Guy Maestri | Winner | The King's School Art Prize

Congratulations to Guy Maestri for winning The King’s School Art Prize! The $20,000 acquisitive award is awarded annually to the “best contemporary artwork, created by an artist resident in Australia and represented by a commercial gallery”. The award was judged by Edmund Capon AM OBE, former Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (1978 – 2011).

The King’s School Art Prize
22 – 24 August 2014

The King’s School
7-129 Pennant Hills Road
North Parramatta NSW 2151

Guy Maestri, Landscape Painting No 4, 2014, oil on linen, 97 x 112cm

Guy Maestri, Landscape Painting No 4, 2014, oil on linen, 97 x 112cm – Winner – The King’s School Art Prize


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


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

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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


Tamara Dean | Wins New York Photo Award

Tamara Dean wins 2013 New York Photo Award in the category ‘Fine Art Series’ with six images from her highly acclaimed series ‘The Edge’.

‘The Edge’ will be exhibited for the first in its entirety at Olsen Irwin in March 2014. With works from the series also winning the 2013 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, as well as being highly commended in the 2013 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and Olive Cotton Award and named as a finalist in the 62nd Blake Prize and Art & About: Sydney Life – the highly anticipated Olsen Irwin exhibition is sure continue to build on this momentum. Olsen Irwin would like to congratulate Tamara for winning the New York Photo Award and for her outstanding photographic work.

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Tamara Dean, Finding Light, Photograph on archival cotton rag paper, 75 x 100cm

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Stephen Bird | Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Last days to visit the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Exhibition including the work of Olsen Irwin artist Stephen Bird. Grab your swimmers and stop into the exhibition on your way down to Redleaf Pool, before the exhibition finishes up on Sunday 10 November 2013.

Of his entry ‘Paint Tray’ Bird says ‘I have this idea that everything I need to make art is right under my nose and I return to this hypothesis again and again. Paint Tray is a work where the artist tools and props can be said to be a substitute for the artist himself. I have used all the materials and techniques at my disposal to recreate the intimate world where the painter has spent many days, months and years. I indulge myself in all it’s filthy, painterly patina and reveal in its trviality. The punchline is when you discover it’s all just made of clay.’

You can also vote for Stephen Bird in the Viewer’s Choice Award – simply follow this link to enter.

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
26 October t0 10 November 2013
Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat to Sun 10am – 4pm

Woollahra Municipal Council
536 New South Head Road
Double Bay NSW 2028


Stephen Bird, Paint Tray, 2013, Clay, pigment, glaze, 21 x 35 x 31cm, $6000 – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalist


Harding, Maestri, Malherbe and Ryan | Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

Congratulations to Olsen Irwin artists’ Nicholas Harding, Guy Maestri, Robert Malherbe and Paul Ryan, who have all been selected as semi-finalists in the Doug Moran National Portraiture Prize. View the selected works below.

The Moran Arts Foundation was established by Doug and Greta Moran as a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation whose objective is to support the Arts in Australia. Since it’s inception in 1988, the Doug Moran National Portraiture Prize has been considered one of Australia’s most prestigious awards.

Harding_Paris Portrait (Anna) 2013  watercolour and gouache on paper 112x76cm

Nicholas Harding, Paris Portrait (Anna), 2013, Watercolour and gouache on paper 112 x 76cm

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Nicholas Harding, Rob Hirst, 2013, Gouach on paper, 112 x 76cm


Guy Maestri, Les, 2013


Robert Malherbe, Miriam – Woman in a Black Camisole, 2013


Paul Ryan, Fieldsy, 2013, Oil on linen, 240 x 200cm