Peter Vandermark | Modulations, Canberra Contemporary Art Space

Modulations is the latest exhibition by sculptor Peter Vandermark, held at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space. The show considers the significance of design to living life in the 21st Century in regards to aspects of the domestic, the urban and the architectural amongst others.

“An exploration of the relationship between the human body and the built environment, Modulations is an uncanny reimagining of architecture, furniture, maquettes and design in general.” – Benjamin Judd, QT Life

Modulations exemplifies the way in which Peter’s practice involves itself not only with the sculptural traditions of art history, but also engages with features of modern and contemporary living.

10 October – 15 November 2014
Canberra Contemporary Art Space
CCAS Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon, A.C.T




Stephen Bird, Camie Lyons and Peter Vandermark | Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalists

Three artists from the Olsen Irwin stables have been selected as finalists in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize for 2014. Peter Vandermark, Camie Lyons and Stephen Bird will each have a work exhibited at the Woollahra Council Chambers In Double Bay over a period of sixteen days.

Established in 2001, the prize bestows an acquisitive award of $15,000 to first place for creating an original, freestanding sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension.

“The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize has distinguished itself as one of the more critically significant awards for a local artist to win. Previous recipients include some of Australia’s best contemporary artists such as Mikala Dwyer, Adam Cullen, Alexander Seton and Archie Moore.” – The Art Life

The prize receives over 500 submissions each year from Australian and International artists. Of those entries, approximately 40 are chosen as finalists.

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
18 October – 2 November 2014
Woollahra Municipal Council
536 New South Head Road
Double Bay, New South Wales 2028



Camie Lyons, Bone Umbilical 2, 2014, bronze, 50 x 54 x 40cm


Stephen Bird, Ancestral Figure, 2014, ceramic with pigment and glaze, 65 x 29 x 32cm


Peter Vandermarck, Clerestory 80, 2014, fibreboard, plywood, paint, mirrored acrylic sheet, 80 x 80 x 80cm


Paul Ryan | Studio Visit Q&A

These images were shot on a recent visit to Paul Ryan‘s Thirroul studio. Ryan allowed us a look at his most recent work for the upcoming exhibition ‘Happy Days On The Leisure Coast’ at Olsen Irwin Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture. Ryan’s exhibition will be the first solo show in the recently relaunched Queen Street space, that showcases artists’ smaller and more accessible works. While at Ryan’s the studio, I had a chance to get answers to the questions I’d been itching to ask. Scroll down for the Q&A:


OI. How do you feel about the focus on your personal life in the media – as the son of a catholic priest and catholic college worker, adopted into a family in New Zealand?
PR. I am very comfortable with the media focus on my personal life and the unique circumstances surrounding my conception, and subsequent adoption.

OI. We saw this influence your recent entry for The Blake Prize ‘My Real Daddy is a Priest’, 2013. Has this influenced much of your other work to date?
PR. ‘My Real Daddy is a Priest’, is the first work I have made regarding my biological father and adoption. I have nothing new to add at the present but don’t rule out more work on this topic at some stage.

PR_Studio_Jan2014_4webPR_Studio_Jan2014_12webOI. With your last exhibition titled ‘Wild Colonial Boys’ and a focus on male explorers, pioneers and first settlers, when will we see some wild colonial girls?
PR. One of the works in the upcoming show ‘Happy Days on the Leisure Coast’, is a group picnic scene with both men and women. Possibly more work to follow with images of colonial women in extravagant dress.

OI. We are beginning to see more references to the notion of a dandy in your work, this seems quite far removed from your life as an artist and surfer in Thirroul. Did you miss your calling?
PR. I have long been attracted to the idea of dressing as a dandy. The thing is, I live in Wollongong, well Thirroul to be precise and getting about as a dandy would draw the wrong sort of attention I suspect. Better to dress in a fashion that renders me inconspicuous. If, however I lived in New York or London, where the winters are very cold I could see myself developing a fine and dandy wardrobe.PR_Studio_Jan2014_13webPR_Studio_Jan2014_1webPaul Ryan
Happy Days On The Leisure Coast
Opening Saturday 1 March 2-4pm
Exhibition 26 February – 29 March 2014

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Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture
40 Queen Street
Woollahra NSW 2025
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Olsen Irwin | Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture

Olsen Irwin‘s Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture gallery has undergone some cosmetic changes over recent weeks. We officially launched the new look space on Saturday 30 November 2013. The launch coincided with the opening of the summer survey exhibition ‘Regroup – Works under $5000‘, featuring new work by Olsen Irwin artists such as Camie Lyons, Andrew Taylor, and Guy Warren. Saturday’s event was kindly sponsored by Handpicked Wines, who kept the Italian prosecco and Australian wines flowing. View a few photos from the event after the jump.

