Robert Malherbe Plein Air Semi Finalist

Olsen Irwin is please to announce the Robert Malherbe has been selected as an Plain Air Semi Finalist.

The prize of $20,000 will be awarded for the best ‘plein air’ painting of NSW subject

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an annual event and is recognised by plein air artists throughout Australia. The Parliament of NSW encourages all artists to enter, with finalists and semi-finalists exhibited at the Parliament of NSW, Sydney in June and July 2015. Contemporary Australian artists paint ‘en plein air’ both in the bush and the city.


Robert Malherbe

Trees Near a Lake 2015

Oil on Linen

60 x 81cm

The term ‘en plein air’ refers to the practice of painting out of doors, in direct engagement with nature, where the transitory effects of light can be observed and recorded.

The prize encourages artists to embrace the tradition and feel of ‘plein air’ to create new art works depicting subjects in the beautiful state of NSW.

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Robert Malherbe | Studio Visit

We recently visited artist Robert Malherbe at his Sydney studio in anticipation of an exhibition of his works due for late November.

Robert has carefully been creating a series of still life paintings revolving around the subject of flowers. These depictions are tender, contemplative and possess a complexity that isn’t obvious at first glance. In an interview with ABC for their Mental As… project, The artist explained that he finds that still life’s, and flowers in particular are very interesting to paint due to their ephemerality and the way that this quality positions them so exquisitely between life and death.

Robert was born in Mauritius in 1965 but migrated to Australia in 1971. A self-taught painter, he has been exhibiting his art since 1999. Robert lives in the Blue Mountains and works in Sydney.

His exhibition ‘Gathered In Spring’ will open in late November at Olsen Irwin works on paper, small paintings and sculpture, 40 Queen St.

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Sophie Cape, Anh Do, Robert Malherbe, Paul Ryan | Paddington Art Prize Finalists 2014

Four artists from the Olsen Irwin stable have been selected as finalists in the Paddington Art Prize this year. The works of Paul Ryan, Robert Malherbe, Sophie Cape and Anh Do will be on show between the 11th and 21st of October.

Established in 2004, The Paddington Art Prize is a painting prize that encourages the landscape as a truly contemporary genre. Given the great tradition of landscape painting in Australia, the prize can be seen as an especially significant one for Australian artists.

The Paddington Art Prize
Saturday, October 11 – Tuesday, October 21
111 – 113 Queen Street Woollahra, NSW 2025. Entrence via Dorhauer Lane

Opening Night – Wednesday October 15 6pm – 8pm



Robert Malherbe, Landscape III, oil on linen, 66 x 56cm



Paul Ryan, Morning of the Earth, oil on linen, 81 x 143cm




Anh Do, Jindabyne Morning, oil on canvas, 152 x 102cm


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Sophie Cape, Glacial Furnace, bitumen, ink, oil, acrylic, soil and etching on paper, 90 x 120cm



Robert Malherbe | ABC Mental As… Art Auction

Robert Malherbe joins a group of other high profile artists who will be donating an artwork each to auction as part of ABC Mental As… a week long initiative to run during Mental Health Week, 5 – 12 October. The online auction is intended to help raise funds to boost mental health research in Australia.

“The artworks being auctioned for ABC Mental As… are not just vibrant pieces from some of our most cherished artists but also reflect the reason why we are supporting this initiative.” ABC Managing director Mark Scott

The artworks all consider mental illness as a theme and are each available for sale in the online auction, concluding on Sunday the 12th of October.

The artworks will be on display to the public in the ABC’s Ultimo foyer from Monday September 29 to October 10.

Bidding will go live on Thursday the 2nd of October. For more information, to view the works and register to bid in the auction, click here.


Robert Malherbe, Tulips for M.D, 2014, oil on linen, 61 x 50cm


Archibald and Wynne Prize | Finalists

Olsen Irwin are proud to announce finalists for the 2014 Archibald and Wynne Prizes.

Finalists in the Archibald Prize include Olsen Irwin artists Paul Ryan, Alan Jones, Julian Meagher and Anh Do. Wynne Prize finalists include Guy Maestri and Robert Malherbe.

2014 marks the 11th time Paul Ryan has been hung as a finalist in the Archibald Prize. Alan Jones was also shortlisted in 2013 with a portrait of Pat Corrigan AM. Anh Do and Julian Meagher are first time finalists in 2014.

Robert Malherbe will be hung as a finalist in the Wynne Prize for the 4th time. This will be Guy Maestri’s third year in a row as a finalist in the Wynne Prize. The annual Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture.

