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Congratulations Tim Olsen

Waverley Council (Nib awards)
24 November 2021

Congratulations to Tim Olsen winner of the 2021 Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize and Nib People's Choice Prize for his memoir Son of the Brush.

 

The Nib People's Choice Prize ($2,500) is awarded by popular vote. Congratulations to Tim Olsen, one of Australia's most recognised and respected art identities, successful gallery owner and now, prize winning author.  Tim Olsen is the son of arguably Australia's greatest living artist, John Olsen. Son of the Brush is his fascinating, candid memoir of what it was like to grow up in the shadow of artistic genius, with all its wonder, excitement and bitter disappointments.

The Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award presented by Waverley Council with support from Principal Sponsors Mark and Evette Moran, and community partners Gertrude & Alice Bookstore Cafe, celebrates excellence in research and writing in Australia. 

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2021 NIB Literary Awards

24 November 2021

The Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award is presented annually by Waverley Council with support from Principal Sponsors Mark and Evette Moran. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, the Nib remains Australia's only major literary award of its kind presented by a local council. Judging criteria includes high literary merit, quality of research, readability and value to the community.

Waverley Council is delighted to announce the winners of the 2021 Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award ($20,000), Luke Stegemann, and Nib People’s Choice Prize ($2,500), Tim Olsen.

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Video tour: Valerie Marshall Strong Olsen

OLSEN Gallery
November 2021

Exhibited at the National Art School November 2021

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Valerie Marshall Strong Olsen: A rare sensibility

a rich life (online)
Kirsty Francis
19 November 2021

‘A rare sensibility’ is the first solo exhibition of Valerie Marshall Strong Olsen’s work. Curated by Tim and Louise Olsen, in loving memory of their mother a decade after her passing, this exhibition aims to give Valerie the recognition she deserves as one of Australia’s unsung, yet remarkable female artists.

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Valerie Marshall Strong Olsen

Artist Profile (online)
Artist Profile
November 2021

The first survey exhibition of Valerie Marshall Strong Olsen's work hangs in the National Art School's Rayner Hoff Project Space. In it, we find an overdue opportunity to connect with an astute, devoted artist attuned to global modernist developments in painting, whose work is largely still owned and safeguarded by her children.

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‘Talent to burn’: At last a solo show for artist Valerie Strong Olsen

The Sydney Morning Herald
John McDonald
12 November 2021

More than 10 years after her death, the work of John Olsen’s ex-wife shows her talent as a painter.

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Video tour: George Byrne 'Innervisions'

OLSEN Gallery
November 2021

Tour George Byrne's 'Innervisions' exhibition at OLSEN Gallery November 2021

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‘Mum wasn’t looking for fame’: John Olsen’s children unveil Valerie Strong’s first solo art show

Guardian.com
Elissa Blake
6 November 2021

Ten years after their mother’s death, Tim and Louise reveal the striking landscapes and portraits painted by the limelight-shy second wife of John Olsen.

Above: ‘She had no ego’: Australian artist Valerie Marshall Strong Olsen, who died in 2011, pictured here in the mid-1970s. Her children, Tim and Louise Olsen, are now staging her first solo exhibition. Photograph: Robert Raymond

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Video tour: Michelle Cawthorn

OLSEN Gallery
November 2021

Video tour of Michelle Cawthorn 'Beautiful Strange' showing at OLSEN Gallery

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Artist George Byrne talks with Maria Stoljar

Talking with Painters
November 2021

Maria Stoljar sat down with Australian artist George Byrne to talk about his 2021 show at Olsen Gallery in Sydney, 'Innervisions', an outstanding exhibition of photography-based works where landscapes transformed into dreamscapes sit beside more abstract works.

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The Roundtable: following in a famous parent's footsteps

Sunday Extra, ABC Radio National
Julian Morrow
31 October 2021

At the Roundtable we hear about the experiences of people who grew up with a parent who was famous or in the public eye. How does it affect the child's perception of the parent and themself, and what happens when they decide to follow in their parent's footsteps? 

GUESTS: Georgina Downer, CEO of the Robert Menzies Institute and past Liberal Party electoral candidate;

Peter Hillary, mountaineer and philanthropist; 

Tim Olsen, gallerist and author of Son of the Brush

Duration: 27min 26sec
Broadcast: Sun 31 Oct 2021, 9:30am

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Artist John Olsen’s most personal exhibition to date

The Australian
Ellie Dudley
28 october 2021

Interview with Ellie Dudley, October 2021

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JOHN OLSEN: GOYA'S DOG

National Art School
29 October 2021

Walkthrough of the exhibition John Olsen: Goya's Dog, showing until end November 2021.

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PODCAST: George Byrne

Spotify: Interview with an artist
21 October 2021

Australian born, LA based artist George Byrne is a man of many talents. You most likely know his work via his Instagram feed @george_byrne or his stunning book Post Truth. It took George a few years to get into his groove but now that he's there, his art is going from strength to strength.

In today's episode we talk about how he left photography but eventually found his way back, how LA became his muse, the attention to detail that went into creating his book and what some of the misconceptions might be about his art. George and I spoke in early October when he was in hotel quarantine in Sydney. He’s back in the country for his solo exhibition Innervisions opening on the 27th of October at Olsen gallery.

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Interview with the Artist

National Art School
Interview by Steven Alderton
June 2021

Interview with John Olsen in his studio prior to the opening of Goya's Dog exhibition at the National Art School.

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Sydney Morning Herald
Linda Morris
16 October 2021

Valerie Strong was a student at East Sydney Technical College when John Olsen was briefly a teacher. The man who is now one of Australia’s most famous living artists praised Strong’s marks on paper: “I should have done that. I wish I’d done that line.”

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Video tour: Kunmanara (Wawiriya) Burton

OLSEN Gallery
October 2021

Video tour of the Kunmanara (Wawiriya) Burton exhibition at OLSEN Gallery, October 2021

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Video Tour: Paul Davies 'Belvedere Loop'

OLSEN Gallery
September 2021

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