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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
On Focus with Wendy Harmer
9 Mar 2017
John Olsen is one of Australia's greatest artists, with works across multiple mediums produced over nearly seven decades.
The John Olsen: You Beaut Country exhibition features some of his most iconic and arresting works, including large-scale paintings of Sydney Harbour and Lake Eyre as well as his career-defining landscape series.
He spoke with Wendy Harmer about his excitement for this exhibition and his journey as an artist. From being an 'outrageous' younger man, to his quest for perfection and how his best is yet to come.
Broadcast: Thu 9 Mar 2017, 8:30am (transcript)_continue reading
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2 March 2017
His story has been told numerous times across media – often with just a lingering hint of incredulity. Julian Meagher completed a medical degree before embarking on a career as a painter. Though in truth his interest in art never waned, somehow finding time to undertake a classical education in portrait painting at Charles H Cecil Studios in Florence, midway through his medical studies._continue reading
Julian Meagher There is hope to the last flower
2 March 2017
Best known in recent years for her distinctive flower paintings, this year Sydney artist Laura Jones explores emotive new territory.
With an urge to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef's devastating mass bleaching event of 2016, Laura sought out a residency on Lizard Island, and then more recently on Heron Island. Painting in close proximity to the reef, and meeting the dedicated scientists who study it, has inspired a spectacular new series of paintings for Laura.
We talked with Laura ahead of her upcoming exhibition ‘Bleached‘ at Olsen Gallery in Sydney, opening mid-May._continue reading
Laura Jones Bleached
Interview with Alan Jones. Alan Jones’ work crosses over painting, sculpture and collage. His most recent show was of exquisite painted wooden collages, many of which depicted the coastal landscape of Moonee Beach in NSW.
OLSEN artist George Byrne has recently co-created the title sequence for the brilliant new HULU series Shut Eye. Created by Leslie Bohem starring Jeffery Donovan, Angus Sampson & KaDee Strickland. All images from Shine Studio Watch the opening trailer for 'Shut Eye' (featuring Byrne's work) here
A 40-year-old from Canberra, Timothy Vernon Moore is one of the stars of the imminent Sydney Biennale, “You imagine what you desire” (21/03 - 9/06), with a retrospective at the Campbelltown Art Centre. Despite the fact that he has lived in New York for some time, Australia remains one of his points of reference._continue reading
22 January 2017
ABOUT a year ago, iconic Australian artist John Olsen agreed to create an iconic painting that would capture the essence of his birthplace.
It was a deeply personal work, a reflection on his beginnings.
Unfortunately, illness meant he couldn’t be there when the exhibition opened in November last year.
But on Saturday at Newcastle Art Gallery – just a short distance from his childhood home – Olsen got to share a piece of that work, a slice of the Hunter, with hundreds of other art lovers._continue reading
7 January 2017
The Herald's photographer Peter Rae is thrilled to meet my lunch date, Leila Jeffreys.
"This is great," he gushes. "I've seen your work for ages and ages. I want to stand here and just go 'Wow', it's so gorgeous'."_continue reading