Chris Langlois, Caroline Rannersberger and Paul Ryan | Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting

Work by Chris Langlois, Caroline Rannersberger and Paul Ryan will be included in an exhibition at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre. Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting, brings together 25 leading Australian painters in an investigation of landscape painting.

“For some of the artists, the subject of landscape originates from a cultural and spiritual attachment to place or an urban sensibility to a changing environment. While for others, the landscape provides a vehicle for the exploration of self, responses to the historical aspect of landscape and a relationship with nature.” – Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre

Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting
11 October – 30 November 2014
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, 782 Kingsway Gymea, NSW


Caroline Rannersberger, Sunset Bay Towards Hartz, 2013, oil on belgian linen, 3 x 202 x 71cm


Chris Langlois, Weather System (Tasman Sea) no.9, 2014, oil on linen, 137 x 122cm


Paul Ryan, Sublime North Sublime South, 2014, oil on linen, 72 x 122cm


David Band | The Design Files

Pictured below we see the work of the late David Band featured in the stunning interiors from Australia’s favourite style blog, The Design Files. Band’s works bring a simple yet bold graphic element to any space, drawing the viewer in with the subtle and expert use of detail and texture. The wit and personality of the works lights up the interiors of any living space or gallery wall alike.

The work ‘Happiness’ takes pride of place in the founder of the The Design Files’, Lucy Feagins, home office. We also see the work of Band in the homes of some of Australia’s most celebrated artists and designers, such as Rachel Castle, Kirra Jamison and Dane Lovett, Mark and Louella Tuckey, Juliette Arent Squadrito and Matthew Squadrito as well as Natalie Bloom of Bloom Cosmetics. Click the images below to view complete house tours.

The work of the late David Band will be celebrated in an exhibition this October hosted by Olsen Irwin and Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane. Fiona Mahon, David’s partner, has curated this extensive exhibition held over two venues. Working closely with Fiona, the two galleries will be exhibiting paintings, monotypes prints and sculptures executed over a fifteen-year period.

David Band
1 – 19 October 2014

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025


Studio details including custom built table by Gordon Johnson, vintage Eames office chairs, ‘Happiness I’, 2010 limited edition print by David Band, artwork by Kate Tucker, Trashkova gold bin by Boqil, watermelon Olba side table by Jardan. Photo – Eve Wilson, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


‘Tomorrow Morning’ (study) by David Band. Photo – Phu Tang, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


David Band bottles painting. Photo – Sean Fennessy, Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


David Band trumpet print on rear wall. Photo – Sean Fennessy, Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Top Shelf – David Band Limited Edition Print from Olsen Irwin Gallery. Photography – Eve Wilson.


All three three artworks by David Band. Photo by Sean Fennessy, production Lucy Feagins / The Design Files


Artwork on left David Band. All photos by Daniel Mahon. Beautiful.


Yellow print – ‘Scotch Schnapps’ by David Band. Black / white print to the left (detail) ‘A Night in Tunisia’ also by David Band. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Mosman Art Prize 2014 | Finalists

Congratulations to Olsen Irwin artists Jo Bertini, Anh Do, Robert Malherbe, Angus McDonald, Caroline Rannersberger and Paul Ryan for selection as a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize. The official opening for the exhibition of the finalists works and the announcement of the winner will take place on the evening of Thursday 31 July 2014 at the Mosman Art Gallery.

“Now in its 67th year, the Mosman Art Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious municipally funded visual art prizes in Australia. It is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council.” – Mosman Art Gallery

Mosman Art Prize
26 July – 7 September 2014

Mosman Art Gallery
Cnr Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Rd
Mosman NSW 2088


Paul Ryan, Blue boy and dog, oil on linen, 102 x 102 cm, 2014 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Angus McDonald, Ray of Light, Oil on canvas, 75 x 125cm, 2014 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Robert Malherbe, A Walk to the Gallery, Oil on linen, 66 x 56cm, 2013 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Caroline Rannersberger, Towards Cloudy Corner, Oil on Belgian linen, 3 x [97 x 39.5cm], 2013 – finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Ann Thomson | Direction Now | Glasshouse Regional Gallery

Ann Thomson’s work is currently on show in the exhibition Direction Now at Port Macquarie’s Glasshouse Regional Gallery. Direction Now features the work of ten contemporary Australian artists all exploring the visual language of abstraction. The exhibition is takes its title from the 1956 exhibition Direction 1 held at the Macquarie Galleries, Sydney. Direction 1 included the work of John Olsen, Robert Klippel, John Passmore, William Rose and Eric Smith and marked an important turning point in Australian abstract art. Direction Now explores a contemporary approach to abstraction and, “celebrates all aspects of abstraction including lyrical, gesture, texture and objectification as individual expression.” – Glasshouse Regional Gallery

Direction Now will also travel to The Town Hall Gallery, Lismore Regional Gallery and Caboulture Regional Art Gallery in 2014.

