Guy Maestri | Winner | The King's School Art Prize

Congratulations to Guy Maestri for winning The King’s School Art Prize! The $20,000 acquisitive award is awarded annually to the “best contemporary artwork, created by an artist resident in Australia and represented by a commercial gallery”. The award was judged by Edmund Capon AM OBE, former Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (1978 – 2011).

The King’s School Art Prize
22 – 24 August 2014

The King’s School
7-129 Pennant Hills Road
North Parramatta NSW 2151

Guy Maestri, Landscape Painting No 4, 2014, oil on linen, 97 x 112cm

Guy Maestri, Landscape Painting No 4, 2014, oil on linen, 97 x 112cm – Winner – The King’s School Art Prize


Stephen Bird | Sunshine Coast Art Prize

BIRD, stephen, 1-I am the way-41x51cm-ceramic

Stephen Bird, ‘I am the way’, Ceramic, 41 x 51cm

Congratulations to Stephen Bird for selection as a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize. Bird’s work ‘I am the way’ will be exhibited at the Caloundra Regional Gallery from 27 August t0 26 October 2014.

“All of the finalists’ entries will be available for purchase during the program and a selection will be available for purchase through the Sunshine Coast Art Prize Auction. This auction is in its second year, following the successful inaugural auction in 2013.” – Caloundra Regional Gallery

Sunshine Coast Art Prize
27 August – 26 October 2014

Caloundra Regional Gallery
22 Omrah Avenue
Caloundra Qld 4551


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