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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.



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.  

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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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Weekend Australian
Christopher Allen
11 November 2017

Once, it seemed almost a mirable that art could capture the appearance of a man or woman, allowing them to live on in effigy for centuries after their disappearance...

Review of Nicolas Harding: 28 Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. Until November 26.

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Vogue Living
Tim Olsen
November 2017

Two prominent gallerists share their views on contemporary art and their own personal collections.

Tim Olsen is a leading galleriest in Australia, running Olsen Gallery, Olsen Annexe and Limited in Sydney's Woollahra. Born into the arts dynastically, he is the son of the great painter John Olsen. He recently launched Olsen Gruin gallery in New York - taking Australian art international.

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Stephen Ormandy Ideography
Vogue Magazine
Paul Davies
3/11/2017

Australian artist Paul Davies reveals the genesis of his series of artworks linking 19th-century gold rushes in California and Australian with modern-day Los Angeles

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The rebirth of coo: reconsidering the pigeon - in pictures

www.theguardian.com
26 October 2017

Australian photographer Leila Jeffreys focuses on diversity within bird species, and these wildly colourful portraits belie the lowly reputation of the pigeon.

Nicobar Pigeon These striking portraits of the pigeons and doves of New Guinea and Australia form part of Leila Jeffreys’ current exhibition, Ornithurae Volume 1, at Olsen Gruin, New York, until 12 November. The captions below are from an accompanying essay, Reconsider the Pigeon, by biologist Tim Low. All photographs: Leila Jeffreys 

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Taronga Zoo bird display puts visitors 'up close and personal' with endangered species

The Sydney Morning Herald
Peter Hannam
25 Ocrtober 2017

Visitors to Taronga Zoo over the next month are likely to be confronted by an unusual exhibition as they meander between enclosures.

Giant images of 10 birds, some of them endangered, will be scattered at key points around the zoo as part of an inaugural QBE Muse exhibition aimed at highlighting the beautiful intricacy of a species that is too often missed in the zoo and in the wild.

Image: Taronga Zoo bird keeper Brendan Host holds Griffin the sooty owl with an image of the bird taken by photographic artist Leila Jefferys. Photo: Kate Geraghty

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The MAK Centre for Art and Architecture West Hollywood and This x That (who dedicates to bringing architecture and design to broader audiences) present a site-specific installation by artist Paul Davies at the Fitzpatrick-Leland House in Los Angeles.

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The Canberra Times
Ron Cerabona
22 October 2017

In discussing what made a good portrait artist, Nicholas Harding cited a Chinese saying that it took "the head, the heart and the hand".

Harding - who won the 2001 Archibald Prize for a portrait of John Bell as King Lear - was at the National Portrait Gallery on Friday to talk about his exhibition Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits which is on display until November 26. Curated by Dr Sarah Engledow, it features works in a range of media including oil paintings of actor Hugo Weaving and writer Robert Drewe, gouache paintings of Harding's mother-in-law Edie Watkins and actress Anna Volska, and spur-of-the-moment drawings of airline passengers drawn on refuse and airsick bags.

Image: Artist Nicholas Harding at his exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits. Photo: Jamila Toderas

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