Marissa Purcell | Ravenswood Art Prize

Olsen Gallery would like to congratulate Marissa Purcell on becoming a finalist in the Ravenswood Art Prize with her work Cage.

The opening night and the announcement of the winner is on Friday the 15th of June.

Artwork details

Cage     2018

mixed media on linen

160 x 198 cm

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OLSEN Gallery would like the congratulate Paul Davies, Peter Gardiner, Laura Jones, Marisa Purcell and Luke Storrier for their participation in Yellow House Gallery’s exhibition (All we can’t see : illustrating the Nauru files).

“An exhibition illustrating the Nauru Files to raise awareness about the human cost of Australia’s offshore detention policy.

In August 2016 The Guardian published The Nauru Files, leaked incident reports written by staff in Australia’s detention center on Nauru between 2013 and 2015. These files detail 2,116 individual cases of assault, sexual abuse, self-harm, child abuse and abhorrent living conditions endured by asylum seekers in the care of the Australian Government.

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For further information see: http://yellowhousesydney.com.au/workshops/2018/1/31/all-we-cant-see-illustrating-the-guardian-nauru-files

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MARISA PURCELL | Finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Marisa Purcell‘s Expanse has been selected as a finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize.

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is an annual prize that was founded to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established female artists in Australia.

Expanse, mixed media on linen, 183 x 153cm


Congratulation’s Marisa.

The winner will be announced at the exhibition opening on 4 August, 2017

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OLSEN artist Marisa Purcell is holding a masterclass at St George School of Fine Arts in collaboration with The Community Education and Arts Development Centre (CEAD). ‘CEAD is an initiative of TAFE NSW Sydney, working with community, industry and government partners.’

‘Gain insight into some of the working methods and techniques used by award-winning artists, explore the ‘language’ of painting, discover traditional techniques and use them in contemporary painting practice or learn fundamentals felt form techniques to create soft sculptures.’

Marisa Purcell
The Art of Indeterminacy. After John Cage
23 and 24 March 10am-4.30pm

For more information please visit the website here

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Marisa Purcell’s up coming exhibition on 1 – 19 February entitled ‘Facet (part b) is featured in this month’s Vogue Living Australia.

Featured image from the article: Marisa Purcell, ‘Disperse’, mixed media on linen, 101 x 83cm, $5,800

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Olsen Irwin would like to congratulate Marisa Purcell on having three works in the final of the Grace Crossington Smith award.

151201_purcell_002Marisa Purcell, Interval, 183 x 153 cm mixed media on linen

unspecifiedMarisa Purcell, Skein, 183 x 168 cm mixed media on linen

151201_purcell_006  Marisa Purcell, Connected, 183 x 168 cm mixed media on linen

The winner is announced on 5 November 2016 with the exhibition running from 5 November to 10 December 2016 at the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery at Abbotsleigh, Wahroonga (Abbotsleigh, Gate 7, 1666 Pacific Highway, Wahroonga 2076)

‘The award is sponsored by Abbotsleigh and commemorates one of its alumni, Grace Cossington Smith, who is known as a pioneer of modernist painting in Australia. Artists were invited to submit original two dimensional artworks reflecting the theme of Making Connections. The winning entry will form part of the permanent collection of Abbotsleigh’s Grace Cossington Smith Gallery.’ –GCS Gallery

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Marisa Purcell | Studio Visit

We paid a visit to Marisa Purcell’s Bondi studio in the months leading up to her exhibition Polyphony, currently on show until 17 August 2014 at Olsen Irwin. Purcell’s light filled studio was a hive of activity as she put the final touches onto her mixed media on linen works. Be sure to visit Olsen Irwin for the final week of Purcell’s show.

Purcell_Studio2014_1Polyphony: from Greek poluphōnia, from polu- ‘many’ + phōnē ‘sound’.
def: The style of simultaneously combining a number of parts, each forming an individual melody and harmonizing with
each other. (“Polyphony.” The Oxford English Dictionary)

“What is the omnipresence of sound? Is it visible?
Is it constant or sporadic?  Is there an underlying rhythm?
Sound is essentially abstract, endless and defies visual description.

