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3 September 2017
Laura brings to life her experience of witnessing the Great Barrier Reef’s changing conditions, how she learnt to use her art as a form of activism and how she worked alongside science to interpret and bring attention to the problems that our planet is facing._continue reading
16 August 2017
OLSEN gallery is pleased to announce Juz Kitson's That which provides safety and the possibility of growth, that which you can put your trust in, 2017 has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Wynne Prize.
Image: Juz Kitson, That which provides safety and the possibility of growth, that which you can put your trust in, 2017
"This installation is a heady mix of artefact and disturbing viscera, a kind of contemporary shamanism, playing with representations and perceptions of the human and animal condition." "The universal language here represents the outsider versus the insider, acceptance and isolation, connection and displacement ? a theme that is constant in the lives of people living in remote areas, though is ultimately united by the human condition." "The juxtaposition of inanimate materials is suggestive of the cycle of life. It also creates the sense that the work is alive, in an ironic way, as all living things decay." Juz Kitson, 2017 The Wynne Prize winner is to be announced on Friday July 28th 2017.
Congratulations are in order for Alan Jones for his selection as a finalist in the 2017 Wynne Prize for his painting Painting 218 (The Domain), 2016.
"This landscape is a reflection of everyday life. It depicts a walk that I took to the Art Gallery of New South Wales with my son. It had just stopped raining and the sun was reflecting on the wet trees and pathway, creating a silvery light." "I enjoyed experimenting with collage to produce this work. It is one of the more abstract landscapes I have produced. It felt free from formal constraints. I worked quickly and intensely on each assembled piece. Applying thin acrylic washes to raw plywood added an element of unpredictability and immediacy, like working in a sketchpad."
Alan Jones, 2017
The Wynne Prize winner is to be announced on Friday July 28th 2017.
The gallery wishes congratulations to Sophie Cape, finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize for Awake, O Sleeper.
Image: Awake, O Sleeper, 2017 soil, bulldust, blood, charcoal, acrylic, oil, pastel, graphite, ink on canvas 169 x 213cm
The Ravenswood Australian Women?s Art Prize is an annual prize that was founded to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established female artists in Australia. The winner will be announced at the exhibition opening on 4 August, 2017.
23 June 2017
29 June 2017
Sydney Contemporary Olsen Stand F01 - Colour and Form
Thursday June 15 2017
OLSEN Gallery would like to congratulate George Byrne as the winner of this year's Head On Photo Festival's Landscape NSW Award. Byrne's winning photograph Murwillumbah #1 was taken whilst the artist was in residency on the far north coast of New South Wales in 2016.
"As an artist in residence in December 2016 at a hotel on Cabarita Beach on New South Wales's far north coast. I was struck by the region's raw beauty and moved by the spirituality of Mount Warning as an ancient epicentre of indigenous life. Here Mount Warning is depicted in a local mural near Murwillumbah."[/caption] To read more about George Byrne's practice, please follow this link to Feature Shoot's?latest article on the artist. George Byrne will exhibit his work at Halcyon House as part of a pop-up show from May 19th-21st this year. Following that, it will travel to Olsen Annexe Gallery in Woollahra for two weeks. His exhibition New Order opens at OLSEN GRUIN in New York this summer. Follow along on Byrne?s Instagram for updates and Olsen Gallery's website to view his available works.
OLSEN gallery would like to congratulate artist Stephen Bird whose painting Man by a Fire has been selected as a finalist?of the Calleen Art Prize at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive national painting prize in any subject and style. 2017 marks the 40 year anniversary for the Calleen Art Award and during the past ten years it has developed a unique reputation as a major art prize in regional New South Wales. Fellow OLSEN Gallery artist Peter Gardiner won the prize in 2011 for his painting Landscape 2010 No. VIII (2010). Stephen Bird, Man by a fire, oil on wood, 80 x 60cm, 2017[/caption] Read more about the Calleen Art Award here.
Stephen Bird will be exhibiting and speaking at this month?s 9th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale in Korea. Dates: 22 April ? 28 May, 2017 Venue: Icheon Cerapia, Gwangju Gonjiam Ceramic Park, Yeoju Dojasesang, KOREA
Living the artistic life sounds romantic, but there have been some dark and difficult moments in the life of the irrepressible artist John Olsen and his family. Susan Chenery meets a living legend and his talented offspring._continue reading
John Olsen New Works
10 March 2017
"Hello, my lovelies, you are still here," the artist John Olsen exclaims as if approaching old friends. On the wall of the Art Gallery of NSW are a series of oils painted in the early 1960s from which the new retrospective, John Olsen: the you beaut country, borrows its laconic title._continue reading