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Alan Jones is awarded highly commended in Tattersals Club landscape Prize 2019

September 2019

Congratulations to ALAN JONES awarded highly commended for his painting Painting 263 (Mike Kenny Oval) in the 2019 Tattersalls Club Landscape Prize. Jones will be one of the artists we feature at Sydney Contemporary next week.

The Imagined Architecture of George Byrne's

Katy Donoghue
September 5, 2019

George Byrne's "Exit Vision" opens this week at Olsen Gruin in New York. The new series of work includes pastel photo-collages of images captured in Miami, Los Angeles, and Sydney - inspired by architecture, color, and culture.

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Artist You Need to Know: George Byrne

Art Zealous
Caitlin Confort
September 4, 2019

Art Zealous' Caitlin Confort sits down with artist George Byrne to discuss his photography practice, his collaborations with Soho House, and his newest exhibition at Olsen Gruin, Exit Vision.

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Claudia Damichi Collaborates with Australian Designers Jac+Jack

September 2019

Australian designers Jac+Jack recently invited Claudia Damichi to create an impressive 13 meter wide window installation to launch their Spring 2K19 Collection in the Strand Arcade Sydney. Referencing her existing body of work and drawing on the collection's Memphis Milano inspired palette, Claudia created a geometric adhesive that illuminated colour like a modernist cathedral.

MICHELLE CAWTHORN | FLOW Wollongong Art Gallery National Contemporary Watercolour Prize 2019

August 2019

Congratulations to Michelle Cawthorn who has been selected for the FLOW Wollongong Art Gallery Contemporary Watercolour Prize
Featured image: Michelle Cawthorn, Garden at Manchester Road, 2019 acrylic, watercolour, Indian ink, white gauche, graphite and archival pen on Hahnemüle paper 79 x 108 cm  
FLOW Contemporary Watercolour prize is a biennial acquisitive competition open to artists from around Australia. The prize aims to encourage innovation and experimentation in watercolour painting, including works on paper in watercolour, acrylic, gouache, pen and ink, and watercolour mixed media.   For more information on visiting the exhibition click here.  

Alan Jones winner of Cicada Press Award at 2018 Paddington Art Prize leads to a new body of work at Olsen Annexe

August 2019


OLSEN Gallery artist Alan Jones was the winner of the 2018 Cicada Print Award as part of the prestigious Paddington Art Prize. This recognition has sparked inspiration for a new body of etchings that will be shown in the OLSEN Annexe this November.
Alan Jones
OLSEN Annexe, 1 - 16 November 2019 Opening: Saturday 2 November, 2-4pm

PHILJAMES | Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2019 Finalist

August 2019

 Congratulations to Philjames who have been selected for the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2019. With prize money totalling $26,000, the Award showcases outstanding art created with paper. Artists compete for the $15,000 major award; the Young & Early Career Artist and the Friends of Hazelhurst Local Artist Awards ($5,000 each); and the People's Choice Award ($1,000), plus the Hazelhurst Preparator?s choice Residency Award.


Off the Wall with Paul Davies

Soho House
Charlotte Steinway
24 July, 2019

The LA-based, Australian-born artist tells us about his latest work, debuting in the Soho Warehouse rooftop. To read the full article on Paul Davies click here.

Luke Storrier | A Fine Balance

Belle Magazine Art RIGHT NOW
July 2019

'Still' National Still Life Award 2019 | Finalists Michael Cusack and Stephen Bird

July 2019

OLSEN Gallery congratulates Stephen Bird and Michael Cusack on their selection as finalists for 'STILL' National Still Life Award 2019. Still is a biennial, acquisitive award for artworks in the genre of still life, in all mediums. The award is open to artists at all stages of their careers. Still: National Still Life Award seeks to highlight the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice, broadening the interpretation and meaning of this enduring genre. The Still exhibition opens on Friday 20th September 2019, with the official opening on Saturday 21st September, and runs until Saturday 16th November 2019 at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.


July 2019

OLSEN Gallery congratulates artist Stephen Bird on his selection as a finalist in the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award. The finalist works will be on display at the Shepparton Art Museum until September, 2019. The Museum is located at 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton, VIC.


July 2019

Cult announces a new collaborative project - The Cult Curated Edition by Infinite Design Studio - a pop-up store taking place in Sydney?s Eastern Suburbs. The Queen's Court pop-up will feature a highly curated selection of designer furniture from Cult's most iconic brands. Opening in mid-July, The Cult Curated Edition by Infinite Design Studio is a pop-up retail store featuring a selection of iconic Cult pieces, curated by Infinite Design Studio's Michelle Macarounas. In a larger scale extension to the already popular Curated Edition - Infinite Design Studio's monthly in-studio curation of art and design - The Cult Curated Edition pop-up will be located just across the courtyard from Infnite Design's Woollahra Studio. The Cult Curated by Infinite Design features a number of works from the OLSEN Gallery stockroom.