The expression of sound through painting is by no means a new idea – Kandinsky’s improvisation paintings of the early 20th century allowed painting to enter into a world of sound, rhythm and timbre, liberating painting from the visual world.

Like sound, a painting has rhythm – the regular alternation between silent gaps and beats. The spaces – the voids – are anything but empty.

In these new paintings, sound dissolves, and dissipates into an underlying field. Where does this sound go? And what form does it take? The colours and marks in these paintings are a playful imagining of how sounds relate – how they cross over, how they resonate and then how they disappear or transmute into another state.

Colours blur out of focus, as if the light hasn’t yet reached us, lines feel as though they are moving away and gestures punctuate to bring together a polyphonic composition in paint. The varied forms of tone and mark reveal distant sounds that have always been present, and will always remain.

To depict is to impose boundaries, and a sense of the infinite is boundless, un-depictable. The abstract becomes the language with which to respond to this boundlessness, to respond to sound.”

Purcell_Studio2014_3 Purcell_Studio2014_4About the artist:

After an initial career as a high school art teacher, Marisa Purcell (b. 1971, Queensland) moved to Sydney in 1994 to pursue a career in art practice. She went on to complete a Post-technician’s certificate in Printmaking from the National Art School, Master of Art Administration at the College of Fine Art UNSW and a Master of Visual Arts from the University of Sydney. In 2006 Purcell received the University of Sydney Postgraduate Award.

Purcell has been awarded prestigious residencies both in Australia and internationally, including a six-month residency in Zürich, Switzerland in 2003, a 2004 residency at the Cite Internationale des arts Paris, in 2008 at Haefligers Cottage, Hill End with Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and with Waverley Council in 2009. Purcell has exhibited Australia wide and internationally in Italy, France, Switzerland, Korea and Hong Kong.

Marisa Purcell
30 July – 17 August

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025 Purcell_Studio2014_5 Purcell_Studio2014_6 Purcell_Studio2014_7 Purcell_Studio2014


Marisa Purcell | Inside Out Magazine

Below are some of the stunning images from Marisa Purcell‘s Bondi home in the latest issue of Inside Out magazine. The vibrant and colourful family home also houses a studio for Purcell as well as a studio for husband, Max Lyandvert, a composer and theatre director.

On the choice of colours in her artwork, Purcell says, “Colour is an instinctual thing for me. When I’m working on a painting, I tend to imagine the tones on the canvas and I see how they might sit before I do it. Other times I just go with the first colour that jumps into my head. It’s a mixture of considered thought and instinct.” – Marisa Purcell, Inside Out

Read the article and view more images of their beautiful home in the April issue of Inside Out – out now.

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Paul Ryan | Stephen Ormandy | Marisa Purcell | The Art Hunter

The work of Olsen Irwin artist’s Paul Ryan, Stephen Ormandy and Marisa Purcell can be seen in The Art Hunter exhibition, currently on until 30 March 2014. Stemming from a collaboration between The Cool Hunter and Jaguar, The Art Hunter is a temporary exhibition running for 3 weeks only in a converted warehouse in Alexandria, Sydney. Curated by Diana Palmer, the exhibition features the work of over 40 artists.

The Art Hunter
11 -30 March 2014
Tue to Fri: 12-8pm
Sat, Sun: 10am – 4pm

90-96 Bourke Road
Alexandria NSW 2015

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Reblog – Design Files

Artist Marisa Purcell in her Sydney studio. Photo – Phu Tang.

Artist Marisa Purcell in her Sydney studio. Photo – Phu Tang.

Here’s a snippet from the article:

“I love Marisa’s large scale works on linen – there is something ethereal and almost a bit cosmic about them… all those hazy spheres and seemingly random bursts of colour feel like snapshots of outer space to me!  Marisa is more ambiguous when describing her work – she says she’s interested in memory, time and space, and ’the experiences of things that permeate us without conscious attention having been paid to them.”



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