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



Mosman Art Prize 2014 | Finalists

Congratulations to Olsen Irwin artists Jo Bertini, Anh Do, Robert Malherbe, Angus McDonald, Caroline Rannersberger and Paul Ryan for selection as a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize. The official opening for the exhibition of the finalists works and the announcement of the winner will take place on the evening of Thursday 31 July 2014 at the Mosman Art Gallery.

“Now in its 67th year, the Mosman Art Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious municipally funded visual art prizes in Australia. It is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council.” – Mosman Art Gallery

Mosman Art Prize
26 July – 7 September 2014

Mosman Art Gallery
Cnr Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Rd
Mosman NSW 2088


Paul Ryan, Blue boy and dog, oil on linen, 102 x 102 cm, 2014 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Angus McDonald, Ray of Light, Oil on canvas, 75 x 125cm, 2014 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Robert Malherbe, A Walk to the Gallery, Oil on linen, 66 x 56cm, 2013 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Caroline Rannersberger, Towards Cloudy Corner, Oil on Belgian linen, 3 x [97 x 39.5cm], 2013 – finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Paul Ryan | Anh Do | Illawarra Mercury

In the lead up to the announcement of the 2014 Archibald Prize, Paul Ryan stars on the cover of Illawarra Mercury. Ryan will be hung in the 2014 Archibald Prize along with friend, former student and fellow Olsen Irwin artist Anh Do.

“Comedian Anh Do learnt the tricks of painting from Thirroul-based artist Paul Ryan. Today, both student and teacher are celebrating being selected as finalists in the Archibald Prize.” – Joshua Butler, Illawarra Mercury

Read the full article here on the Illawarra Mercury website.

The winner of the 2014 Archibald Prize will be announced this Friday 18 July at 12pm. The finalists work will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes
19 July – 28 September 2014
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, AustraliaIllawarraMercury_2014


Jo Bertini | Anh Do | Paul Ryan | Percival Portrait Painting Prize

Jo BertiniPaul Ryan and Anh Do and have all been named as finalists in the 2014 Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize. The finalists’ work is currently being exhibited at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville until 13 July 2014.

Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize
Finalists’ exhibition
09 May – 13 Jul 2014

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Corner of Denham Street and Flinders Mall
Townsville QLD 4810

Jo Bertini, Explorers(Peter-&-Jhumpa), Oil on canvas, 122 x 112cm

Jo Bertini, Explorers – Peter & Jhumpa (The best legs in the desert), 2013, Oil on canvas, 122 x 112cm

Anh Do, Ronnie, 2014

Anh Do, Ronnie, 2014, Oil on canvas, 152 x 122cm

Paul Ryan, Fieldsy, 2014, Oil on linen, 220 x 200

Paul Ryan, Fieldsy, 2014, Oil on linen, 220 x 200


Anh Do | Kogarah Art Prize

Anh Do has been awarded the Kogarah Art Prize and Packing Room Prize for his work ‘Wombat Man’, pictured below. Established in 2012, The City of Kogarah Art Prize is an annual acquisitive prize for painting with prizes valued at $12,000.

Judge Anne Loxley, C3West Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, deemed Do’s work, “… a commanding portrait, and the bravura of his painting style is very impressive.”

Finalists in the Kogarah Art Prize will be exhibited at Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre from Tuesday 17 June until Sunday 13 July 2014.

The City of Kogarah Art Prize
Finalists’ exhibition
17 June – 13 July 2014

Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre
O’Keefes Lane
Kogarah NSW 2217


Anh Do, Wombat Man, 2013, 122 x 92cm


Anh Do | Olsen Irwin Exhibition

Olsen Irwin are proud to announce Anh Do‘s first solo exhibition with the gallery in 2015.

Mentored by Olsen Irwin artist Paul Ryan, Do has been honing the painting skills he originally learned while studying fine arts at TAFE. Do explains his journey in the Sydney Morning Herald – “After school I wanted to become a painter, but I got into law. So I did a law degree and a fine-arts course at TAFE simultaneously. Then I became a comedian. But recently I’ve been getting back into painting…”

His mentorship with Paul Ryan began after Do saw Ryan’s work at his local butcher. “I’d started getting serious about art again, and I thought, “I want lessons from this guy.” I looked him up on the internet and he’s a 10-times Archibald finalist. When I rang him, he told me his wife was reading my book. I’d come to his studio and we’d paint for hours. I stopped getting lessons after about a dozen, but Paul would call and say, “Come and paint some more.” We just enjoy each other’s company.” – Anh Do

Do and Ryan entered the Bay of Fires Art Prize together, with Paul Ryan winning the award and Anh Do being named as a finalist. Read more about Paul Ryan and Anh Do’s relationship here in the Sydney Morning Herald.

“It took me 10 years to get a gallery as good as Olsen Irwin, and Anh has secured a show having only been painting seriously for 12 months. But he’s been given it because his work is good enough.” – Paul Ryan.

Please contact info@olsenirwin if you would like more information on the work of Anh Do.


Anh Do, Wombat Man, 2013, 122 x 92cm