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The Shape of water

Belle Magazine
Harry Roberts
April 2018

A brush with nature lead Julian Meagher to widen his world view as seen in his luminous new work.

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Damien Hirst Denies Ripping Off Female Aboriginal Artists Was "Unaware" of Their Work

Daniel Grant
March 29, 2018

Lots of art looks (and sounds and reads) like other art, which is why fine artists and musicians and authors periodically lob accusations of ‚??stealing‚?Ě at one another.

View works by Kathy Maringka "Tali Ngura - Sandhill Country " and "Tjulpuntjulpunpa " featured in the Olsen Gruin 2017 exhibition "Sharing Country ". 

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SHARING COUNTRY curated by Adam Knight


Artent & Pyke
February 2018

Zoe Young has been featured on IN/OUT by Arent & Pyke after her very successful show at Olsen's Annexe gallery.  

Julian Meagher | Inlet Outlet
February 2018

In April 2017 Bega Valley Regional Gallery welcomed prominent Sydney artist Julian Meagher as inaugural artist in residence. A pilot project for a long term partnership between the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the BVRG, the residency offered the opportunity for visual artists to draw from the unique natural environment of the local region, whilst connecting with regional communities and expanding their practice outside of metropolitan studios.

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Julian Meagher Inlet/Outlet

Sally Anderson | 2017 Brett Whiteley Travlling Scholarship

Art Collector
Hayley Megan-French
Jan 2018

There is much competition for the grant and artist-in-redisnce opportunities in Australia and beyone. We take a look at two artists who have met with the approval of the institutions responsible for administering these opportunities. 

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Zoe's Special Place

The Australian
Alex Speed
December 2017

"There's nothing like a near-death experience to end procrastination. Just ask Zoe Young."  
Zoe Young has spoken to The Australian about how a traumatic near-death experience unleashed an inner urgency to paint. Young has drawn on simple moments of beauty to express a love of life. Her ethos; "Well there is beauty in the world. Look around you and find yours". Zoe Young's exhibition 'Orchard House' is on at OLSEN Annexe until Sunday Dec 17th. To read the full article by Alex Speed click here (subscriber only).

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Claudia Damichi Window installation for boutique The Standard Store

December 4, 2019

OLSEN Gallery artist Claudia Damichi has been invited to create a window artwork by yet another fashion apparel big gun - The Standard Store. For this work Claudia has made large scale original adhesive artworks for their Sydney and Melbourne stores that fuses her love of disco and optical art with reggae and Christmas. The super fun window collab will be installed until 28th December.

Leila Jeffreys featured in Design Files

February 2019

Congratulations to Leila Jeffreys feature in Design Files article "7 Women Shaking Up The Australian Art Scene." 

"Another lens-lady worthy of highlighting, and one who we have followed enthusiastically over the years is Sydney-based Leila Jeffreys. From introducing us to the incredible story of Penguin Bloom to highlighting endangered bird species through the astounding exhibitions and books she pours her heart into, Leila has become an unofficial poster girl for native Australian bird life."
For the full article visit here.

Leila Jeffreys | QBE MUSE @ Taronga Zoo

November 2017

At QBE MUSE @ Taronga Zoo, Leila Jeffreys' stunning larger-than-life photographs bring birds to the forefront and celebrate avian beauty and diversity like never before.
Please join Leila for a private viewing of her works at a unique outdoor exhibition in the lush grounds of Taronga Zoo and become immersed in a vision so powerful we promise you won't look at birds the same way again. Date: Wednesday 29th November Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm Venue: Taronga Zoo, Mosman (enter via main Zoo entrance) RSVP: By Friday 24th November to Pauline Georges at or 02 9932 4251 The evening will include a private walk with the artist followed by a special bird show in the magnificent ampitheatre overlooking Sydney Harbour. Drinks and nibbles are included. A percentage of sales of Leila's artworks will be donated to Taronga's conservation work. For details and the availability of Leila's works please contact OLSEN gallery.

Leila Jeffreys | Bergdorfs NYC

May 2019

Congratulations to Leila Jeffreys who has had her works put on display across 3 windows in the icon Bergdorf Goodman building in New York City. The works will remain on display until the 5th of June. See Leilas instagram post here.

NICHOLAS HARDING | Finalist in the Wynne Prize 2017 & Archibald 2017


CONGRATULATIONS to Nicholas Harding finalist in the 2017 WYNNE Prize as well as a finalist in the 2017 Archibald Prize for his portrait of John Olsen. Wilpena eucalypt and wattle, 2017, oil on linen, 183 x 245 cm 
Wilpena Pound is an amphitheatre of mountains in South Australia's Flinders Ranges National Park. Nicholas Harding describes his response to working from this landscape: 'Reflected sky pooling in stream water. Wattle blooms amongst bark and bough. Bleaching light refracted through twigs and leaves. Birdsong and insect buzz.
"John's irrepressible joie de vivre, in both his personality and work, was something I wanted to paint. This request was politely denied," says Harding. "Last year, however, after painting Tim for a National Portrait Gallery exhibition, he asked if I'd like to paint John. Then a sitting became impossible with the worsening of John's wife?s illness. Sadly, just before Christmas, Katherine died."
In January, John had his 89th birthday. He had been involved with his major retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria, then its imminent opening at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He was also painting new work for an exhibition in March. It was a time of mortal loss, emotional exhaustion and great achievement. At this profoundly complex moment of his life, with great generosity, John sat for me in his studio. The winners of the Wynne Prize and the Archibald will be announced on the 28th of July 2017.  

