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works from olsen gallery at THE CULT CURATED EDITION BY INFINITE DESIGN STUDIO

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.'

  Installation images from: https://www.bessieres-art-contemporain.com/from-may-16th-to-june-30th-stephen-ormandy-exhibition



July 2019

Congratulations to Zoe Young who has won the $30,000 Portia Geach Memorial Award for 2018.

The judging panel included: Samantha Meers, Art Gallery of New South Wales trustee; Natalie Wilson, curator of Australian and Pacific art at AGNSW; and director of S.H Ervin Gallery Jane Watters.

“The Portia Geach is vital for female artists across the country and has provided a much-needed platform to display the work of young, emerging artists alongside that of established painters whose work I greatly admire. The award gives me the support to progress my artistic practice and I look forward to creating my next body of work.” – Zoe Young

Works by all 50 finalists are on view at the S.H. Ervin Gallery until 2 December. 

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Belle Magazine
Edited by Harry Roberts
September 2019

Luke Storrier’s new series began with a trip to Wilcannia, accompanied only by his dog Ace (both pictured left), where the artist was moved by the isolated, arid landscape, as well as the drought’s visible toll on local fauna.

 

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Australian Financial Review
Helen O'Neil
3 October 2015

Paul Davies cuts his stencils with the same kind of scalpel blade his ophthalmologist father uses to slice into eyes. The results are different of course. Davies junior's use of the scalpel is potentially far less messy and brings forth images that are apparently serene and seemingly two-dimensional. Yet the issue of redefining vision is the same. That is a theme that has defined this 36-year-old artist's career to this date. Born in Sydney, now living in Los Angeles, he often uses mid-20th-century modern architecture in his work yet says what is there is not what it seems.

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Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Hosting Annual Melbourne Gala Dinner

July 2019

The Brandenburg Orchestra will be hosting their annual Melbourne Gala Dinner on July 17 at the Metropolis on Southbank. The evening is one dedicated to fine dining, wine and splendid music, as well as the opportunity to support the orchestra and celebrate our many supporters. The Brandenburg are delighted to include this stunning painting from Zoe Young as a part of our auction, the proceeds of which will go towards developing our artistic programs and furthering the orchestra in taking bold creative steps in 2020 and beyond. We would like to offer audiences of the Olsen Gallery a 10% discount on our upcoming Fourth Season ?Next Generation Baroque? as a way of extending our thanks and appreciation to the gallery for their enduring support and partnership.



Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award

June 2019

The Shepparton Art Museum's is holding it's flagshib biennal exhibition, The 2019 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award (SMFACA)  The SCMFACA creates opportunities for artists to produce new bodies of work. As a $50,000 acquisitive prize, the SMFACA cements its place as Australia?s premier Award in the medium of contemporary ceramics. Judges: Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia; Stephen Benwell, Artist; and Dr Rebecca Coates, Director, Shepparton Art Museum. Friday 21?June 2019, 6pm to 8pm SAM, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton



Vipoo Srivilasa in All That's Gold Does Glitter An Exhibition of Glamorous Ceramics'

June 2019

Six of Vipoo Srivilasa's porcelain sculptures are on show at the Macau Museum of Art as part of Art Macau. All That?s Gold Does Glitter ? An Exhibition of Glamorous Ceramics, features '90 ceramic masterpieces from outstanding artists from 13 different countries and regions'.

 

Cureated by internationally acclaimed artist, Caroline Cheng. The exquisite contemporary ceramics show is the largest and highest-level ceramic art exhibition in the Greater Bay Area to date. The show will 'challenge the definition of contemporary ceramics, showing a global audience that clay can be extravagant and luxurious'. Held at four casino-hotels operated by Sands China, including the Venetian Hotel.

The exhibition opens June 8th 2019 and will continue until mid October 2019.




Paradise Lost: Paul Davies' Fictive California

Hyperallergic
Louis Bury
Saturday, June 8

The painter's depiction of breezy palm trees and picturesque mountain ranges contain eccentric, discordant details.

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Beauty, Divinity and Universality: The art of Laura Jones

ANDREW McILROY
Andrew McIlroy
4 June 2019

Sydney art dealer Tim Olsen describes artist Laura Jones as “the real deal”.  In an era where so many artists are caught in an existential crisis, paroled by a desire to create pretty work in order to appeal to the widest possible audience, Jones transcends this hubbub.

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Paul Davies: The Roaring Daze at Olsen Gruin

Whitehot Magazine
Kurt McVey
June 1, 2019

Davies, a Sydney, Australia native now living in Los Angeles, pulls his visual references heavily from legendary if not infamous architectural structures, which he personally documents using digital photography and later (often years later) renders up in his large-scale, pulpy (in the full Tarantino version of the word) acrylic on canvas paintings. The show also features one-off, sunset-pastel, long-exposure photograms as well as his minimal, hand-painted, laser cut sculptures. 

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McLean Edwards

Aritist Profile
Saskia Beudel
Issue 47 | 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE

McLean Edwards said to writer Saskia Beudel, as they spoke in his studio, ‘We should be fearsome, us artists and writers. People should tremble when we enter the room.’ Few painters can claim to be an inspiration to their generation as Edwards can.

