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Re-imaginings: Nostalgia and cultural memory in the paintings of Dani McKenzie and McLean Edwards

andrewmcilroy.com
Andrew McIlroy
April 28, 2020

The packed dance floor each Thursday evening at the Rainbow Hotel in the hip inner-Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy was wedged between the corner of the bar and the heavy crimson drape masking the dimly lit entrance to the beer garden, the room thick with cigarette smoke, for the most part.

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Dani McKenzie Recognising Strangers

Jacqui Stockdale

Artist Profile
Nur Shkembi
February 2020

Melbourne-based artist Jacqui Stockdale works across photography, drawing, painting, collage and performance to explore the disparate and overlooked histories of Australia. Through archetypal characters, symbolism and carefully researched theatrical settings, costumes, and props including live animals, Stockdale focuses her lens on the female narratives of the past in the hope of shedding some light on the fraught issues of Australia as a nation in the present.

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Laura Jones 'Arcadia'

March 2020

Arcadia by Laura Jones opens at Glasshouse, Port Macquarie 6 March at 6pm. The exhibition will run from 7 March – 19 April 2020.

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Yaritji Tingila Young Is Leading The Way For The Next Generation Of Indigenous Artists

The Design Files
Sally Tabart
March 4 2020

Yaritji Tingila Young’s award-winning artwork is immediately captivating. She is a leader and director of Tjala Arts, an Aboriginal owned and governed business where truly incredible work is created. Stories and culture are passed down to the next generation here, and artists are able to generate income on their own terms. It’s such an important place for the community, and Yaritji Tingila is a huge part of that.

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My First Great Love

The Wentworth Courier
Tess Durack
27 February 2020

Dinosaur Designs' Louise Olsen first love was painting and she's preparing for her first solo show



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Louise Olsen Pollination

Paul Davies Works Aquired by Geelong Gallery

February 2020

Geelong Gallery have just acquired works from the series of sunlight photograms Paul Davies made on residency at the Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Westin Phoenix, Arizona.


These works were made outdoors under direct sunlight and have also been acquired by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park.



Louise Olsen to silence the naysayers with solo show

Sydney Morning Herald
Linda Morris
21 February, 2020

In art school, Louise Olsen kept herself in paints selling colourful t-shirts and resin jewellery at Paddington Markets, heeding the work ethic of her father, the celebrated artist, John Olsen whose creed was: "Be lovers, not others, be givers, not takers, us Olsens are workers."

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Louise Olsen Pollination

The Ned Kelly legend as you have never seen it

The Age
Nick Miller
February 21, 2020

You don’t get much more Australian than this. Ned Kelly’s girlfriend, riding Phar Lap, which has just deposited a pile of golden nuggets.

Melbourne artist Jacqui Stockdale gets that it’s funny. It’s intended to be.

 But look again, she says.

“I’ve called it Such is Love. She’s a message. I don’t want to use the word powerful. But it’s absurd. Ned Kelly’s absurd. This is summing up Australia.”

 

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The Office

Belle Magazine
February 2020



'The world's most hopeless art heist': Sydney artist's bushfire relief painting stolen

Sydney Morning Herald
Sally Rawsthorne
14/02/2020

A painting by a celebrated Sydney artist stolen from a Mascot business while the paint was still wet has been recovered.

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Geelong acquisition news

February 2020

Geelong Gallery have acquired works by Paul Davies from a series of sunlight photograms made on residency at the Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Westin Phoenix, Arizona.


These works were made outdoors under direct sunlight and have also been acquired by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park.




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Paul Davies West Site Stories

'The world's most hopeless art heist': Sydney artist's bushfire relief painting stolen

Sydney Morning Herald
Sally Rawsthorne
11/02/2020

A celebrated Sydney artist whose still wet painting was stolen from a business in Mascot last week hopes the thief is caught red-handed.

Painter Laura Jones had just finished an 81 x 61cm oil canvas of Australian native flowers that was to be auctioned for bushfire relief when she took it to a business in Mascot to be photographed ahead of the National Art School's Home: Bushfire Relief Art Auction Fundraiser on Wednesday.