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Bigger Picture: Nicholas Harding

Weekend Australian
Christopher Allen
11 November 2017

Once, it seemed almost a mirable that art could capture the appearance of a man or woman, allowing them to live on in effigy for centuries after their disappearance...

Review of Nicolas Harding: 28 Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Until November 26.

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Nicholas Harding

Gilded History | Paul Davies

Vogue Magazine
Paul Davies

Australian artist Paul Davies reveals the genesis of his series of artworks linking 19th-century gold rushes in California and Australian with modern-day Los Angeles

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Paul Davies

Taronga Zoo bird display puts visitors 'up close and personal' with endangered species

The Sydney Morning Herald
Peter Hannam
25 Ocrtober 2017

Visitors to Taronga Zoo over the next month are likely to be confronted by an unusual exhibition as they meander between enclosures.

Giant images of 10 birds, some of them endangered, will be scattered at key points around the zoo as part of an inaugural QBE Muse exhibition aimed at highlighting the beautiful intricacy of a species that is too often missed in the zoo and in the wild.

Image: Taronga Zoo bird keeper Brendan Host holds Griffin the sooty owl with an image of the bird taken by photographic artist Leila Jefferys. Photo: Kate Geraghty

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Leila Jeffreys Ornithurae Volume 1

Paul Davies in Los Angeles


The MAK Centre for Art and Architecture West Hollywood and This x That (who dedicates to bringing architecture and design to broader audiences) present a site-specific installation by artist Paul Davies at the Fitzpatrick-Leland House in Los Angeles.

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Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

The Canberra Times
Ron Cerabona
22 October 2017

In discussing what made a good portrait artist, Nicholas Harding cited a Chinese saying that it took "the head, the heart and the hand".

Harding - who won the 2001 Archibald Prize for a portrait of John Bell as King Lear - was at the National Portrait Gallery on Friday to talk about his exhibition Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits which is on display until November 26. Curated by Dr Sarah Engledow, it features works in a range of media including oil paintings of actor Hugo Weaving and writer Robert Drewe, gouache paintings of Harding's mother-in-law Edie Watkins and actress Anna Volska, and spur-of-the-moment drawings of airline passengers drawn on refuse and airsick bags.

Image: Artist Nicholas Harding at his exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits. Photo: Jamila Toderas

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Nicholas Harding

Big Apple Impact

Sydney Morning Herald, Private Sydney
Andrew Hornery
21 October 2017

Australian birdlife was also ruffling feathers in New York last week when Sydney gallery owner Tim Olsen had a star-studded cast turn up for the launch of artist Leila Jeffreys' extraordinary bird portraits at his Manhattan gallery Olsen Gruin, which has made quite an impact on the Big Apple art scene in just a few short months.

Image: Brooke Shields with Tim Olsen and Emerald Gruin in New York. Photo: Supplied

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Leila Jeffreys Ornithurae Volume 1

Head to head Tim Storrier v McLean Edwards in Australia's richest art prize

The Daily Telegraph
Jacqui Taffel, Wentworth Courier
17 October 2017

ARTIST McLean Edwards is all over the Doug Moran portrait prize this year.

The two paintings he entered, of film maker Warwick Thornton and a self-portrait, were selected as semi-finalists. The self-portrait made it into the finalists, as did Tim Storrier’s portrait of Edwards, both vying to win $150,000 this week in Australia’s richest art prize.

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McLean Edwards Marsupials

Brooke Sheilds Manhattan Townhouse

PEOPLE Hollywood at Home
October 2017

Brooke Sheilds' Manhattan Townhouse. 
The actress decorates with style and substance.

Feathering her nest - Skye the Cockatoo - one of several large scale bird photos by Shields's friend Australian artist Leila Jeffreys on display - watches over the kitchen...

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Leila Jeffreys Ornithurae Volume 1

Alan Jones | Winner of UNSW Print Prize at the Paddington Art Prize

October 2017

Olsen Gallery wishes congratulations to Alan Jones, Winner of the UNSW Print Prize at the Paddington Art Prize for Painting 160 (Dunningham Reserve). 

Painting 160 (Dunnigham Reserve), 2017, acrylic on linen

For a full list of finalists click here. The Paddington Art Prize exhibition will be open to the public for viewing from Thursday October 12 until Sunday 22 October 2017.