Stephen Ormandy | Solo Exhibition in Paris

July 13, 2019

Stephen Ormandy presented an impressive solo exhibition?titled Les formes sont des couleurs, at Galerie Bessieres in Paris. 

'By moving beyond a diametrical opposition between geometric and lyrical abstraction, Stephen Ormandy handles abstraction in a refreshing manner. The artist did not only pay constant attention to form and color, but also places value on emotional contact with people viewing his work. His approach represents an ideal equilibrium in painting today.'

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Zoe Young | 2019 Portia Geach Memorial Award Finalist

July 2019

Congratulations to Zoe Young who has won the $30,000 Portia Geach Memorial Award for 2018.

The judging panel included: Samantha Meers, Art Gallery of New South Wales trustee; Natalie Wilson, curator of Australian and Pacific art at AGNSW; and director of S.H Ervin Gallery Jane Watters.

“The Portia Geach is vital for female artists across the country and has provided a much-needed platform to display the work of young, emerging artists alongside that of established painters whose work I greatly admire. The award gives me the support to progress my artistic practice and I look forward to creating my next body of work.” – Zoe Young

Works by all 50 finalists are on view at the S.H. Ervin Gallery until 2 December. 

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A Fine Balance

Belle Magazine
Edited by Harry Roberts
September 2019

Luke Storrier’s new series began with a trip to Wilcannia, accompanied only by his dog Ace (both pictured left), where the artist was moved by the isolated, arid landscape, as well as the drought’s visible toll on local fauna.


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Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Hosting Annual Melbourne Gala Dinner

July 2019

The Brandenburg Orchestra will be hosting their annual Melbourne Gala Dinner on July 17 at the Metropolis on Southbank. The evening is one dedicated to fine dining, wine and splendid music, as well as the opportunity to support the orchestra and celebrate our many supporters. The Brandenburg are delighted to include this stunning painting from Zoe Young as a part of our auction, the proceeds of which will go towards developing our artistic programs and furthering the orchestra in taking bold creative steps in 2020 and beyond. We would like to offer audiences of the Olsen Gallery a 10% discount on our upcoming Fourth Season ?Next Generation Baroque? as a way of extending our thanks and appreciation to the gallery for their enduring support and partnership.

Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award

June 2019

The Shepparton Art Museum's is holding it's flagshib biennal exhibition, The 2019 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award (SMFACA)  The SCMFACA creates opportunities for artists to produce new bodies of work. As a $50,000 acquisitive prize, the SMFACA cements its place as Australia?s premier Award in the medium of contemporary ceramics. Judges: Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia; Stephen Benwell, Artist; and Dr Rebecca Coates, Director, Shepparton Art Museum. Friday 21?June 2019, 6pm to 8pm SAM, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton

Vipoo Srivilasa in All That's Gold Does Glitter An Exhibition of Glamorous Ceramics'

June 2019

Six of Vipoo Srivilasa's porcelain sculptures are on show at the Macau Museum of Art as part of Art Macau. 'All That's Gold Does Glitter, An Exhibition of Glamorous Ceramics', features 90 ceramic masterpieces from outstanding artists from 13 different countries and regions'.

Cureated by internationally acclaimed artist, Caroline Cheng. The exquisite contemporary ceramics show is the largest and highest-level ceramic art exhibition in the Greater Bay Area to date. The show will 'challenge the definition of contemporary ceramics, showing a global audience that clay can be extravagant and luxurious'. Held at four casino-hotels operated by Sands China, including the Venetian Hotel.

The exhibition opens June 8th 2019 and will continue until mid October 2019.

Beauty, Divinity and Universality: The art of Laura Jones

Andrew McIlroy
4 June 2019

Sydney art dealer Tim Olsen describes artist Laura Jones as “the real deal”.  In an era where so many artists are caught in an existential crisis, paroled by a desire to create pretty work in order to appeal to the widest possible audience, Jones transcends this hubbub.

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McLean Edwards

Aritist Profile
Saskia Beudel
Issue 47 | 2019


McLean Edwards said to writer Saskia Beudel, as they spoke in his studio, ‘We should be fearsome, us artists and writers. People should tremble when we enter the room.’ Few painters can claim to be an inspiration to their generation as Edwards can.

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