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Paul Davies | Laguna Art Museum

September 2018

Paul Davies work "Landscape in Open-plan" has been acquired by the Laguna Art Museum in California.


August 2018

OLSEN Gallery wishes to congratulate Alan Jones for his work Painting 233 (The Fire Trail) that has been selected as a finalist in the Tattersalls Art Prize. Painting 233 was recently on display at the Olsen Gallery stall at Melbourne Art Fair

Working to Scale

LALA Magazine
Courtney Coffman
Spring Issue 2018

From objects to buildings Honora Shea and Danielle Rago of This X That help emerging designers and architects think big - and small. 

The Watermill Center Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary With TIME BOMB, A Creative Explosion

Bettina Zilkha
August 2, 2018

The Watermill Center held its 25th Annual Gala, TIME BOMB, at its headquarters Saturday night. Presented by Van Cleef & Arpels and honoring the late Pierre Berge, the aptly named evening featured an explosion of creativity. Over 1,000 guests strolled through the site, where the colorful theme, in tribute to Berge and the Jardins Majorelle, abounded.  The evening raised $2.2 million for the center...

 There were exciting works to be had at the silent auction, including recent pieces by Rachel Hovnanian, Leila Jeffreys, Hadieh Shafie, and many more. The live auction featured a trio of Keith Haring prints courtesy of the Tony Shafrazi Foundation, and works by Peter Beard, Nan Goldin, Roy Lichtenstein, Masako Miki, Duke Riley, Tseng Kwong Chi, as well as a Robert Wilson video.

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ART HOUSE Kate Bryan House Notes

Soho House Magazine
Kate Bryan
July 2018

Australian born artist Paul Davies investigates the relationship between built and natural environments in his atmospheric pantings, which often draw on historic modernist masterpieces. This painting, which mirrors nature with architecture, is a key work at DUMBO House, where the collection reflects the site's own staggering setting - specifically, its skyline views.

Nicholas Harding | Art of Music

June 2018

ART OF MUSIC is one of the most talked about fundraisers on the Sydney event circuit. There is no other like it.


Presented by Jenny Morris, ART OF MUSIC combines both visual arts and music. Held every two years, a group of Australia's top artists come together to create an original exhibition where each artist chooses an iconic Australian/NZ song to inspire a piece of artwork. The artwork is then auctioned during a gala dinner in the spectacular Grand Court of the Art Gallery of NSW. All proceeds go to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, an inspirational charity that use the power of music to transform lives.
Congratulations to Nicholas Harding on his participation in the event with his work : Private Universe (Neil Finn) 2018 oil on linen 112x107cm (featured)

Southampton Welcomes Fine Art Photographer Leila Jeffreys

Carole Reed
July 25, 2018

Ornithologists and art aficionados alike find delight in Leila Jeffreys' winged works.

Conservationist, world traveller and fine art photographer, Leila Jeffreys, grew up in Perth, Australia. She experienced all the boundless travel and exposure to exotic wildlife required for an artist with her particular level of visual acuity. Among the many celebrities, who have taken her under their wing, Jonathan Adler, smartly featured the work of this emerging artist in 20 North American stores in 2010. As both a curator and interior designer, I adore the clean graphic quality of her work, and appreciate the memorable, emotional charge her subjects emit to their viewers. 

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Photographer Leila Jeffries Exhibits Exotic Wildlife Works In New Salon Series

July 25, 2018

“I was walking down 5th Ave one evening and in the window of Bergdorfs was the most magical display of a photographers work with brightly festooned mannequins I had ever seen,” shares Carole Reed. “Searching up the artist immediatley I suddenly found myself obsessed by these bird portraits on Instagram, then they appeared behind the shoulder of Brooke Shields in a recent InStyle shoot, it seemed they were everywhere. As both a curator and interior designer I adore the clean graphic quality of her work while also appreciating the memorable emotional charge her subjects emit to their viewers.”

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So Fine Contemporary Women Artists make Australian history

National Portrait Gallery
Fiona McMonagle
July 2018

Fiona McMonagle
Contributing artists /

Born: 1977, Letterkenny, Ireland Works: Melbourne

So Fine exhibition showing from Friday 29 June until Monday 1 October 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition features new works from ten women artists reinterpreting and reimaging elements of Australian history.

Artist statement

Under Britain's child migrant scheme - operating from the 1920s through to the late 1960s - over 130,000 children were forcibly sent to ‘a better life' in former colonies, mainly Australia and Canada. Many were children of single mothers who had been forced to give them up for adoption, or had left them temporarily in British orphanages until they were fit to reclaim them.

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Art Collector
Emily Cones-Browne
11 July 2018

With New York Gallery Olsen Gruin hitting the 18-months open mark, Emily Cones-Browne talks to Australian dealer and co-director Tim Olsen about going international.

Olsen Gruin has hit the 18-month mark since opening its first doors. What are some of the winning hallmarks the gallery has experienced during the first 18 months ?
The surprising thing about the New York experience is that I had no idea it was going to happen. It was only because my sister was moving her business that we had the opportunity for a pop-up. What began as an experiment was such a resounding success, it felt as though we had a place in the New York art scene.

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Beyond The Veil curated by Adam Knight

Review - Unmasking the portraiture of McLean Edwards
Andrew McIlroy
July 9, 2018

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize judge, Wendy Sharpe, described Tim Storrier's 2017 winning painting of fellow Australian artist McLean Edwards as "an arresting, intriguing image at once both disturbing and playful". Storrier's portrait of his friend in The Lunar Savant (Portrait of McLean Edwards) indeed presents such a contrast.

