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Photographer Leila Jeffries Exhibits Exotic Wildlife Works In New Salon Series

July 25, 2018

“I was walking down 5th Ave one evening and in the window of Bergdorfs was the most magical display of a photographers work with brightly festooned mannequins I had ever seen,” shares Carole Reed. “Searching up the artist immediatley I suddenly found myself obsessed by these bird portraits on Instagram, then they appeared behind the shoulder of Brooke Shields in a recent InStyle shoot, it seemed they were everywhere. As both a curator and interior designer I adore the clean graphic quality of her work while also appreciating the memorable emotional charge her subjects emit to their viewers.”

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So Fine Contemporary Women Artists make Australian history

National Portrait Gallery
Fiona McMonagle
July 2018

Fiona McMonagle
Contributing artists /

Born: 1977, Letterkenny, Ireland Works: Melbourne

So Fine exhibition showing from Friday 29 June until Monday 1 October 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition features new works from ten women artists reinterpreting and reimaging elements of Australian history.

Artist statement

Under Britain's child migrant scheme - operating from the 1920s through to the late 1960s - over 130,000 children were forcibly sent to ‘a better life' in former colonies, mainly Australia and Canada. Many were children of single mothers who had been forced to give them up for adoption, or had left them temporarily in British orphanages until they were fit to reclaim them.

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Review - Unmasking the portraiture of McLean Edwards
Andrew McIlroy
July 9, 2018

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize judge, Wendy Sharpe, described Tim Storrier's 2017 winning painting of fellow Australian artist McLean Edwards as "an arresting, intriguing image at once both disturbing and playful". Storrier's portrait of his friend in The Lunar Savant (Portrait of McLean Edwards) indeed presents such a contrast.

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Related exhibition
McLean Edwards Marsupials


June 2018

Congratulations to Zoe Young who has been awarded the Pirtek Prize for Still Life Painting at the Bowral Art Gallery for her work Apples for tea, which will be a part of her upcoming show Winter Soundtrack at Olsen Gallery

Dramartistry with Mclean Edwards

May 2018

Experience Dramartistry with Mclean Edwards as presented by the Sydney Art Quartet at Yellow House. Deep, rich & stormy music fuses with psychological portraiture when Mclean Edwards joins the Art Quartet. Sink deep into sound while McLean Edwards depicts an inner world - all in his darkly humorous & magnetic style. Your own sketch kit is welcome to add to the drama for these unique concert experiences.
Yellow House Sydney 57-59 Macleay St Potts Point NSW 2011

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Julian Meagher | Art with Heart

June 2018

Very Special Kids' presents the Art with Heart auction. Very Special Kids is a children's charity that helps more than 900 families across Victoria who have a child with a life threatening condition with on going support from diagnosis all the way through bereavement. Julian Meagher will be participating in the charities Art exhibition and auction for exceptional fine paintings and sculptures from leading contemporary artists. See Julian's featured work below.

Wapengo #2, 2018 oil on linen 153 _ 122 cm

Laura Jones | Art with Heart

June 2018

Laura Jones will be participating in the Art with Heart Auction presented by the Very Special Kids charity.
The free-of-charge family support services include counseling, advocacy, sibling support, bereavement
support, networking and peer activities, trained family volunteers and specialist care at Very Special Kids Hospice.
Very Special Kids Hospice is the only children's hospice in Victoria and we offer families access to planned and emergency respite, as well as end-of-life care. The hospice provides 24-hour medical and nursing care
in a warm and welcoming environment. It costs more than $8 million each year to operate Very Special Kids. The generosity of the community is essential for sustaining this wonderful charity.
Midnight Banksia, 2018 oil on linen 122 _ 102 cm price estimate $6,000 - 8,000

Andrew Taylor & Matthew Johnson | Art with Heart

June 2018

Very Special Kids presents Art With Heart auction. Andrew Taylor? and Matthew Johnson will? be participating in the charities Art exhibition and auction for exceptional fine paintings and sculptures from leading contemporary artists. See Andrew and Matthews featured works below.   

Left: Outside: Friday, 2017 oil on linen 183 x 183 cm

Laura Jones | Art of Music Charity

May 2018

Laura Jones has created a work for the "Art of Music" charity which is held at the Art Gallery of NSW. The charity raises money for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy. To read more about the charity click here.      

George Byrne | The Guardian

The Guardian
Nell Frizzell
Thursday 26th April 2018

Nell Frizzell interviews George Byrne in this months issue of The Guardian. George speaks of a moment whilst on a road trip from Los Angeles to Philadelphia.
"At a time of Islamophobia in the western world, it was a moment of connection,"
To read the full article please click here .

Claudia Damichi | Domain Prestige

Australian Financial Review
May 5, 2018

An interview with Claudia Damichi features in Domain Prestige in The AFR this week. "The work jams strong palettes up against each other. It jumps out at you, but the longer you stay with these works, the more they give." For more details on Claudia Damichi's upcoming show, please click here

profile: Julian Meagher

Vogue Living Australia
Freya Herring
May/June 2018

Through the touch of this gifted Sydney artist, some of lifes most ordinary elements become extraordinary works of art.

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Space Dahlias

Vogue Living
May/June 2018

Laura Jones's painting has been featured in this months issue of Vogue Living.


Artwork details: 

 Space Dahlias 2018

 oil on linen

122 x 102cm


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? 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.  

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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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Related exhibition
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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