07/26/17

SOPHIE CAPE | Finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

The gallery wishes congratulations to Sophie Cape, finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize for Awake, O Sleeper.

Awake, O Sleeper, 2017 soil, bulldust, blood, charcoal, acrylic, oil, pastel, graphite, ink on canvas 169 x 213cm

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is an annual prize that was founded to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established female artists in Australia.

The winner will be announced at the exhibition opening on 4 August, 2017.

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07/26/17

MARISA PURCELL | Finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Marisa Purcell‘s Expanse has been selected as a finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize.

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is an annual prize that was founded to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established female artists in Australia.

Expanse, mixed media on linen, 183 x 153cm

 

Congratulation’s Marisa.

The winner will be announced at the exhibition opening on 4 August, 2017

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07/26/17

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

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. Wilpena in the spring.’ – Nicholas Harding, 2017

 

John Olsen AO, OBE, oil on linen, 198 x 138 cm

‘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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07/26/17

JUZ KITSON | Finalist in the 2017 Wynne Prize

OLSEN gallery is pleased to announce Juz Kitson‘s That which provides safety and the possibility of growth, that which you can put your trust in, 2017 has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Wynne Prize

 

Juz Kitson, That which provides safety and the possibility of growth, that which you can put your trust in, 2017

“This installation is a heady mix of artefact and disturbing viscera, a kind of contemporary shamanism, playing with representations and perceptions of the human and animal condition.”

“The universal language here represents the outsider versus the insider, acceptance and isolation, connection and displacement – a theme that is constant in the lives of people living in remote areas, though is ultimately united by the human condition.”

“The juxtaposition of inanimate materials is suggestive of the cycle of life. It also creates the sense that the work is alive, in an ironic way, as all living things decay.”

Juz Kitson, 2017

The Wynne Prize winner is to be announced on Friday July 28th 2017.

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07/26/17

ALAN JONES | Finalist in the 2017 WYNNE Prize

Congratulations are in order for Alan Jones for his selection as a finalist in the 2017 Wynne Prize for his painting Painting 218 (The Domain), 2016.

Painting 218 (The Domain), 2016 acrylic on board

“This landscape is a reflection of everyday life. It depicts a walk that I took to the Art Gallery of New South Wales with my son. It had just stopped raining and the sun was reflecting on the wet trees and pathway, creating a silvery light.”

“I enjoyed experimenting with collage to produce this work. It is one of the more abstract landscapes I have produced. It felt free from formal constraints. I worked quickly and intensely on each assembled piece. Applying thin acrylic washes to raw plywood added an element of unpredictability and immediacy, like working in a sketchpad.”

Alan Jones, 2017

The Wynne Prize winner is to be announced on Friday July 28th 2017.

 

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07/26/17

STEPHEN ORMANDY | Work in Progress

OLSEN gallery is pleased to present one of four monumental sculptures commissioned for the Suzhou Sports Centre Shangha by Stephen Ormandy.

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07/26/17

MELINDA HARPER ‘Colour Sensation: The Works of Melinda Harper’

Melinda Harper’s stunning new text from her first major museum exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art is now available at OLSEN Gallery.  

‘COLOUR SENSATION: The Works of Melinda Harper’ is available from OLSEN gallery here

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07/6/17

OLSEN GRUIN | THE 30 HOTTEST GROUP SHOWS TO SEE IN NEW YORK THIS SUMMER

Congratulations OLSEN GRUIN on being featured as #10 in Artnet’s 30 hottest group shows to visit in New York this summer.

Sharing Country‘ curated by Adam Knight continues until July 23 at 211 Elizabeth Street.

To view the full exhibition, please visit the OLSEN GRUIN website here.

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07/6/17

MARISA PURCELL | BELVOIR STREET THEATRE PANELIST | 16 AUGUST 2017

OLSEN Gallery is proud to announce Marisa Purcell’s involvement as a panelist for the Belvoir Street Theatre on August 16, 2017.

There are countless theories as to where ideas come from. Writer and media theorist Stephen Johnson believes “chance favours the connected mind” — that is, by randomly stumbling across a piece of information, we can improve our own ideas. Film maker David Lynch says one can “catch ideas from daydreaming” while researchers Chan and Schunn suggest incremental thinking can be crucial for innovation.

On this multi-disciplinary panel, join an abstract painter, a philosopher and a feminist international relations scholar as they explore where their ideas come from.

How did they know what to focus on? How do they keep inspired and not get distracted? And in a culture focused on money, commodities and status, how do they stay committed to pursuing the creative and the intellectual?

This panel is designed to get you thinking about your own ideas and what to do with them, as well as learn a bit about women soldiers fighting on the frontline, why brown paint is beautiful and whether children really are innocent.

To read more about the panel or purchase tickets please click here.

 

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