campbell and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott have been named in Christopher Allen’s ’10 Australian artists of the past 50 years’.

“Campbell shows how beauty and significance can be found in the most humble of subjects, simply by attentiveness to the world and care in the crafting of the image, in her case through an elaborate and personal adaptation of Japanese ukiyoe technique.” – Christopher Allen, The Weekend Australian

“Gwyn Hansen Pigott was one of Australia’s finest potters; her still life assemblages make a slightly eclectic reference to the paintings of Morandi, but the ceramic forms themselves speak of the complete harmony of mind and hand in the potter’s craft.” – Christopher Allen, The Weekend Australian

Read the article in its’ entirety here on The Weekend Australian website.


Cressida Campbell, On the mantlepiece, 1985, Woodblock (watercolour on incised plywood), 48 x 95cm


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


Cressida Campbell | The Design Files

The Design Files have once again featured Cressida Campbell – this time taking us into her stunning Sydney home, located in the beach-side suburb of Bronte. Among the impressive collection of art and artifacts is the work of fellow Olsen Irwin artists Stephen Bird, Nicholas Harding, Chris Langlois and Luke Sciberras.

Click here to read the full article on The Design Files


The Design Files: Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The Design Files: Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.
The Design Files: Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The Design Files: Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The Design Files: Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The Design Files: Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Cressida Campbell, Cherry Hood | Grace Cossington Smith Gallery

The work of Olsen Irwin artist’s Cressida Campbell and Cherry Hood features in the exhibition ‘Mentors: Inspirational Women’ at the newly opened Grace Cossington Smith Gallery. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition focuses on positive female role models that inspire the students and others to engage in a critical reflection with their works.

“By its very nature, the visual arts are about sharing experiences, and this inspirational group of artists has been consistently generous in providing opportunity for us to share their vision.” – Mary Faith, director, GCS Gallery Abbotsleigh

The not-for-profit gallery is run by Abbotsleigh, an Anglican School for girls and is named in honour of artist and past student Grace Cossington Smith. The gallery will be an active teaching space for the school as well as offer a changing programme of exhibitions and activities accessible to the wider community.

Mentors: Inspirational Women
13 October – 5 December 2013
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Grace Cossington Smith Gallery
1666 Pacific Highway
Wahroonga NSW 2076


Cherry Hood, Breaking the spell of all our yesterdays, 2010, Watercolour and gouache on paper, 27 x 20cm, $3,500


Cressida Campbell, Fern still life, 2013, Unique woodblock print, 101 x 90cm, $55,000


Cressida Campbell | The Design Files

The Design Files have featured a stunning interview with Cressida Campbell in her Waverly studio. An absolute must read – Cressida details the laborious yet rewarding process of completing one of her unique woodblock prints, tells of local inspiration and even gives away her best kept Sydney secrets.

“Cressida Campbell is nothing short of a master in her field – her breathtakingly detailed works are highly collectable, and are held in some of the most prestigious public collections in the world, from the National Gallery of Australia to the British Museum.” – Lucy Feagins, The Design Files

For more beautiful images and the whole interview – click here.


The Design Files: Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


The Design Files: Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


The Design Files: Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


The Design Files: Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Cressida Campbell | Artist Profile


Artist Profile‘s Bridget MacLeod visited Cressida Campbell in her Sydney studio to discuss her most recent exhibition, working practice and impressive career.

Of her early work Campbell says, “In the beginning it was more primitive in a way. It was less detailed. Some early works come off in a way I wouldn’t do now, but there’s an energy to them that’s good. I think different strengths come out at different times in each period of your life. Those early ones had a boldness that was lively but possibly not as subtle. Sophisticated is not quite the right word, but your eye gets more critical, which is great.”

Campbell also gives us some insight into what’s to come, “I want to do some works looking through windows, inspired by this fantastic exhibition called ‘A Room with a View’ at the National Gallery in London. I’m also starting to do one intense drawing and then choose details from it to try and get a lot of compositions out of one study.”

The interview is featured in the current issue of Artist’s Profile, out now.