Nicholas Harding | Art Collector

Nicholas Harding has been featured in Art Collector’s Under 5K, an annual presentation of works by established artists that are available for less than $5,000. Included in the mix are Nicholas Harding’s watercolour works completed during a residency in Paris and etchings produced for his recent exhibition at Olsen Irwin Drawing Godot.

Olsen Irwin director Rex Irwin talks of Hardings etchings of the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Waiting for Godot as, ‘Far more exciting than a photo, they capture the immediacy of the drama and sit comfortably in the pantheon of great artists such as Degas, Lautrec and Hockney who worked from life studying performers both on and off stage.’

Click ‘continue reading’ below to see more works by Nicholas Harding for under $5,000 after the jump.



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John Olsen | Philanthropic work for COFA | $1,200

Australia’s favourite artist John Olsen, in association with Olsen Irwin and Australian Fine Art Editions, is offering the opportunity to own a limited edition Olsen etching for the remarkable price of $1,200. Proceeds from the sale of the work go towards the University of New South Wales’ College of Fine Art, ensuring a bright future for a new generation of artists.

Printed in association with master print maker Michael Kempson, the limited edition etching ‘Life Class’ depicts the various players in the art world. From the cash rich art dealer to the artist’s wife, this satirical piece is typical of Olsen’s wit and humour.

“On the far left you can see the artist with brush in hand, his wife advising him as to an approach. A female water colourist who formerly painted in oils is at front, above her is a contemplative student readying to make a mark. Behind him is an art dealer flush with cash and a muse/painter sizes up the three ‘fallen from grace’ Graces. Completing the print is a conceptual artist who stares at us as he ruminates over his future realisations.”
John Olsen

An Olsen etching of this quality and size would normally retail for $3,800. With proceeds of the sales going to UNSW’s College of Fine Art (COFA), Olsen is offering the work for the unprecedented price of $1,200. This generous philanthropic offer is also great value for the customer. Support our next generation artists and UNSW’s College of Fine Art by clicking here to purchase this limited edition John Olsen etching.

Olsen Irwin in association with Australian Fine Art Editions are also offering FREE Australia wide delivery for unframed works and framing for the reduced price of just $150.

 John Olsen, Life Class (Evolution), etching, 35 x 49.5, 2012/13, edition of 200, $1200
Framing only $150
FREE delivery Australia wide for unframed work


‘Life Class’ AP depicting the various players of the art world
John Olsen, Life Class (Evolution), etching, 35 x 49.5, 2012/13, edition of 200


John Olsen signing his special limited edition etching ‘Life Class (Evolution)’


Fred Williams | Queensland Art Gallery

The Queensland Art Gallery currently has a exhibition of Fred Williams‘ paintings and prints on show until March 2014. ‘Fred Williams: Painter, Printmaker‘ features etchings and aquatints works from his music hall series produced in London when Williams frequented various theatres and performances in the winters, in order to seek refuge from the cold winters in the warm, heated spaces. During his visits, Williams would draw in a sketch pad and also directly onto copper etching plates. Olsen Irwin currently have two works from this series available for sale ‘Trampoline‘ and ‘Music Hall‘.

Also featured at the Queensland Art Gallery are works from Williams’ Sherbrooke Forest series. “Following his return to Australia in 1957, and strongly influenced by the post-impressionists and Cézanne in particular, Fred Williams began to create images exploring the symmetry and spatial ambiguities of stands of eucalypt saplings. This resulted in an increasingly abstracted series of watercolours, paintings and prints of trees in Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, made during the next four years.” – Art Gallery of New South Wales. Olsen Irwin also have available works from this series – these can be viewed here on our website. Fred Williams’ etchings also feature in our summer survey exhibition, ‘Regroup- Works under $5000‘ at our Queen Street gallery.

Fred Williams: Painter, Printmaker
2 November 2013 – 16 March 2014

Queensland Art Gallery
Stanley Place
South Bank Qld


Trampoline, 1955-56, Etching, aquatint, drypoint on Kent paper, state III/V, 3/10, image 14.5 x 19.5cm, $5000


Music Hall, 1955-56, Etching and drypoint on Whatman’s paper, state I/V, 16 x 14.5cm, $4000

Landscape with a steep road, Aquatint, etching, drypoint and engraving on grey Ingres paper, state V/V, 17/18, 19.5 x 15.5cm, $6500

Sherbrooke Forest number 1, 1961, Engraving, drypoint & aquatint State XV/XXIII, ed 18/50 on Kent, 19.5 x 16.5 cm, $3000


John Olsen Instagram Competition | Winner


John Olsen, Evolution, 2013, Limited edition etching, $1200, proceeds go to UNSW’s College of Fine Arts

Suzanne Gorman is the lucky winner the Olsen Irwin instagram competition to win the limited edition John Olsen ‘Evolution‘ etching! Her Instagram picture of the freshly unwrapped David Band work was selected by art advisor and consultant Fiona McIntosh as the winner. Entrants were asked to instagram a photo of an artwork in their home or from a visit to a gallery – all entries can be viewed on instagram with the hashtag #olsengifttocofa. A big thanks to all who took part. You can also follow Olsen Irwin on Instagram @olsenirwingallery.

In association with master print maker Michael Kempson, John Olsen has produced the limited edition ‘Evolution‘ etching that would normally retail for $3,800. At just $1,200 with proceeds going to UNSW’s College of Fine Art – this generous offer is also great value for the customer. Click to purchase a edition here.


Suzanne Gorman’s winning instagram photo of her newly purchased David Band work


John Olsen | Habitus ‘Home’ Exhibtion

Enter Habitus magazine’s ‘Home’ competition for your chance to win John Olsen’s limited edition ‘Evolution’ etching.


John Olsen, Evolution, 2013, Etching, 35 x 49.5cm

For this year’s Sydney Indesign, Habitus will be curating an exhibition of the best readers’ responses to the question ‘What does ‘Home’ mean to you?’. One lucky person will also take out the prize for best entry and will take home this beautiful etching from iconic Australian artist, John Olsen.