‘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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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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Rex Irwin:

Finally I will retire on the 30 October after 4 years with Olsen Irwin and 40 years with Rex Irwin Art Dealer.  Most of the artists that came with me to Olsen Irwin will continue to exhibit with the gallery, which will now be known as Olsen.

 I would like to thank Tim and Katrina for making my stay at the gallery fun, stimulating and occasionally exasperating (for all of us) I intend to keep the association with Tim and will, from time to time, organize an exhibition at the gallery.

 I would like to thanks all the artists with whom I have been involved over the years for the delight of our journey together and to my clients, many of whom have become dear friends, I thank you for your support, generosity and the occasional kick in the bum, which I’m sure I needed!

 After all these years of changing exhibitions, changing fashion and changing prices I’m in for one last change – but I have no idea what that will be.

 ‘ Plus ça change ’ but I hope not, ‘ plus c’est la même chose.’


Tim Olsen:

It has been a great privilege to work with Rex. He has not only brought much to the gallery, but also the staff and artists who came to continue working with him.  It should not be underestimated how much Rex has contributed to the Australian art scene at large. Exhibitions normally reserved for institutions with artists like David Hockney, Henry Moore and Frank Auerbach to only mention a few.  He has also nurtured and enhanced the reputations and careers of many Australian artists in the aura of these masters. He represents a great eye, a scholarship and a sophistication normally only reserved for Northern Hemisphere galleries. No one else will emulate Rex’s courage and astuteness and the Australian art world will be poorer for his retirement.


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Olsen Irwin would like to help Leila Jeffreys draw awareness to National Bird Week that falls between Monday 17 October and Sunday 23 October for 2016.

‘The celebration of National Bird Week has its origins back in the early 1900s when 28 October was first designated by our predecessor, the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union, as the first ‘Bird Day’. BirdLife Australia organizes and promotes Bird Week with the goal of inspiring Australians to take action and get involved in bird conservation efforts.’ -BirdLife

To help donate, please follow the link here

jeffreysduke-no-2Leila Jeffreys ‘Duke’ Eastern Grass Owl no.2 (2014), fine art inkjet print on archival cotton rag paper, 112 x 89cm, $2,750 (unframed), edition of 14 and 2 Artist Proofs.

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David Band | The Design Files

Pictured below we see the work of the late David Band featured in the stunning interiors from Australia’s favourite style blog, The Design Files. Band’s works bring a simple yet bold graphic element to any space, drawing the viewer in with the subtle and expert use of detail and texture. The wit and personality of the works lights up the interiors of any living space or gallery wall alike.

The work ‘Happiness’ takes pride of place in the founder of the The Design Files’, Lucy Feagins, home office. We also see the work of Band in the homes of some of Australia’s most celebrated artists and designers, such as Rachel Castle, Kirra Jamison and Dane Lovett, Mark and Louella Tuckey, Juliette Arent Squadrito and Matthew Squadrito as well as Natalie Bloom of Bloom Cosmetics. Click the images below to view complete house tours.

The work of the late David Band will be celebrated in an exhibition this October hosted by Olsen Irwin and Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane. Fiona Mahon, David’s partner, has curated this extensive exhibition held over two venues. Working closely with Fiona, the two galleries will be exhibiting paintings, monotypes prints and sculptures executed over a fifteen-year period.

David Band
1 – 19 October 2014

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025


Studio details including custom built table by Gordon Johnson, vintage Eames office chairs, ‘Happiness I’, 2010 limited edition print by David Band, artwork by Kate Tucker, Trashkova gold bin by Boqil, watermelon Olba side table by Jardan. Photo – Eve Wilson, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


‘Tomorrow Morning’ (study) by David Band. Photo – Phu Tang, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


David Band bottles painting. Photo – Sean Fennessy, Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


David Band trumpet print on rear wall. Photo – Sean Fennessy, Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Top Shelf – David Band Limited Edition Print from Olsen Irwin Gallery. Photography – Eve Wilson.


All three three artworks by David Band. Photo by Sean Fennessy, production Lucy Feagins / The Design Files


Artwork on left David Band. All photos by Daniel Mahon. Beautiful.


Yellow print – ‘Scotch Schnapps’ by David Band. Black / white print to the left (detail) ‘A Night in Tunisia’ also by David Band. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


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.


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


Nicholas Harding | Drawing Godot

Images from our friends at Handpicked Wines from the opening of Nicholas Harding’s exhibition ‘Drawing Godot‘. The exhibition documents the Sydney Theatre Company’s 2013 production of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’. With Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving as leads in the production, the exhibition was kindly opened by Richard Roxburgh on Saturday 10 May. This week is the final opportunity to view the exhibition, closing Sunday 25 May.

Olsen Irwin would also like to thank their partner Handpicked Wines for providing the Handpicked Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and Handpicked Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon for the exhibition opening.

Nicholas Harding
Drawing Godot
7 – 25 May 2014

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025

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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.


Olsen Irwin | The New York Times

The New York Times‘ Tony Perrottet visited Olsen Irwin on a recent trip to Sydney. Tasked with discovering the city’s cultural highlights, Perrottet refrained from visiting Sydney’s iconic beaches and landmarks.

“I bounced around the established galleries in Paddington and Woollahra, including Roslyn Oxley9, a light-filled space hidden below a sandstone bluff, and Olsen Irwin, where the caliber of art would be perfectly at home in one of the galleries beside New York’s High Line.” – Tony Perrottet, The New York Times, 11 April 2014

Follow the link to read the entire article.