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Sally Anderson

Artist Profile
Sally Anderson
Issue 44 | 2019

Sally Anderson spoke about how the deeply autobiographical, the metaphorical and the observed intertwine in her painting practice.

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May 2019

OLSEN Gallery congratulates Jacqui Stockdale on her selection as a finalist in the Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture with her work Matilda. The Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture is a $20,000 biennial national award for excellence in photographic portraiture dedicated to the memory of photographer Olive Cotton. The winning work is acquired for the Gallery's Collection. The Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture Exhibition opens on 12 July 2019 ? 22 September 2019.

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JACQUI STOCKDALE | 2019 LEN FOX PAINTING AWARD

May 2019

OLSEN Gallery congratulates Jacqui Stockdale on her selection as a finalist in the 2019 Len Fox Painting Award with portrait Brother Nature. The Len Fox Painting Award is a highlight of the Castlemaine Art Museum 2019 Exhibition Program. The Len Fox Painting Award Exhibition opens on 8 June 2019 to 1 September 2019.



FRIENDS STUDIO TOUR: JOHN YOUNG | AUSTRALIAN TAPESTRY WORKSHOP

May 2019

Join the Friends of the Australian Tapestry Workshop for an exclusive visit to the studio of leading Australian artist John Young. John has collaborated with the ATW on two significant tapestries, Open World (2005) and Finding Kenneth Myer (2011). John Young was born in Hong Kong and moved to Australia in 1967. He read philosophy of science and aesthetics at the University of Sydney and then studied painting and sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts. He is well known for his series of paintings that are inspired by transcultural concerns and a bicultural experience. His works have been shown in more than 60 solo exhibitions and more than 160 group exhibitions across Australia, Asia and Europe. Join the artist on a tour of his studio, and to learn more about his practice and recent projects and exhibitions. Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the tour. 

Click here to join the Friends of the ATW For more information, contact the ATW on 9699 7885 or email contact@austapestry.com.au



Congratulations to Sylvia Ken winner of this years WYNNE Prize

May 2019

Established in 1897 the Wynne Prize is awarded annually for 'the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists?. Sylvia Ken is from the Amata community in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in South Australia. Her family are traditional owners for significant sites where the Seven Sisters story takes place. This painting refers to this story, the landscape that the story takes place in, as well as the characters in the story.

"I listen to the old people's stories and I think about these stories and then the ideas come for my paintings" I listen when they are talking about tjukurpa and telling creation stories, and when they say to me, "No, you should paint this way, the Seven Sisters"



CONGRATULATIONS to McLEAN EDWARDS this year's winner of the Sir John Sulman Prize.

May 2019

Established in 1936 the Sulman Prize is awarded to the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist. Edwards? explains that this work is about romantic engagement. ?My protagonist holds an apple/phone and is surrounded by new-growth leaves. There is a tree stump, stripped bare; febrile and baleful with one eye open. My hero?s coat is of the 'look at me?' variety, a map of roads, the pattern a bitumen colour and rather uneven?. Edwards has a forthcoming exhibition ?Everything Once? opening on May 22. 

'The first girl that knocked on his door', 2019 oil on canvas 153 x 122.5cm Edwards.




Step Into Australian Desert Dreamtime at Olsen Gruin Gallery

LA Weekly
Jordan Riefe
May 10, 2019

Walk into Olsen Gruin Gallery in Culver City and step into another place and time. Surrounding viewers are what look like large-scale abstract expressionist paintings from the mid-century by mavericks who drank, cursed and smoked too much. But titles like "Mamungari ‘nya," "Ngura Pilti" and "Ngayuka mamaku ngura ini Makiri," all painted in 2018, are the first hint these might not be what they look like. In fact, they are figurative paintings by indigenous artists from Central Australia that constitute the dazzling new show, APY Lands LA: Central Desert Painters of Australia, through May 30 in Culver City. Presented in partnership with the Australian Consulate-General Los Angeles, it is the largest collection of Australian indigenous art ever shown in the Southland.

Featured image:  Taylor Cooper, "Malara: 1 Wanampi Tjukurpa" 2018. acrylic on linen, 59.8 x 48 inches

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Sydney Morning Herald
Brook Turner
May 4, 2019

Anna-Wili Highfield has eschewed the traditional gallery system with a trajectory that has taken her work from a local designer’s living room to the boutiques of Tiffany and Hermès.

Anna-Wili Highfield remembers the moment she realised she was staring a whole new world in the eye. It was early 2011, she was 30 and she had, she happily admits, lost control of her life. Newly pregnant, she was in the living room of her house in Sydney's inner west with her daughter, Matilda, who had just turned four, and her cousin, Xanthe Highfield. Not that maternity was the immediate issue. Matilda was the original love child, conceived shortly after Highfield and her partner, Simon Cavanough, met at Opera Australia, where she was an apprentice scenery painter and he a prop maker. The couple's son, Claude, was a long-planned addition to the family. 

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