Sophie Cape | Mt Everest

Sophie Cape has returned from her trek to Mt Everest base camp with some stunning photos and breathtaking stories. The deadliest avalanche in Mt Everest’s history struck just a week after Cape’s trek, killing 16 sherpa guides. Their lives will be remembered with their signatures collected on a work that Cape produced during the trip. Cape dragged the canvas on the ground behind her on her trek to base camp, collecting signatures on the way. Cape often exposes her works to the elements, such as heat, rain and frost, however this work would have to be considered her most extreme and profound.

Describing the trek as one of the hardest things she has ever accomplished, Cape is now reflecting on her time with an artists’ residency in Hill End. During the Hill End residency, Cape will produce works for her upcoming exhibition at Olsen Irwin, Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture 2 – 19 July 2014.

Sophie Cape
New Works
Opening Saturday 5 July, 2 – 4pm
Exhibition 2 – 19 July 2014

Olsen Irwin
Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture
40 Queen Street
Woollahra NSW 2025                         IMG_3899 IMG_3938 IMG_4008 IMG_4090 IMG_4188 IMG_4205 IMG_4256 IMG_4269IMG_4265 IMG_4316


Guy Maestri | Outpost

With Guy Maestri’s exhibition Outpost officially opening at Olsen Irwin last night, we take a look at the process involved in making the stunning en plein air works and studio still life studies. Through Maestri’s instagram we see his outdoor studio set up in and around the remote New South Wales town of Hill End. Maestri examines the area’s history, emerging as a gold mining town during the gold rush of the 1850s, and the desperate and brutal life that must have faced the early settlers of that era.

“I focused on the remnants that persist in the landscape, that offer a glimpse into the harsh reality of that time, and of the slow process of regeneration.” – Guy Maestri

Guy Maestri
26 March – 13 April 2014

Olsen Irwin
Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025

Guy Maestri‘s new works from the exhibition Outpost can be viewed on the Olsen Irwin website here.

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Guy Maestri | Mosman Art Prize Viewer's Choice Award

The Mosman Art Prize at Mosman Art Gallery has just drawn to a close with Guy Maestri‘s landscape work, ‘Autumn, North of Luke’s Lane’ tying for most popular painting along with Kirsty Nielson’s ‘Australian Chef Christine Manfield’. Maestri’s work captures the autumnal shift of a country lane in the NSW town of Hill End through a series four small oil paintings.


Guy Maestri, Autumn, North of Luke’s Lane