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Anna-Wili Highfield's Spirit Faces

www.gessato.com
February 1, 2018

A selection of thought-provoking, mixed media sculptures.

After the clean and minimal photographs of sunny LA which provided a vibrant glimpse into the urban landscape of California, New York-based gallery Olsen Gruin presents the work of a strikingly different artist. Anna-Wili Highfield‘s Spirit Faces exhibition features mixed media sculptures that create an intriguing collection. Made of a blend of glamorous materials, brass, and spray painting finishes, the intricate artworks draw the viewer closer. Animals and body parts combine in carefully shaped sculptures that often remind of a self-portrait.

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Mark Reddie ABC News Breakfast "Robert Klippel exhibition"

Mark Reddie interviewing Tim Olsen on ABC News Breakfast about the upcoming Robert Klippel exhibition at Sydney Contemporary 2017.

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Sydney Contemporary Olsen Stand F01 - Colour and Form

'Jens Einhorn: Raw Vision' at Olsen Gruin, New York

Blouinartinfo.com
Blouinartinfo
January 30, 2018

Olsen Gruin is currently hosting a solo exhibition by Jens Einhorn, titled "Raw Vision."

The exhibition presents a collection of new collage-paintings by the German artist. Einhorn's body of work reveals his interest in channeling the assertive energy of the urban periphery. His new works incorporate shapes cut from tarpaper, layered starkly above a vibrant collage of fabric, acrylic, and spray paint. Similar to how associating our personal memories gives meaning to others' discarded objects, Einhorn's collages are full of suggestion and opportunity.

Born in 1980, Jens Einhorn graduated from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf as a Master Student with Professor Tal R. The artist currently lives and works in Berlin.

The exhibition will be on view through February 5, 2018 at Olsen Gruin, 30 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, USA.

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Jens Einhorn Raw Vision
Art Collector
Hayley Megan-French
Jan 2018

There is much competition for the grant and artist-in-redisnce opportunities in Australia and beyone. We take a look at two artists who have met with the approval of the institutions responsible for administering these opportunities. 

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Hyperallergic.com
Elena Goukassian
12 January 2018

Don’t focus on the closings. Three cheers for new galleries!

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Image: OLSEN GRUIN installed with its summer show, Wesley Martin Berg and Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri (courtesy OLSEN GRIUIN)

Art galleries are kind of like restaurants. It’s a hard business, and although it’s always sad when one closes (especially after many years serving the neighborhood), when a new one opens, it brings new promise. While 2017 saw the closing of venues like Envoy Enterprises, CRG Gallery, and Sandra Gering Inc., it also witnessed the opening of several brand new galleries in New York City. Here are a few of them [extract]

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AUSTRALIAN STORY: Adrenaline Brush: Sophie Cape

2017

Described as more like a “rock star” than a painter, Sophie Cape never wanted to be an artist.

A former elite athlete, she was destined for the Olympic Games in two separate sports — first as a downhill ski racer and then as a track cyclist — but her sporting career was shattered after suffering catastrophic injury and undergoing controversial “experimental” body-modification surgery intended to ease her pain and help her performance.

Left physically and psychologically traumatised, Sophie Cape then transformed herself into one of Australia’s most celebrated young artists. It’s a profession she has long resisted, as both her mother Ann Cape and her grandmother the late Gwenna Welch are highly regarded artists. But now Sophie Cape has no doubt about becoming the third generation artist in her family: “Art saved me.”

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Sophie Cape Slaughterhouse Road

Laura Jones in Conversation

Talking art education with Laura Jones, Steven Alderton and Andrew Frost. James Valentine interviews them on his ABC TV series The Mix.  

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TV Moore - Double Take: Anne Landa Award 2009

2009

TV Moore - Double Take: Anne Landa Award 2009

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Interview: Paul Davies (Hong Kong Tatler, 2013)

The Australian artist shares his story behind the graphic nature of his architectural masterpiece.

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Zoe's Special Place

The Australian
Alex Speed
December 2017

"There's nothing like a near-death experience to end procrastination. Just ask Zoe Young."  
Zoe Young has spoken to The Australian about how a traumatic near-death experience unleashed an inner urgency to paint. Young has drawn on simple moments of beauty to express a love of life. Her ethos; "Well there is beauty in the world. Look around you and find yours". Zoe Young's exhibition 'Orchard House' is on at OLSEN Annexe until Sunday Dec 17th. To read the full article by Alex Speed click here (subscriber only).

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The Olsen Gruin Gallery, Manhattan, New York

Vacations & Travel Magazine
Daniel Resnik
December 1, 2017

Olsen Gruin is a contemporary art gallery in New York featuring established and emerging Australian and international artists.

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‘If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere...'

As the song goes, if you can make it in New York, especially in the competitive world of art dealing and gallery proprietorship, then you really have made it.

To then take it to the next level and successfully remain there takes precise planning mixed with boundless enthusiasm, talent, charm and commitment. And that's exactly what Aussies Tim Olsen and Emerald Gruin, the savvy proprietors of the Manhattan Art Gallery the ‘OLSEN GRUIN' have in abundance.

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Leila Jeffreys Ornithurae Volume 1
www.theguardian.com
Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore
December 1, 2017

A string quartet plays and a nude model poses as an artist paints the walls, in an ephemeral happening in Sydney inspired by the Parisian Belle Époque

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an Jones – the artist, not the shock jock – squeezes paint out of a tube, mixes it with water, and lifts a fat, unwieldy brush to the wall. We are in Potts Point, Sydney, and Jones is making a mural inside the hallowed Yellow House.