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McLean Edwards Marsupials


June 2018

Congratulations to Zoe Young who has been awarded the Pirtek Prize for Still Life Painting at the Bowral Art Gallery for her work Apples for tea, which will be a part of her upcoming show Winter Soundtrack at Olsen Gallery

What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week

The New York Times
Martha Schwendener, Jason Farago, Will Heinrich and Jillian Steinhauer
June 20, 2018

Extract: 'Beyond the Veil’

Through July 8. Olsen Gruin, 30 Orchard St., Manhattan; 646-613-7011,

Who gets to narrate history? Who gets to represent whom? These questions have been roiling the American art world lately, but they are nothing new in Australia — especially in regard to its indigenous population, who faced official efforts to erase their culture well into the 20th century through forced assimilation. Visual art has provided a crucial tool to help redress these erasures, and at this New York outpost of a Sydney gallery, the paintings by five women from central Australia, and one collaborative group, testify to the vibrancy of Aboriginal Australian art and the necessity of speaking for yourself.

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Beyond The Veil curated by Adam Knight

The Approval Matrix

New York Magazine
June 2018

The Approval Matrix - Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies...

BRILLIANT - The breathtaking small survey of Aboriginal art "Beyond the Veil" at Olsen Gruin gallery.

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Beyond The Veil curated by Adam Knight

Beyond the Veil at Olsen Gruin

Arte Fuse
Jonathan Goodman
9 June 2018

So, there is something that holds true in a show like this, which presupposes a different way of looking at society because of the long reach of the West's current obsession with money. Clearly, affluence is not a major interest of the women in this show, who live in the central desert of Australia and who work on paintings that, despite their abstraction, remain close to their lives. This is a different cry by far from the recent dot paintings of Damien Hirst, whose probable appropriation-we are not certain this is true-looks like very much like the theft of a venerable art coming from a culture some 100,000 years old. Hirst's borrowings do tend to look facile in light of the greater gravitas of the indigenous women's works, which can be understood by Western viewers-albeit on a level likely more superficial than the paintings themselves. In any case, the controversy raises real issues about the appropriation of other cultures-a hallmark of Western art practice since the beginnings of modernism, when Picasso made use of African masks for his work Les demoiselles d'Avignon.


May 16 ?? July 8, 2018
-Jonathan Goodman

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Beyond The Veil curated by Adam Knight
May 2018

Experience Dramartistry with Mclean Edwards as presented by the Sydney Art Quartet at Yellow House. Deep, rich & stormy music fuses with psychological portraiture when Mclean Edwards joins the Art Quartet. Sink deep into sound while McLean Edwards depicts an inner world - all in his darkly humorous & magnetic style. Your own sketch kit is welcome to add to the drama for these unique concert experiences.
Yellow House Sydney 57-59 Macleay St Potts Point NSW 2011

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Julian Meagher | Art with Heart

June 2018

Very Special Kids' presents the Art with Heart auction. Very Special Kids is a children's charity that helps more than 900 families across Victoria who have a child with a life threatening condition with on going support from diagnosis all the way through bereavement. Julian Meagher will be participating in the charities Art exhibition and auction for exceptional fine paintings and sculptures from leading contemporary artists. See Julian's featured work below.

Wapengo #2, 2018 oil on linen 153 _ 122 cm

Laura Jones | Art with Heart

June 2018

Laura Jones will be participating in the Art with Heart Auction presented by the Very Special Kids charity.
The free-of-charge family support services include counseling, advocacy, sibling support, bereavement
support, networking and peer activities, trained family volunteers and specialist care at Very Special Kids Hospice.
Very Special Kids Hospice is the only children's hospice in Victoria and we offer families access to planned and emergency respite, as well as end-of-life care. The hospice provides 24-hour medical and nursing care
in a warm and welcoming environment. It costs more than $8 million each year to operate Very Special Kids. The generosity of the community is essential for sustaining this wonderful charity.
Midnight Banksia, 2018 oil on linen 122 _ 102 cm price estimate $6,000 - 8,000

Andrew Taylor & Matthew Johnson | Art with Heart

June 2018

Very Special Kids presents Art With Heart auction. Andrew Taylor? and Matthew Johnson will? be participating in the charities Art exhibition and auction for exceptional fine paintings and sculptures from leading contemporary artists. See Andrew and Matthews featured works below.   

Left: Outside: Friday, 2017 oil on linen 183 x 183 cm

Three Sentence Reviews of Marlene Dumas, Dan Colen, and 11 Other Art-World Big Shots
Jerry Saltz
May 31, 2018

To coincide with several big art fairs and last week’s massive auctions, many larger galleries mounted shows of their bigger artists. So let’s read the tea leaves on the upper end of the food chain.

Extract:  Beyond the Veil
Curated by Adam Knight
Olsen Gruin

No doubt many of the bigwigs in town for all the art stars, megagalleries and super-auctions, missed maybe the best secret show in New York at the moment, this six-artist exhibition of Australian Aboriginal women painters curated by the president of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia — a show that gives us a breathtaking small survey of what critic Robert Hughes (who in almost every case except this I disagreed with) called “the last great art movement of the twentieth century.”

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Beyond The Veil curated by Adam Knight