Direction Now
27 June – 3 August 2014

Glasshouse Regional Gallery
Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets
Port Macquarie NSW 2444


Direction Now featuring the work of Ann Thomson


Archibald and Wynne Prize | Finalists

Olsen Irwin are proud to announce finalists for the 2014 Archibald and Wynne Prizes.

Finalists in the Archibald Prize include Olsen Irwin artists Paul Ryan, Alan Jones, Julian Meagher and Anh Do. Wynne Prize finalists include Guy Maestri and Robert Malherbe.

2014 marks the 11th time Paul Ryan has been hung as a finalist in the Archibald Prize. Alan Jones was also shortlisted in 2013 with a portrait of Pat Corrigan AM. Anh Do and Julian Meagher are first time finalists in 2014.

Robert Malherbe will be hung as a finalist in the Wynne Prize for the 4th time. This will be Guy Maestri’s third year in a row as a finalist in the Wynne Prize. The annual Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture.

Olsen Irwin would like to congratulate all finalists for this outstanding achievement. A full list of finalists can be viewed here on the Art Gallery of New South Wales website.


Alan Jones, Adam, 2014, Oil and acrylic on linen, 171 x 156 cm – 2014 Archibald Prize Finalist


Anh Do, Father, Oil on canvas, 2014, 244 x 200 cm – 2014 Archibald Prize Finalist


Julian Meagher, John Waters – the clouds will cloud, 2014, Oil on linen, 71 x 55 cm – 2014 Archibald Prize Finalist


Paul Ryan, Rox, 2014, Oil on linen, 240 x 200cm – 2014 Archibald Prize Finalist


Guy Maestri, East west cutting, 2014, Oil on linen, 184 x 225 cm – 2014 Wynne Prize Finalist


Robert Malherbe, The Domain after a storm, 2014, Oil on linen, 66 x 56cm – 2014 Wynne Prize Finalist


Jo Bertini | Anh Do | Paul Ryan | Percival Portrait Painting Prize

Jo BertiniPaul Ryan and Anh Do and have all been named as finalists in the 2014 Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize. The finalists’ work is currently being exhibited at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville until 13 July 2014.

Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize
Finalists’ exhibition
09 May – 13 Jul 2014

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Corner of Denham Street and Flinders Mall
Townsville QLD 4810

Jo Bertini, Explorers(Peter-&-Jhumpa), Oil on canvas, 122 x 112cm

Jo Bertini, Explorers – Peter & Jhumpa (The best legs in the desert), 2013, Oil on canvas, 122 x 112cm

Anh Do, Ronnie, 2014

Anh Do, Ronnie, 2014, Oil on canvas, 152 x 122cm

Paul Ryan, Fieldsy, 2014, Oil on linen, 220 x 200

Paul Ryan, Fieldsy, 2014, Oil on linen, 220 x 200


Chris Langlois | The Gold Award | Rockhampton Art Gallery

'Weather System [St. Vincent Gulf) no.1’  183x198

Chris Langlois, Weather System (St. Vincent Gulf) no.1, 2014, Oil on linen, 183×198

Congratulations to Chris Langlois for selection as a finalist in The Gold Award at Rockhampton Art Gallery, one of Australia’s richest contemporary painting prizes.

“The Gold Award is a national invitation painting award with an acquisitive cash prize of $50,000 made possible through a generous bequest from the Estate of Moya Gold.” – Rockhampton Art Gallery

The biennial event invites just 8 of Australia’s most highly recognised artists to partake as finalists for the award. The winner will be announced on 4 July 2014. Glenn Barkley, former senior curator at Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia will determine the winning entry.

The Gold Award
5 July – 31 August 2014

Rockhampton Art Gallery
62 Victoria Parade
Rockhampton Qld 4700


Stephen Ormandy | Habitus Living

Habitus magazine’s Nicky Lobo takes us inside the home of Olsen Irwin artist Stephen Ormandy. Ormandy shares his home with wife Louise Olsen, cofounder of Dinosaur Designs together with Ormandy, and their daughter Camile. Lobo discusses Ormandy’s return to art after many years focusing on business and design.

“Some might say that Stephen’s recent refocusing on his own art practice is just as bold, but it’s ‘all one expression’ to him. The move is not exactly out of the blue – he is a trained artist deeply connected to the Olsen creative dynasty, which includes his partner, Louise, her brother, gallery owner Tim and their father, John.” – Nicky Lobo, Habitus

Read the entire article here on habitusliving.com


Ormandy with one of his works. Image courtesy Chris Chen


Details of Ormandy’s home. Image courtesy Chris Chen.


Ormandy’s studio. Image courtesy Chris Chen.


Paul Davies | Real Living

Paul Davies’ work has been included in Real Living magazine’s ‘My Dream Room’ in the March 2014 issue – out now.

All of Davies’ available works  can be viewed here on our website.
Real Living MyDreamRoom Sarah


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