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Paul Davies is an Australian-born, Los Angeles - based artist whose work is driven by friction between opposing forces of built and natural environments, design and art, abstraction and figuration. These boundaries and relationships are illustrated through Davies' process, which combines painting, stencilling, photography and sculpture. The Golden Days reflects on the connection between Los Angeles, California, and Hill End, NSW, through an exploration of landscape and notions of ‘gold rush’ in the context of historical and present day meaning.
14 February 2020
Refuge in beauty. In its light-filled home on Woollahra’s Jersey Road, Olsen Gallery (together with Communications Collective ) invited friends and artists to come together for a Summer Feast – a celebration of its 2020 program and group show featuring over 50 works from its artist stable.
Collectivus A Summer Group Show
20 December 2019
John Olsen, Australia’s most revered living artist, unveiled a suite of new works this month at his son’s Olsen Gallery. A formidable presence in the art world for over six decades, Olsen shows little sign of slowing down. Simply titled Recent Works, his new exhibition includes sprawling landscapes, nuanced studies of animal life and intimate paintings based on the artist’s passion for food and cooking. Now 91, Olsen is a painter who has forever changed how Australians see their country and its landscapes. After immersing himself in the art scenes of Paris and Spain, Olsen returned to Australia in 1960 – creating the first of his hugely influential works, based on a unique vision of the outback and its endless flux.
John Olsen Recent Works
December 20, 2019
Tim Olsen tells us about his father's latest exhibition, and why the
91-year-old Australian artist won't be found on the golf course.
John Olsen in the studio. Photo © Ken Redpath
John Olsen Recent Works
December 19, 2019
Revisiting the world of the Budgerigar ‚?? the subject of her first solo exhibition some nine years ago ‚?? Leila Jeffreys‚?? High Society includes her signature large format portraits and sees her exploring new territory.¬†_continue reading
Leila Jeffreys High Society
12 November 2019
Ahead of her exhibition, artist Anna-Wili Highfield chats to Vogue.
Sydney-born artist Anna-Wili Highfield, who most recently showed her work at the Olsen Gruin Gallery in New York City, is gearing up for her first solo exhibition in an Australian commercial gallery.
The sculptor, who deploys materials like paper and wax to create animal and nature-inspired pieces, will present her exhibition Companions at the Olsen Gallery in Sydney’s Woollahra on Thursday, November 14.
Ahead of the exhibition, Vogue chatted to the artist whose commissions have transcended the art world (Highfield counts luxury fashion and jewellery houses Hermès and Tiffany & Co. as just some of her clients) about her inspirations, her interests in natural phenomena and what she’s working on next.
Anna-Wili Highfield Companions
Julian Meagher, Beejal Patel and Lucian (2) will celebrate the arrival of baby number in just two months time, after the launch of his exhibition The Space Into Bicheno with Olsen Gallery at Sydney Contemporary this week!
Creativity was pulsing through their home in Sydney’s Surry Hills, when we recently chatted to Julian about creating through the parenting fog.
Julian Meagher The Space into Bicheno II
2 October 2019
The Eveleigh Railway Workshops once an imposing symbol of modernity speaks to another time. The vast old wrought iron roof sheltered and brought together hundreds of workers – hardened men from Sydney’s gritty inner suburbs, newly arrived migrants and indigenous peoples from neighbouring Redfern. Despite the harsh, choking conditions working on heavy steam powered rail machinery presents, those that endured spoke of its heart and soul, of forged friendships that would last a lifetime.
September 18, 2019
Contemporary photography is a major focus of the city‚??s September shows._continue reading
George Byrne Exit Vision
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Caroline Goldstein & Sarah Cascone
September 3, 2019
Artnet News highlights George Byrne: Exit Vision as a must see show this fall.¬†_continue reading
George Byrne Exit Vision
3 October 2015
Paul Davies cuts his stencils with the same kind of scalpel blade his ophthalmologist father uses to slice into eyes. The results are different of course. Davies junior's use of the scalpel is potentially far less messy and brings forth images that are apparently serene and seemingly two-dimensional. Yet the issue of redefining vision is the same. That is a theme that has defined this 36-year-old artist's career to this date. Born in Sydney, now living in Los Angeles, he often uses mid-20th-century modern architecture in his work yet says what is there is not what it seems._continue reading
June 1, 2019
Davies, a Sydney, Australia native now living in Los Angeles, pulls his visual references heavily from legendary if not infamous architectural structures, which he personally documents using digital photography and later (often years later) renders up in his large-scale, pulpy (in the full Tarantino version of the word) acrylic on canvas paintings. The show also features one-off, sunset-pastel, long-exposure photograms as well as his minimal, hand-painted, laser cut sculptures.¬†_continue reading
Paul Davies The Roaring Daze
May 10, 2019
Walk into Olsen Gruin Gallery in Culver City and step into another place and time. Surrounding viewers are what look like large-scale abstract expressionist paintings from the mid-century by mavericks who drank, cursed and smoked too much. But titles like "Mamungari ‘nya," "Ngura Pilti" and "Ngayuka mamaku ngura ini Makiri," all painted in 2018, are the first hint these might not be what they look like. In fact, they are figurative paintings by indigenous artists from Central Australia that constitute the dazzling new show, APY Lands LA: Central Desert Painters of Australia, through May 30 in Culver City. Presented in partnership with the Australian Consulate-General Los Angeles, it is the largest collection of Australian indigenous art ever shown in the Southland.
Featured image: Taylor Cooper, "Malara: 1 Wanampi Tjukurpa" 2018. acrylic on linen, 59.8 x 48 inches_continue reading
APY LANDS LA Central Desert Painters of Australia
April 12, 2019
Jonathan Goodman's Brooklyn Rail review of APY Lands explores Dreamtime paintings by Central Desert painters of Australia Yaritji Young, The Mitakiki Women's Collaborative and Sylvia Ken. These artists' aesthetic voice renders an ancient artistic tradition anew through exuberance and a freely expressed hand and holds an important place in the global artistic continuum. The energies and vibrancy of the paintings echo throughout the exhibition._continue reading
Yaritji Young + Tjala Arts APY LANDS
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OLSEN GALLERY , SYDNEY, NSW
Presenting a new series of works by the Sydney-born LA-based artist that reassembles the American urban landscape in photographic collages of colour and form.
George Byrne Post Truth