Embers of Empathy | ABC News

ABC news has covered the Embers of Empathy auction, raising money for Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery, featuring the work of Olsen Irwin artists Paul Ryan, Sophie Cape and Nicholas Harding. The exhibition features 12 original works from 12 artists, created using the embers from the recent NSW bushfires. The auction will be held this Thursday 10 April at 6pm in the Paramount Building, 55 Brisbane Street, Surry Hills NSW.

Embers of Empathy
Thursday 10 April 6pm
RSVP by Monday 7 April to alexandra.mcdonald@bm.com

Paramount Building
55 Brisbane Street
Surry Hills 2010 NSW


Jonathan Delafield Cook | Crikey Daily Review

Patricia Anderson, one of Australia’s foremost art critics, has reviewed Jonathan Delafield Cook’s current exhibition of new drawings for Crikey’s Daily Review.

Anderson heralds a renaissance of realism, out from under the shadows of conceptual art and installation, and celebrates Jonathan Delafield Cook’s work for being not just “a dazzling work of art” but also a meticulously crafted “forensic study”.

Of the 12 metre long charcoal on linen Sperm Whale II, Anderson describes, “The whole history of this sleek creature, a large-brained, long-living  predator with few natural enemies, is written like graffiti on his skin. The abrasions, the exfoliations, scars and ragged tail remind us that deep-sea adventures are not all plain sailing.”
Patricia Anderson, Crikey

The article can be read in it’s entirety here.


Jonathan Delafield Cook, Sperm Whale II, 2013, Charcoal on primed linen, 200 x 1200cm

Jonathan Delafield Cook
New Drawings
11 – 23 December and 7 – 25 January

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025


Jonathan Delafield Cook | Raven

Click here to read Raven’s review of Jonathan Delafield Cook‘s current exhibition at Olsen Irwin.

“Cook’s skill and precision are astounding, particularly considering that his drawings are executed in charcoal – a notoriously unforgiving medium. A combination of direct observation, often from museum specimens, and photographic references inform Cook’s work. His notations of flora and fauna border on scientific, with form and texture impeccably reproduced against clean white grounds.” – Raven


Jonathan Delafield Cook, Mackerel VIII, 2013, Charcoal on paper, 15 x 43cm, $3800


John Olsen | Jonathan Delafield Cook | Preview

As we eagerly await the John Olsen and Jonathan Delafield Cook exhibitions, opening 11 December 2013, the works can be previewed in our upstairs gallery at Olsen Irwin 63 Jersey Road, Woollahra. John Olsen’s vibrant works on paper juxtapose the still, calmness of Jonathan Delafield Cook’s charcoal depictions beautifully. With the works hanging tentatively until the official installation begins on Monday, please do feel free to visit the gallery for a sneak peek!

John Olsen
Recent Works
Dec 11 – 23 and 7 – 25 January

Jonathan Delafield Cook
New Drawings
11 – 23 December and 7 – 25 January

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road, Woollahra
Mon 12-5, Tues to Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5



Jonathan Delafield Cook | Studio Visit

On his recent trip to the UK Rex Irwin visited Jonathan Delafield Cook in his studio ahead of his upcoming exhibition at Olsen Irwin. These images gives us a sneak peak of what to expect from the show in December of this year. We begin to see Delafield Cook’s remarkable attention to detail even when working on such an immense scale.  The mastery and command of his medium, charcoal, simply leaves one awestruck and amazed. Delafield Cook’s exhibition will run from 11 December to 25 January at Olsen Irwin.

Jonathan Delafield Cook – New Drawings
11 – 23 December and 7 – 25 January
Mon 12-5, Tues – Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025 image4 image5OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Kathryn Ryan | No White Walls, Abu Dhabi

No White Walls‘ featuring the work of Kathryn Ryan opens Thursday September 19 at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi. Ryan has created beautiful new charcoal works for the occasion. Of her new work Ryan says, “Now living in Dubai, I have begun a new series of work responding to my environment, sense of place and quality of light in the UAE. I have found inspiration observing the intimate details in my local environment with the dramatic play of light and fall of shadows, accentuating the organic and sensual nature of plants and Arabic lanterns.” – Kathryn Ryan

No White Walls
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
19 September – 1 January 2013



Peter Booth | Art Collector

Peter Booth‘s drawings have been included in Art Collector’s annual special of artworks available for $5,000 and less. The works are great entry level pieces for anybody wanting to start a collection, or for anyone wanting to add an established artist to their stable. Their strength is drawn from the haunting imagery of the anonymous figures and apocalyptic landscape.

“There is a quality of isolation – not loneliness – in his drawings and a dignity about the figures. Irwin suggests ‘they represent Everyman in the same way Henry Moore’s monolithic women represented Everywoman.'” – Amanda Woodard

Peter Booth’s available drawings as well as oil paintings can be viewed on the Olsen Irwin website.


Peter Booth, Drawing 2004, Charcoal and pastel on paper, 21 x 18.5cm, $4,400


Art Collector, Issue 65, July – September 2013