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Bo Droga | Award Winning Public Artwork 'Miami Dominoes'


OLSEN GRUIN artist Bo Droga is behind the award winning public artwork Miami Dominoes.

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Mosman Art Prize | finalists sally anderson, philjames, matthew johnson and james mcgrath

September 2019

OLSEN Gallery congratulates Sally Anderson, Philjames, Matthew Johnson and James McGrath on their selection as finalists for Mosman Art Prize, 2019.
Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is Australia's oldest and most prestigious local government art award. It was founded by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman Allan Gamble, at a time when only a small handful of art prizes were in existence in Australia and the community had very little support and few opportunities to exhibit their work.
As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary Australian art, reflecting all the developments in Australian art practice since 1947. Artists who have won the Mosman Art Prize include Margaret Olley, Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Elisabeth Cummings, Adam Cullen, Michael Zavros and Natasha Walsh.
The Mosman Art Prize will run from Wednesday 11 September - Sunday 27 October at Mosman Art Gallery.

Mclean Edwards | Winner of 2019 King's School Art Prize

September 2019

OLSEN Gallery congratulates McLean Edwards, winner of this years prestigious King's School Art Prize with Dining In, 2019 (pictured). Now in its twenty-fifth year, The King's School Art Prize has been awarded to some of Australia's leading contemporary artists.
The King's Art Prize is a $20,000 acquisitive award presented to the artist judged the best contemporary artwork, created by an artist resident in Australia and represented by a commercial gallery, supporting both the artists and the fine arts industry. Entry is by invitation only and the finalists are selected by an appointed Art Prize panel.
Congratulations to OLSEN Gallery artists Chris Langlois and James McGrath who were also selected as finalists in this years prize.

The Lives of Celestials | John Young Zerunge at Hawthorn Arts Centre, Melbourne

September 2019

Artist John Young Zerunge invites us on a journey into the lives of significant figures of the Chinese diaspora in Australia, exploring important events in Chinese-Australian history from the 1840s onwards. Re-interpreted memories are distilled into large-scale installations of chalk drawings, photographs, video works and paintings. A culmination of 3 recent History Projects by the artist, this exhibition reflects on the forces of survival, memory and otherness that continue to shape Australia's contemporary social context. The Lives of Celestials is on display at Hawthorne Art Centre Sat 31 August 2019, until Sun 20 October 2019.

Luke Storrier | Finalist in Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize


Congratulations to Luke Storrier who has been selected as a finalist for the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize for his work Burnt Stick, 2019, mixed media, 17 x 38.5 x 11 cm (pictured). The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, today announced 43 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 19th annual Prize and exhibition. The 2019 finalist group includes artists from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom highlighting the Prize's growing international reputation.

The innovative submissions ? each for a freestanding sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension were selected from 634 entries by a judging panel comprised of Professor Ross Harley, Dean of the Faculty of Art & Design and UNSW Chair of Arts and Culture, Louise Herron AM, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Opera House, and Design and Architecture advocate, broadcaster, author and comedian, Tim Ross.
You can visit the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: 12 October - 3 November 2019 Weekdays: 9am - 5pm Weekends: 10am - 4pm Woollahra Council 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay, NSW

Jacqui Stockdale

Artist Profile
Nur Shkembi
Issue 48, 2019

Melbourne-based artist Jacqui Stockdale works across photography, drawing, painting, collage and performance to explore the disparate and overlooked histories or Australia.

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Something Isn't Quite Right in George Byrne's Photographs

Ryan Waddoups
September 11, 2019

The Australian artist‚??s latest photo series, on display at Olsen Gruin in New York City, stitches together scenic collages of Los Angeles, Miami, and Sydney to create radiant, semi-fictional landscapes that feel slightly off.

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George Byrne Exit Vision

Alan Jones is awarded highly commended in Tattersals Club landscape Prize 2019

September 2019

Congratulations to ALAN JONES awarded highly commended for his painting Painting 263 (Mike Kenny Oval) in the 2019 Tattersalls Club Landscape Prize. Jones will be one of the artists we feature at Sydney Contemporary next week.

The Imagined Architecture of George Byrne's

Katy Donoghue
September 5, 2019

George Byrne's "Exit Vision" opens this week at Olsen Gruin in New York. The new series of work includes pastel photo-collages of images captured in Miami, Los Angeles, and Sydney - inspired by architecture, color, and culture.

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Artist You Need to Know: George Byrne

Art Zealous
Caitlin Confort
September 4, 2019

Art Zealous' Caitlin Confort sits down with artist George Byrne to discuss his photography practice, his collaborations with Soho House, and his newest exhibition at Olsen Gruin, Exit Vision.