He is not alone. Generating music that feeds his rhythm is a live quartet; watching him is a small audience; and, arched over a black plinth, long dark hair cascading down her bare back, is a naked muse.

I am at the opening night of the Sydney Art Quartet’s Butt Naked Salon II, a re-working of the same concept first launched last year, inspired by the salons in the Belle Époque period in Paris.

Image: ‘The night is a blank canvas – anything can go,’ says artist Alan Jones. Photograph: Barnaby Wilshier

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Claudia Damichi Window installation for boutique The Standard Store

December 4, 2019

OLSEN Gallery artist Claudia Damichi has been invited to create a window artwork by yet another fashion apparel big gun - The Standard Store. For this work Claudia has made large scale original adhesive artworks for their Sydney and Melbourne stores that fuses her love of disco and optical art with reggae and Christmas. The super fun window collab will be installed until 28th December.




Leila Jeffreys featured in Design Files

February 2019

Congratulations to Leila Jeffreys feature in Design Files article "7 Women Shaking Up The Australian Art Scene." 

"Another lens-lady worthy of highlighting, and one who we have followed enthusiastically over the years is Sydney-based Leila Jeffreys. From introducing us to the incredible story of Penguin Bloom to highlighting endangered bird species through the astounding exhibitions and books she pours her heart into, Leila has become an unofficial poster girl for native Australian bird life."
For the full article visit here.

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Leila Jeffreys | QBE MUSE @ Taronga Zoo

November 2017

At QBE MUSE @ Taronga Zoo, Leila Jeffreys' stunning larger-than-life photographs bring birds to the forefront and celebrate avian beauty and diversity like never before.
Please join Leila for a private viewing of her works at a unique outdoor exhibition in the lush grounds of Taronga Zoo and become immersed in a vision so powerful we promise you won't look at birds the same way again. Date: Wednesday 29th November Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm Venue: Taronga Zoo, Mosman (enter via main Zoo entrance) RSVP: By Friday 24th November to Pauline Georges at pgeorges@zoo.nsw.gov.au or 02 9932 4251 The evening will include a private walk with the artist followed by a special bird show in the magnificent ampitheatre overlooking Sydney Harbour. Drinks and nibbles are included. A percentage of sales of Leila's artworks will be donated to Taronga's conservation work. For details and the availability of Leila's works please contact OLSEN gallery.



Leila Jeffreys | Bergdorfs NYC

May 2019

Congratulations to Leila Jeffreys who has had her works put on display across 3 windows in the icon Bergdorf Goodman building in New York City. The works will remain on display until the 5th of June. See Leilas instagram post here.



Nicholas Harding | Acquisition, The Art Gallery of South Australia

May 2017

Olsen Gallery is thrilled to announce the recent acquisition of Nicholas Harding by The Art Gallery of South Australia. Nicholas Harding will be exhibiting here from 9-27 August 2017 To view available works by Nicholas Harding click here 

Image: Nicholas Harding, Brachina, 2016, oil on linen, 154x245cm



NICHOLAS HARDING | Finalist in the Wynne Prize 2017 & Archibald 2017

2019

CONGRATULATIONS to Nicholas Harding finalist in the 2017 WYNNE Prize as well as a finalist in the 2017 Archibald Prize for his portrait of John Olsen. Wilpena eucalypt and wattle, 2017, oil on linen, 183 x 245 cm 
Wilpena Pound is an amphitheatre of mountains in South Australia's Flinders Ranges National Park. Nicholas Harding describes his response to working from this landscape: 'Reflected sky pooling in stream water. Wattle blooms amongst bark and bough. Bleaching light refracted through twigs and leaves. Birdsong and insect buzz.
"John's irrepressible joie de vivre, in both his personality and work, was something I wanted to paint. This request was politely denied," says Harding. "Last year, however, after painting Tim for a National Portrait Gallery exhibition, he asked if I'd like to paint John. Then a sitting became impossible with the worsening of John's wife?s illness. Sadly, just before Christmas, Katherine died."
In January, John had his 89th birthday. He had been involved with his major retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria, then its imminent opening at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He was also painting new work for an exhibition in March. It was a time of mortal loss, emotional exhaustion and great achievement. At this profoundly complex moment of his life, with great generosity, John sat for me in his studio. The winners of the Wynne Prize and the Archibald will be announced on the 28th of July 2017.  



Alan Jones | Butt Naked

November 2017

Alan Jones is partnering with Sydney Art Quartet at the Yellow House Potts Point for three nights of drawing, music and discussion.  7pm Wed 29 Nov, Thurs 30 Nov and Fri 1 Dec.



SBS.com.au
November 2017

A painting by Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye has sold for $2.1 million, a record for the highest auction price for an Australian female artist.

A painting by the late Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye has sold for $2.1 million, marking a new record for the highest price achieved at auction for an Australian female artist.

Her contemporary painting, Earth's Creation I, was sold on Thursday night to art dealer Tim Olsen, who recently set up a gallery in New York.

The painting has an impressive exhibition record. It has been shown at the National Gallery Japan, National Museum of Osaka and the Venice Biennale, National Museum of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW and the National Gallery of Victoria.

Fine Art Bourse and CooeeArt Marketplace organised the online auction, which had to be postponed when a server crashed as thousands of people worldwide tried to log in to watch the sale.

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Emily Kngwarreye Paintings and Prints from the Thomas Vroom Collection