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29 September 2015
“My work is driven by friction between opposing forces of built and natural environments, design and art, abstraction and figuration.” We chat to Davies about his new exhibition ‘Other Desert Spaces’ and the direction his move to Los Angeles has steered his work._continue reading
21 September 2015
Guy Warren denies being Australia's oldest working and exhibiting artist, but he's willing to concede that he may be our best looking. At the grand age of 94, he still paints and draws several days a week in his Leichhardt studio.
"I feel 40," he says. "What the hell, age doesn't really matter."
In the past 18 months, Warren has been travelling in Ecuador, Alice Springs and remote NSW. The Dust of Memory, his exhibition of landscape paintings drawn from his travels, opens this weekend at Olsen Irwin Galleries._continue reading
27 August 2015
AIn April this year, the day after Sydney's spectacular storms, artist Alan Jones arrived at his Alexandria studio to find 17 of his new paintings floating in melted hail.
15 August 2015
This artist, who died In England in March, left a legacy of work that identifies him as one of the most significant Australian landscape painters._continue reading
9 August 2015
Many people find the concrete and glass sprawl of LA to be ugly and isolating, but Paul Davies sees the city as a work of art. "You have this incredible built environment of modernist architecture right within a natural environment of sunshine, canyons and oceans," he says. "You can't help but be inspired."_continue reading
Olsen Irwin artist Alan Jones has been awarded the coveted Mosman Art Prize. The Mosman Art Prize is the longest continuously running municipal art prize in Australia and has a rich tradition of fostering emerging and established artist. Painting 131 (North Coogee) won against a competitive field of 104 finalists to claim the illustrious $30,000 prize. Jones' work explores notions of identity and the human experience within the landscape. Katrina Cashman, Mosman Art Prize Coordinator & Senior Curator, commented on Jones' work.
"Alan Jones is one of the most interesting artists of his generation and his artwork Painting 131 (North Coogee) will make a very strong statement within the Mosman Art Collection."Olsen Irwin is incredibly proud of Alan's achievement and is looking forward to his upcoming show Paintings from Coogee 26 August - 13 September 2015. The Mosman Art prize runs from the 25th of July to the 30th of August and is free. There is also a meet the artist public program from 3-4pm on Sunday 16th of August. If you're interested to see more works of Alan Jones's please see our stockroom
TURN TURN TURN celebrates many of the key styles and movements that evolved over 60 years in the studios of the internationally renowned ceramics course at the National Art School. Curated by Glenn Barkley. The exhibition has a focus group of twelve artists whose work represents a diversity of ceramics production at NAS, and by NAS graduates, across more than six decades of education and creative production. The artists include Stephen Bird, Louise Boscacci, Lynda Draper, Merran Esson, Steve Harrison, Patsy Hely, Juz Kitson, Janet Mansfield, Alan Peascod, Peter Rushforth AM, Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher Jones AO and Toni Warburton. The Exhibition also features the works of another 50 artists with connections to the NAS. Olsen Irwin's own Brett Stone is a notable feature with his Staged Stack making mention in the the Australian's review of the exhibition. The Exhibition runs until August 8th
13 May 2015
Delafield Cook's name was put firmly on the British art map when Elton John bought almost an entire show._continue reading
April 9 2015
With a portrait in last year's Archibald Prize exhibition and as a finalist in several other art shows, Anh Do's artistic credentials would seem to be beyond doubt.
But Do's gallery dealer Rex Irwin has been a tough judge to please.
"He came before last year's Archibald and he looked at all the work and he went 'This is pretty much all not good enough'," Do says. "And I said 'What about that one? That's my dad and I'm going to put him in the Archibald' and he said 'No, not very good'."
Sophie Cape is a former professional athlete who retired from competitive sport ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics due to injury. She dabbled in art from a young age – inspired by her artist grandmother (Gwenna Thatcher) and mother (Ann Cape) – but it was when her sporting career came to an abrupt end that her art making became the perfect outlet for her restless, athletic energy and her love of being outdoors. Cape immerses herself physically and emotionally into the landscape. It’s here that she has discovered and developed her unique visual language, making large-scale, visceral artworks composed predominately outside, on the ground in seclusion._continue reading
Jan 7 2015
Our writers look at those artists who are currently attracting curatorial interest from public institutions through inclusion in exhibitions or major acquisitions._continue reading
For me, Instagram is a land of the midnight sun, a wide-open place that's always lit up, bristling with visions, pictures, strangers, shooting stars, screwballs, and well-known artists posting images from everywhere, together creating this immense abstract missive or amazing rebus that seems to speak just to me, the curious curator of my own lit-up Instagramland. Strangest in this strange land is that 123,000 people now follow me. Or are following their idea of me: New York Magazine's art critic acting out in pictures online._continue reading
Alphachanneling (Summer Show)
Leila Jeffreys' photography features on the cover of the Australian Geographic March-April 2014 issue. The work will be part of Jeffreys' upcoming Olsen Irwin exhibition Native Australian Birds of Prey in September 2014. Pictured in the work is a wedge-tailed eagle named Soren, belonging to Paul Mander, a licensed raptor trainer and owner of Broadwings, a center dedicated to the conservation of raptors in Australia. Jeffrey's has worked closely with Mander over the past year and a half in preparation for the upcoming exhibition.
Online design publication Yellwtrace have recently featured Leila Jeffreys on their website with an interview. Leila talks about the personal significance of her practice as well as some of the ideas behind her latest exhibition Prey, currently on show at Olsen Irwin.
"Prey is a celebration of what makes Australia special and is a reminder that one of our biggest assets soars in the skies above us." - Leila Jeffreys
Leila Jeffreys' photographs have been covered on Feature Shoot, a blog that showcases the work of international emerging and established innovative photographers. The article identifies the artist's childhood as a significant influence on her practice today, Leila having grown up in Papua New Guinea, India and Australia, and always surrounded by wildlife. To read the article click here. You can still view Leila's latest exhibition Prey, on display at Olsen Irwin until the 28th of September.
Nicholas Harding has been featured in Art Collector's Under 5K, an annual presentation of works by established artists that are available for less than $5,000. Included in the mix are Nicholas Harding's watercolour works completed during a residency in Paris and etchings produced for his recent exhibition at Olsen Irwin Drawing Godot. Olsen Irwin director Rex Irwin talks of Hardings etchings of the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Waiting for Godot as, 'Far more exciting than a photo, they capture the immediacy of the drama and sit comfortably in the pantheon of great artists such as Degas, Lautrec and Hockney who worked from life studying performers both on and off stage.'
A number of works by Nicholas Harding make up part of Arcadia, Sound Of The Sea, a new exhibition centered around the astonishing beauty and formidable power of the sea. Harding's ink drawings combine with photography and old film footage to paint a romantic picture of the young, free-spirited people who were a part of Australian surf culture in the 70's and their interaction with the nature around them. Arcadia, Sound Of The Sea: National Portrait Gallery 14 August - 19 October 2014 Geelong Gallery 29 November 2014 - 22 February 2015 Tweed River Art Gallery 2 October - 15 November 2015
Image:Nicholas Harding, 'Diggers Scrub (Figures, Board and Bottle)', 2014, ink on paper, 164 x 153cm