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Paul Davies

Artist Profile
Andrew Frost
February 2020

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Paul Davies
By Louise Martin-Chew
Jan – Mar 2020



John Olsen

Artist Profile
Steve Lopes + Leo Robba
Issue 16, 2011

In his ninth decade, John Olsen’s legendary lust for life is as obvious as ever and so is his devotion to drawing, a practice that has underpinned his long and distinguished career. What is also evident when talking with Olsen is that his diverse life experiences have informed his approach to art. Memories of tough times during the Depression in the late 1920s, creative battles of a life spent dedicated to art, and the many wonderful people who have shared his world and great places he has visited are all deeply intertwined through his work. He is still looking outward, projecting what he sees and more importantly celebrating life - just as he did as a young boy growing up in Newcastle, discovering a passion for drawing.

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John Olsen Recent Works

Stephen Bird | National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design | Oslo

July 2013

Stephen Bird's ceramic works feature in 'Horizon - Landscapes, Ceramics and Print' currently showing at Norway's National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design. The exhibition runs from 14 June?2013 to 23 February?2014.
"The exhibition 'Horizon - Landscapes, Ceramics and Print' is a visual narrative, illustrating the journey of landscapes, images and patterns through differing media to their realisation on the blue, black, pink, white tableware of The National Museum's Decorative Arts Collection." - Museum of Decorative Arts and Design



Soho House's new Downtown L.A. Warehouse Does It All: From Hotel to Coworking Space to Dinner and Drinks

Fortune
Danielle Bernaby
November 24, 2019

The 25th property in Soho House & Co.’s elaborate portfolio, Soho Warehouse occupies a seven-story building in downtown Los Angeles dating back to 1916.

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Paul Davies six-by-18-foot acrylic painting at SOHO Warehouse LA

Fortune Magazine
November 26, 2019

OLSEN Gallery artist Paul Davies' six-by-18-foot commissioned painting is a feature of the Soho House's new downtown LA warehouse and coworking space. It features in Fortune online.   To read the article in full click here.

"A six-by-18-foot acrylic painting, topping cozy restaurant banquettes, depicts the backyard of a quintessential mid-century home; a long gander at it elicits a daydream of L.A.’s never-ending summer. “The home does not exist as it appears in the painting; instead it is a composite of modern homes I’ve photographed in Southern California,” says painter Paul Davies."



Stephen Ormandy X Hermès Collaboration

November 20, 2019

Hermès have collaborated with OLSEN Gallery artist Stephen Ormandy on a window display and brightly wrapped exterior for their City store at 135 Elizabeth St, Sydney.  



Bo Droga | Miami Dominoes has been selected as one of 26 Successful World Wide Street Art Projects

November 2019

"Public art has the power to reshape the way we experience our cities. We saw that time and again during my time as Mayor of New York City: art could remake streets and improve public safety, inspire people, draw in visitors, and enhance residents' quality of life," said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. When we combined our public art projects with our efforts to strengthen city infrastructure, through new public plazas or bike lanes, we created even safer, more vibrant streets for everyone. Now, we?re working to share our experience and enliven streets and plazas around the world."

- Michael R. Bloomberg

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Bloomberg Associates have announced the Asphalt Art Initiative; 26 projects from around the world implemented in the past decade, showcasing the variety of successful ways to incorporate artwork on city streets and public infrastructure, including Bo Droga's Miami Dominoes. "My artwork "Miami Dominoes" is a site specific installation that aims at enhancing the concrete infrastructure of the underline metro rail near the University of Miami Metro Rail Station. For thousands of students, locals and visitors, the Rail Station is a critical gateway to access the university, their homes and the local business services, including shops, medical centers and much more. Unfortunately, the heavy concrete structure underneath the railway tracks is a real eye sore. My artwork "Miami Dominoes" offers to transform the concrete pylons into a visually fun, playful and thought provoking installation that celebrates creativity through the method of trompe l?oeil. Turning the concrete pylons into a set of Dominos game pieces, the thematic behind "Miami Dominoes" transcends all ages, all cultural and socio economic backgrounds. It will create an element of pride for the local neighborhood and will be enjoyed by the greater Miami community and visiting tourists."

- Bo Droga