In 2014 our Queen Street gallery will be forging ahead with an exciting exhibition schedule of artist solo exhibitions and curated group shows. Already on the roster for solo exhibitions in 2014 are Paul Ryan, Angus McDonald, Jo Bertini and Luke Sciberras.

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Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 5pm
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Nic Fiddian-Green | The Telegraph

After visiting the studio of Nic Fiddian-Green in our last post, we are now transported to his idyllic family home. Earlier this year The Telegraph readers were given a tour of Fiddian-Green’s home in Surrey Downs, UK. Read the entire article here on The Telegraph website.

Nic Fiddian-Green: New Works
30 October – 17 November 2013

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
NSW 2025 Woollahra


Image credit: Tim Beddow, The Telegraph


Image credit: Tim Beddow, The Telegraph


Image credit: Tim Beddow, The Telegraph


Nic Fiddian-Green | DW Documentary

“A giant horse’s head at London’s Marble Arch has become something of a local landmark. It’s the work of British artist Nic Fiddian Green. He’s been producing monumental bronze sculptures for 20 years – and they’re all about horses.” – DW

As Nic Fiddian-Green‘s monumental sculptures are shimmied into position at Olsen Irwin, in preparation for tomorrow’s opening of his exhibition of new works, it is timely to get to know more about the man behind the horse’s head. DW have featured Fiddian-Green in a short documentary in his Surrey Downs studio. As we watch Fiddian-Green at work in his studio we are given unparalleled insight into his processes, techniques, inspiration and concepts – an absolute must see.

Nic Fiddian-Green: New Works
30 October – 17 November 2013

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
NSW 2025 Woollahra


Stephen Ormandy | Polychromatism – The Art of Stephen Ormandy

“Polychromatism. The art of Stephen Ormandy” directed by Mario Sanasi takes us into Stephen Ormandy‘s studio and gives us direct insight into his work, process and techniques.

Photographic collages form the basis for many of Ormandy’s works – “I cut shapes from coloured pieces of paper – I arrange them looking for rhythms of tone, colour, form. I then photograph it and move on and I can work very quickly and it allows me to take a lot of photographs in a very intense period of time”. Similarly his sculpture also stems from the notion of collage. Ormamdy’s sculptures are essentially 3D collages formed from an “alphabet of shapes”.

Discussing what it is to be an artist, Ormandy says, “To be able to self edit and be self critical is crucial […] You have to be your worst critic – it’s really important.”


Camie Lyons | Australian High Commission, Singapore

Camie Lyons has just returned from her trip to Singapore for the opening of ‘Loaded: Art celebrating the legend of Ned Kelly‘ at the Australian High Commission. The exhibition showcased modern and contemporary Australian art, with Lyons’ sculptures taking centre stage in the commission’s Atrium Gallery.

Loaded: Art celebrating the legend of Ned Kelly
18 September – 31 October 2013
Monday to Friday
8:30 – 4:30

Australian High Commission
Atrium Gallery
25 Napier Road

Nothing Felt Real to Me No More

Camie Lyons, ‘Nothing Felt Real to Me No More’, 2013, Bronze, 77 x 35 x 26cm



Stephen Ormandy | Share Design | Sydney Contemporary

Share Design were quick to spot Stephen Ormandy‘s beautiful new sculptures that will be on show at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair this weekend. Following the works’ progress via Ormandy’s instagram, Share Design instantly fell in love.

“This body of work is a continuation of Stephen’s last exhibition, which was celebrated for the series of bold colour-blocked works. This collection however is a beautiful step to the side, as Ormandy has explored the same shapes but in a ‘softer’ palette of materials – Ormandy has combined the earthiness of marble and black stone, with the beauty of bronze.” – Share Design


Stephen Ormandy, Digital organic mineral V, 2013, marble and bronze, 18 x 14 x 5cm, $2750 – edition of 8


Stephen Ormandy, Digital organic mineral VI, 2013, marble and blackstone, 15 x 9 x 9cm, $2750 – edition of 8

Ormandy’s new sculpture along with many more Olsen Irwin favourites will be on display at the Olsen Irwin stand at the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair from tonight until Sunday 22 Sept.

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair
245 Wilson Street
Eveleigh NSW 2015

Thursday 19 Sept – Sunday 22 Sept 2013

Opening Hours:
Thursday 6-9pm
Friday 12-7pm
Saturday 10-6pm
Sunday 10-5pm

Tickets available for sale here.


Ann Thomson | Studio Visit

Feeling very inspired after morning tea with Ann Thomson in her Waverly studio. Ann’s studio is the ultimate artist’s haven – brimming with work, paint, pastels and all things creative. A great insight into the process that goes into creating her paintings, works on paper and sculptures.

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