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Claudia Damichi Collaborates with Australian Designers Jac+Jack

September 2019

Australian designers Jac+Jack recently invited Claudia Damichi to create an impressive 13 meter wide window installation to launch their Spring 2K19 Collection in the Strand Arcade Sydney. Referencing her existing body of work and drawing on the collection's Memphis Milano inspired palette, Claudia created a geometric adhesive that illuminated colour like a modernist cathedral.

MICHELLE CAWTHORN | FLOW Wollongong Art Gallery National Contemporary Watercolour Prize 2019

August 2019

Congratulations to Michelle Cawthorn who has been selected for the FLOW Wollongong Art Gallery Contemporary Watercolour Prize
Featured image: Michelle Cawthorn, Garden at Manchester Road, 2019 acrylic, watercolour, Indian ink, white gauche, graphite and archival pen on Hahnemüle paper 79 x 108 cm  
FLOW Contemporary Watercolour prize is a biennial acquisitive competition open to artists from around Australia. The prize aims to encourage innovation and experimentation in watercolour painting, including works on paper in watercolour, acrylic, gouache, pen and ink, and watercolour mixed media.   For more information on visiting the exhibition click here.  

Alan Jones winner of Cicada Press Award at 2018 Paddington Art Prize leads to a new body of work at Olsen Annexe

August 2019


OLSEN Gallery artist Alan Jones was the winner of the 2018 Cicada Print Award as part of the prestigious Paddington Art Prize. This recognition has sparked inspiration for a new body of etchings that will be shown in the OLSEN Annexe this November.
Alan Jones
OLSEN Annexe, 1 - 16 November 2019 Opening: Saturday 2 November, 2-4pm

PHILJAMES | Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2019 Finalist

August 2019

 Congratulations to Philjames who have been selected for the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2019. With prize money totalling $26,000, the Award showcases outstanding art created with paper. Artists compete for the $15,000 major award; the Young & Early Career Artist and the Friends of Hazelhurst Local Artist Awards ($5,000 each); and the People's Choice Award ($1,000), plus the Hazelhurst Preparator?s choice Residency Award.


Off the Wall with Paul Davies

Soho House
Charlotte Steinway
24 July, 2019

The LA-based, Australian-born artist tells us about his latest work, debuting in the Soho Warehouse rooftop. To read the full article on Paul Davies click here.

Luke Storrier | A Fine Balance

Belle Magazine Art RIGHT NOW
July 2019

'Still' National Still Life Award 2019 | Finalists Michael Cusack and Stephen Bird

July 2019

OLSEN Gallery congratulates Stephen Bird and Michael Cusack on their selection as finalists for 'STILL' National Still Life Award 2019. Still is a biennial, acquisitive award for artworks in the genre of still life, in all mediums. The award is open to artists at all stages of their careers. Still: National Still Life Award seeks to highlight the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice, broadening the interpretation and meaning of this enduring genre. The Still exhibition opens on Friday 20th September 2019, with the official opening on Saturday 21st September, and runs until Saturday 16th November 2019 at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.


July 2019

OLSEN Gallery congratulates artist Stephen Bird on his selection as a finalist in the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award. The finalist works will be on display at the Shepparton Art Museum until September, 2019. The Museum is located at 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton, VIC.


July 2019

Cult announces a new collaborative project - The Cult Curated Edition by Infinite Design Studio - a pop-up store taking place in Sydney?s Eastern Suburbs. The Queen's Court pop-up will feature a highly curated selection of designer furniture from Cult's most iconic brands. Opening in mid-July, The Cult Curated Edition by Infinite Design Studio is a pop-up retail store featuring a selection of iconic Cult pieces, curated by Infinite Design Studio's Michelle Macarounas. In a larger scale extension to the already popular Curated Edition - Infinite Design Studio's monthly in-studio curation of art and design - The Cult Curated Edition pop-up will be located just across the courtyard from Infnite Design's Woollahra Studio. The Cult Curated by Infinite Design features a number of works from the OLSEN Gallery stockroom.

Stephen Ormandy | Solo Exhibition in Paris

July 13, 2019

Stephen Ormandy presented an impressive solo exhibition?titled Les formes sont des couleurs, at Galerie Bessieres in Paris. 

'By moving beyond a diametrical opposition between geometric and lyrical abstraction, Stephen Ormandy handles abstraction in a refreshing manner. The artist did not only pay constant attention to form and color, but also places value on emotional contact with people viewing his work. His approach represents an ideal equilibrium in painting today.'

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