Olsen Irwin | Melbourne Art Fair

Join us at stand E107 for the 2014 Melbourne Art Fair. Olsen Irwin will exhibit a solo showing of Guy Maestri’s new work, as well as a group show of select works.

The fair begins with a vernissage tonight, Wednesday 13 August at 6pm. The fair will then run from Thursday 14 August to Sunday 17 August. Day passes and tickets for the vernissage can be purchased here on the Melbourne Art Fair website.

View Olsen Irwin’s exhibition of select works here.
View Guy Maestri’s new works here.


Peter Booth, Drawing 2000 (man in cart and standing man), 2000, mixed media on paper, 13.5 x 29.5cm


Stephen Bird, Adam and Eve with Eyes, ceramic, 30 x 43cm


Stephen Ormandy, Look both ways, Oil on linen, 112 x 112cm


Alan Jones, Painting 122 (Dad), Acrylic on polyester, 66.5 x 56.5cm


Elisabeth Kruger, Afternoon walk, oil on linen, 51 x 41cm


Guy Maestri, Feral, oil on linen, 97 x 112cm

Olsen Irwin
Melbourne Art Fair
Stand E107
Royal Exhibition Building
Carlton VIC 3053

Wednesday 13 August 2014
6pm – 10pm
General Opening Times
Thursday 14 August 2014
11am – 6pm
Friday 15 August 2014
11am – 8pm
Saturday 16 August 2014
10am – 6pm
Sunday 17 August 2014
10am – 5pm


Fiona McMonagle | Studio | Art Guide Australia

Art Guide Australia takes us inside the Melbourne studio of Fiona McMonagle as she prepares an animation for the Basil Sellers Art Prize.

“The animation is based on female boxers. It came about because I’ve been doing boxercise classes. I thought it would be an interesting subject – a lot of people don’t understand why a woman would want to get in the ring and box. I haven’t really gotten in the ring yet – it’s been more about the training – so when I see women who are brave enough, it’s inspiring. I’m interested in what kind of person has that kind of courage.” – Fiona McMonagle, Art Guide Australia

After being selected one of sixteen finalists, the shortlisted artists are then given eight months to complete a work centered on the theme of sport. The acquisitive prize will award $100,000 to the winner on 25 July 2014.

Click here to see more images and read about McMonagle’s work and studio on the Art Guide Australia website.

Basil Sellers Art Prize
22 July – 26 October 2014

Ian Potter Museum of Art
The University of Melbourne
Swanston Street
Parkville VIC 3010


Image courtesy Art Guide Australia. Photography by Jesse Marlow


Image courtesy Art Guide Australia. Photography by Jesse Marlow


Image courtesy Art Guide Australia. Photography by Jesse Marlow


Image courtesy Art Guide Australia. Photography by Jesse Marlow


Image courtesy Art Guide Australia. Photography by Jesse Marlow


Robert Malherbe | The Design Files

Yet another Olsen Irwin artist has been spotted on the hugely popular Australian interior design blog, The Design Files. Robert Malherbe‘s work features in the stunning South Melbourne home of Penelope Loorham and Douglas McMeekin. Malherbe’s oil on linen nudes beautifully offset the lush furnishings to become the centerpiece in the room. You can view all works available by Robert Malherbe here.


Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Artwork for the Home | Mim Design

It can be hard to picture the transition of a work from stark gallery wall to domestic everyday setting. However the experience of living with an artwork allows a much deeper appreciation and understanding of an artists’ work – discovering new details, observing subtle shifts in light throughout the day, shaping the mood and feeling of a space and dictating further art and design purchases. The work of Olsen Irwin artists Melinda Harper, Michael Johnson, Paul Davies and Matthew Johnson are feature pieces in the stunning interiors below from Melbourne design firm, Mim Design. And while these perfectly manicured interiors may be a far cry from your everyday family life, they do offer some style cues that can be applied when styling a room around an artwork, from allowing a work to take centre stage to picking up on subtle colours and tones with accent accessories and figuring out the appropriate scale of work for the room.


Mim Design. Painting by Melinda Harper


Mim Design. Painting by Michael Johnson

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Mim Design. Painting (left) by Paul Davies and (right) by Matthew Johnson


Mim Design. Painting by Michael Johnson


Mim Design. Painting by Matthew Johnson

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Mim Design. Painting (left) by Michael Johnson and (right) by Matthew Johnson


Mim Design. Painting by Melinda Harper


John Olsen | 7:30 Report

ABC’s 7:30 Report give us an insight into the creation of John Olsen‘s newest commission King Sun for the Walker Corporation’s billion-dollar complex at Collins Square, Melbourne. Watch as John negotiates the difficulties of creating the 6 x 8 meter mural and triumphs with an iconic Olsen burst of energy and colour. Tim Olsen reflects on the process saying, “The mural in an ironic way became the source of his own energy, that he was drawn back to, because it was almost like a kind of metaphor to keep living life.” The newest Olsen masterpiece King Sun can now be viewed in the lobby of ‘Tower B’ at 1 Collins Square, Melbourne Docklands.
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