Tim Olsen | Switzer Super Report | Archibald provides platform for investing

“The Archibald provides the greatest platform to start collecting and investing in Australian art.” – Tim Olsen, Switzer Super Report

Every year The Archibald Prize shines a light on the Australian art world. The entry scandals, big name celebrities and abundant media attention provides an opportunity for the general public to be swept up into the often ignored and secluded world of art. Olsen Irwin director Tim Olsen discusses the opportunities The Archibald Prize offers as a platform for investing.

“It’s not only the award that brings prestige to the winning artist but to all the artists whose works are hung in the rarefied environment and it provides a who’s who of the artist’s currently making art in Australia.” – Tim Olsen, Switzer Super Report




John Olsen | The Australian Financial Review

The Australian Financial Review has reported on the increase of discerning Asian buyers collecting works from iconic Australian artist, John Olsen. Works from Olsen’s most recent exhibition at Olsen Irwin sold to a predominantly Asian clientele, including two works to a client in Hong Kong and six works to a buyer in Singapore. Despite lackluster sales from a recent London exhibition and negative reviews of London’s Royal Academy exhibition ‘Australia’, Olsen’s work is growing in popularity with Asian collectors. “I can now say, without a lie, that [the UK pictures] all went.” – Tim Olsen, Director, Olsen Irwin

Considering the success of the Olsen Irwin exhibition and increased interest from Asian buyers, particularly following the disappointment of a 2013 exhibition in London, Tim Olsen is quoted as saying, “[Asian buyers] with their consummate and innate understanding of calligraphy and mark-making in reference to landscape and space… also tend to have an established ‘Zen’ eye, in contrast to the dour British observer who struggles to grapple with the nature of our antique continent with its scruffy beauty.” – Tim Olsen, Director, Olsen Irwin



Olsen Family | Vogue

For Vogue Australia‘s March 2014 Fashion Meets Art issue, Jane Albert sat down with John, Tim and Louise Olsen to discuss a life firmly routed in the arts.

‘John Olsen is one of our greatest living artists, so it comes as no surprise that his children have inherited his creativity.’ – Jane Albert, Vogue Australia

With Tim Olsen having forged a successful career as a gallerist and director of Olsen Irwin and sister Louise Olsen founding Dinosaur Designs together with husband and Olsen Irwin artist Stephen Ormandy – the Olsen siblings have well and truly earned their spot as part of Australian arts royalty.

Beautifully captured by photographer Hugh Stewart at John Olsen‘s home in Bowral, NSW, the siblings discuss their unusual upbringing surrounded by some of Australia’s most famous creative forces such as Barry Humphries, Robert Hughs Brett Whitely and Donald Friend.

Pick up a copy of Vogue’s March issue to read the article.

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Tim Olsen | Sky News with Peter Switzer

Tim Olsen will appear as a guest on Sky News’Switzer‘ programme with Australia’s leading business and financial commentator, Peter Switzer. Tune in to Sky News on Wednesday 26 February 2014 at 7pm to see Olsen discuss art and self managed super as well as Australian artists in the foreign market.

Born into a life of modern and contemporary art as son of the iconic Australian artist, Dr John Olsen A.O. O.B.E., Olsen has forged his own path as a successful art dealer and philanthropist. With over 30 years experience in the art world, as owner of Tim Olsen Gallery and director of Olsen Irwin, Olsen has an unparallelled  knowledge and understanding of the Australian art industry. Be sure to watch Sky News to hear his advice for art investors and musings on the Australian art market.11002 copy

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Tim Olsen | ABC Radio National

Tune into ABC radio national tomorrow Saturday 22 February at 2:30pm to hear Olsen Irwin director, Tim Olsen, on Melanie Tait‘s ‘Weekend Arts‘ segment. Olsen will take part in a panel discussion with Fiona Inglis from Curtis Brown literary agency and Nicky Gluyas from Nicky Gluyas Management, discussing the development of an artist’s career, navigating and negotiating the progression from emerging to established and the challenges faced by those dedicated to a life in the arts.

More information can be found on the ABC radio national’s website here.

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Olsen Irwin | Sydney Contemporary Success

2013’s inaugural Sydney Contemporary art fair has drawn to a close with galleries, artists, collectors and the public happy all round. The four day affair from 19 – 22 September was full of great discoveries, surprises and people! The opening night quite literally stopped traffic – proving that the art scene in Sydney is as vibrant as ever.

Tim Olsen, director of Olsen Irwin, reported to Clive Paget of Limelight Magazine, “Sales have been extremely strong, defying the climate on the street,”… “After the first day of the fair we had at least 30 new faces in our stand that we’d never met before. Our experience has exceeded expectations – we’ve found it to be a vibrant event that was also a commercial success.” – Limelight Magazine


Olsen Irwin | Art Collector

Tim Olsen and Rex Irwin sat down with Helen McKenzie to discuss the gallery’s merger, the current art market and international art scene in the latest issue of Art Collector. Some great insight from two of the best in the business and a great read for all interested in the behind the scenes going ons at Olsen Irwin. Be sure to pick up a copy of Art Collector to read the article in it’s entirety.TimRex_ArtCollector_July2013Small



Tim Olsen on Artist Application Day

Tim Olsen on Artist Application Day

Tim Olsen on Artist Application Day

Photography by Damian Bennett

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