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How art helped John Olsen through heartbreak

The Daily Telegraph
Elizabeth Fortescue
9 March 2017

ARTISTS often talk about their studios as locations of solitude and retreat. But John Olsen's beautiful Southern Highlands workspace took on an even deeper dimension late last year.

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John Olsen: You Beaut Country exhibition opens at the Art Gallery NSW

ABC (Image: ABC News: Clarissa Thorpe)
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)

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Julian Meagher

Art Guide
Varia Karipoff
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.

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Julian Meagher There is hope to the last flower

Laura Jones - Bleached

The Design Files
Lucy Feagins
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.

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Laura Jones Bleached


February 4, 2017

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.

With 22 solo shows and over 130 group shows under his belt, Jones has received many awards, including the Kilgour Prize, Mosman Art prize, Paddington Art Prize and Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship and has been finalist in many others.  His portraits have been hung in Australia’s prestigious Archibald Prize three times including last year with his portrait of Pat Corrigan.

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February 2017

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

Powerful Australia: TV Moore

Vogue Italia
Francesco Spampinato
March 2014

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.

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Artist John Olsen celebrates 89th birthday at Newcastle Art Gallery

Newcastle Herald
Sam Rigney
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.

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Step inside the world of extraordinary bird photographer Leila Jeffreys

The Sydney Morning Herald
Mark Dapin
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'."

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Bleached: Laura Jones

The Guardian
Michael Slezak
30 December 2016

The artist says her undeniably sad portraits of bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef are about resilience: ‘It’s not a fragile delicate flower … it’s so important to be optimistic and do what we can to protect it’

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Laura Jones Bleached


October 2016

Olsen Irwin would like to help Leila Jeffreys draw awareness to National Bird Week that falls between Monday 17 October and Sunday 23 October for 2016. 'The celebration of National Bird Week has its origins back in the early 1900s when 28 October was first designated by our predecessor, the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union, as the first ?Bird Day?. BirdLife Australia organizes and promotes Bird Week with the goal of inspiring Australians to take action and get involved in bird conservation efforts.' -BirdLife To help donate, please follow the link here

Leila Jeffreys 'Duke' Eastern Grass Owl no.2 (2014), fine art inkjet print on archival cotton rag paper, 112 x 89cm, $2,750 (unframed), edition of 14 and 2 Artist Proofs.

Nicholas Harding Highly Commended in 2016 Wynne Prize

August 2016

Olsen Irwin would like to congratulate Nicholas Harding on his High Commendation in the 2016 Wynne Prize.

Image: Nicholas Harding, Wilpena wattle 2016, oil on linen, 72.5 x 172.5 cm

Nicholas' work Wilpena wattle was awarded highly commended and will be on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until the 9th of October. Nicholas was also hung in this years Archibald prize for his portrait of Peter Weiss AO. To view available works by Nicholas Harding click here


November 2016

Transported' by OLSEN artist Stephen Bird (alongside Rodger Law) open next week at The Scottish Gallery. ? Transported features work from Roger Law and Stephen Bird; spanning three continents and bringing together two very different visions of the world. All the work has been shipped from both China and Australia to be showcased in Edinburgh together for the first time.


TRANSPORTED | Roger Law & Stephen Bird 30 November ? 23 December 2016 Private View Tuesday 29 November 6:30 ? 8:30pm

To see further images of work available and to view the exhibition catalogue, please follow the link below:

The Metaphysical erotic art of Alphachannelling
November 2016

Alphachanneling is a Swiss-born American artist based out of Oakland, California whose erotic artwork is a testament to the metaphysical plane of sexuality, exploring the more unseen facets of sex rather than the physical. He refers to his own artwork as a "devotional prayer to the feminine principal."

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Alphachanneling (Summer Show)


October 2016

Sophie Cape's latest exhibition 'Montagne di marmo- drawings from the quarries of Carrara' is the result of an artist residency Cape took part in at Studio Nicoli (Carrara, Italy) in June, July, and August of 2016. Cape hiked into the quarries of Carrara daily at 4pm in the blazing heat to gather the dust and remnants of the marble cuttings to use in her works. 

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Vogue Australia
Tim Olsen
October 2016

John Olsen is one of Australia's greatest living artists. Here, his son, gallerist Tim Olsen, who helped curate a new retrospective, reflects on his bohemian childhood and gives a rare insight into his father's powerful ability and influenc. For Vogue Australia’s October 2016 issue, Olsen Irwin Director Tim Olsen, who helped curate his father John Olsen’s new retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria, reflects on his bohemian childhood and gives a rare insight into his father’s powerful ability and influence.
“In many ways, John’s paintings have the ability to distort and play with time.” – Tim Olsen

John Olsen: You Beaut Country exhibitino

Sydney Morning Herald
September 2016

Arguably Australia's greatest living artist, Olsen is about to launch his largest ever retrospective at the NGV.

John Olsen is known for his energetic painting style and masteful depiction of the Australian landscape...

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John Olsen's You Beaut country (late night live)
Presenter: Philip Adams
September 13, 2016

He is regarded as Australia's greatest living artist - for over 60 years John Olsen has been showing us new ways to look at the country's landscapes - from Hill End to Lake Eyre. At the opening of a retrospective of his paintings, murals, works on paper, ceramics and weavings at the National Gallery of Victoria, John Olsen sat down to talk to Phillip about his long, rich, colourful life.

This episode was first broadcast on September 13, 2016

Image: John Olsen, Phillip Adams, NGV Edge Theatre (Gail Boserio, RN)

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Tattersalls Club Landscape Art Prize Finalists

September 2016

Olsen Irwin would like to congratulate our 4 finalists in the Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize; Alan Jones, Guy Warren, Kathryn Ryan and Paul Davies (feature image: Black Forrest)

The prize was judged on Tuesday, the judging panel comprised Chris Saines, Director Queensland Art Gallery and Goma, Dr Campbell Gray, Director University of Queensland Art Museum, Stella Downer, Art Consultant and judge of the Salon des Refus?s, and Ernie Ward, Tattersall?s Club Committee Member. The exhibition will hang in the Foyer at Waterfront Place for a public exhibition from Monday 12 September and concluding on Friday 23 September.


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John Olsen: at home with the Australian artist

The Sydney Morning Herald
Amanda Hooton
3 September 2016

Over lunch at his home in the NSW southern highlands, John Olsen shares with Amanda Hooton a lifetime of insights into landscape, poetry and painting.

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