Olsen Irwin would like to congratulate all finalists for this outstanding achievement. A full list of finalists can be viewed here on the Art Gallery of New South Wales website.


Alan Jones, Adam, 2014, Oil and acrylic on linen, 171 x 156 cm – 2014 Archibald Prize Finalist


Anh Do, Father, Oil on canvas, 2014, 244 x 200 cm – 2014 Archibald Prize Finalist


Julian Meagher, John Waters – the clouds will cloud, 2014, Oil on linen, 71 x 55 cm – 2014 Archibald Prize Finalist


Paul Ryan, Rox, 2014, Oil on linen, 240 x 200cm – 2014 Archibald Prize Finalist


Guy Maestri, East west cutting, 2014, Oil on linen, 184 x 225 cm – 2014 Wynne Prize Finalist


Robert Malherbe, The Domain after a storm, 2014, Oil on linen, 66 x 56cm – 2014 Wynne Prize Finalist


Olsen Irwin | Art Month, Art At Night

With Sydney’s Art Month in full swing, join Olsen Irwin for the Paddington/Woollahra Art At Night on Thursday 13 March from 6-8pm. The gallery will be open for extended hours to allow guests to view our current exhibitions:


Robert Malherbe
What’s There is There
5 – 23 March 2014
Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road, Woollahra


Tamara Dean
The Edge
5 – 23 March 2014
Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road, Woollahra


Paul Ryan
Happy Days on the Leisure Coast
Olsen Irwin Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture
40 Queen Street, Woollahra

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Robert Malherbe | Artist Profile

Robert Malherbe is known for his lush style of painting. His works breeze through the picture plane, reflecting an accomplished and confident artist with an eye for the visually engaging” – A. J. Edwards, Artist Profile

Artist Profile‘s A. J. Edwards previews the works of Robert Malherbe for his exhibition ‘What’s There is There’ at Olsen Irwin. Reflecting on the ardent ‘sculpting’ of paint, Edwards states “… [Malherbe] believes that if you work quickly, the painting will have a greater freshness, and perhaps more serendipitous happenings will occur as paint and lines mix, merge and spontaneously happen” – A. J. Edwards, Artist Profile

Robert Malherbe
What’s There is There
Opening Saturday 8 March 2-4pm
Exhibition  5 – 23 March 2014

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025

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Robert Malherbe | The Design Files

Yet another Olsen Irwin artist has been spotted on the hugely popular Australian interior design blog, The Design Files. Robert Malherbe‘s work features in the stunning South Melbourne home of Penelope Loorham and Douglas McMeekin. Malherbe’s oil on linen nudes beautifully offset the lush furnishings to become the centerpiece in the room. You can view all works available by Robert Malherbe here.


Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Harding, Maestri, Malherbe and Ryan | Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

Congratulations to Olsen Irwin artists’ Nicholas Harding, Guy Maestri, Robert Malherbe and Paul Ryan, who have all been selected as semi-finalists in the Doug Moran National Portraiture Prize. View the selected works below.

The Moran Arts Foundation was established by Doug and Greta Moran as a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation whose objective is to support the Arts in Australia. Since it’s inception in 1988, the Doug Moran National Portraiture Prize has been considered one of Australia’s most prestigious awards.

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Nicholas Harding, Paris Portrait (Anna), 2013, Watercolour and gouache on paper 112 x 76cm

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Nicholas Harding, Rob Hirst, 2013, Gouach on paper, 112 x 76cm


Guy Maestri, Les, 2013


Robert Malherbe, Miriam – Woman in a Black Camisole, 2013


Paul Ryan, Fieldsy, 2013, Oil on linen, 240 x 200cm


Olsen Irwin Finalists

Olsen Irwin are proud to announce the following artists as finalists in the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Archibald Prize Finalist:

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Amanda Marburg, ‘Ken Done’, oil on linen, 120 x 155cm, 2012

Sulman Prize Finalist:

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan, ‘Fine Young Cannibal’, oil on linen, 100 x 100cm, 2012

Wynne Prize Finalist:

Guy Maestri, ‘Last Light Over Balls Pyramid’, 183 x 152cm, oil on linen, 2013

Wynne Prize Finalist:

Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding, ‘Yuraygir Pandanus with Swamp, Oak and Pigface’, oil on Belgian linen, 178 x 183cm, 2013

Wynne Prize Finalist:

Robert Malherbe, ‘Govetts Leap’, oil on linen, 92cm x 121cm

Image available shortly at Robert Malherbe’s artist page.