09/14/17

LAURA JONES | DUMBO FEATHER

OLSEN gallery would like to congratulate Laura Jones. Laura Jones was recently named the feature artist for Dumbo Feather’s climate change issues, in which she speaks about her time as an artist-in-residence at the Australian Museum Lizard Island Research Station.

The article features Laura’s diary entries, where she documents her up-close experience of the Great Barrier Reef’s changing conditions. The feature also includes a podcast from their series That Time When, “where we chat with people about moments big or small that changed the course of their lives.

“Laura brings to life her experience of witnessing the Great Barrier Reef’s changing conditions, how she learnt to use her art as a form of activism and how she worked alongside science to interpret and bring attention to the problems that our planet is facing”.

Below are links to both the article and the podcast.

Laura Jones—a diary of a changing reef

That Time When…I Used my Art as Activism

 

 

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05/7/17

TIM OLSEN AND LAURA JONES | HARPER’S BAZAAR

For Harper’s Bazaar Australia’s May 2017 issue OLSEN Gallery Director Tim Olsen and represented artist Laura Jones visit the home and studio of the internationally acclaimed and prolific artist Brett Whiteley, reflecting on the profound impact the late artist had on each of their lives.

“The day Brett died, it was not just losing someone I had known since I was a small child, a friend of the family. The world lost someone who had a real vision.”

“Whiteley’s inflection was one of the first to strike a note for me in my most formative years. I was fascinated with the way his work epitomised the bohemian soul of Sydney.”

To read the full article, pick up a copy on news stands now.

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02/23/17

LAURA JONES FOR PIAC SOCIAL JUSTICE DINNER

OLSEN Gallery is proud to support Laura Jones who is donating a work to the Public Interest Advocacy Center’s Social Justice dinner for 2017.

Laura Jones, Sunflowers, oil on linen, 71 x 76cm

To bid on this work, please follow the link here. A chance to support a worthy cause and snap up the beautiful Laura Jones piece above.

For more information, please visit their website here or see below to purchase tickets.

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01/3/17

BLEACHED: LAURA JONES’S HOPE FOR THE REEF

In preparation for her 2017 solo show at Olsen Gallery, Laura Jones reflects on her time visiting the Great Barrier Reef for The Gaurdian, written by .

‘The artist says her undeniably sad portraits of bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef are about resilience: ‘It’s not a fragile delicate flower … it’s so important to be optimistic and do what we can to protect it’.

Laura Jones is pained by the delicate balance she wants to strike. Her paintings of coral bleaching are going to be engulfing, immersive and undeniably sad. But she wants them to express hope and resilience, too.

It’s something she keeps coming back to before, during and after I visit her studio, where she is preparing a major exhibition.

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“It’s not a fragile, delicate flower,” Jones says of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. “It’s quite resilient. Somehow I need to show that in the paintings. But still show that we’re really hammering it.”

Partly inspired by the Guardian’s in-depth coverage of coral bleaching in 2016, including around Lizard Island in the northern reef, Jones packed her bags and became an artist-in-residence on the island for 10 days in August.

Diary note from 19 August

‘I set out for Lizard Island after being in Melbourne for three days for a series of art fairs. After a quick stop at my home in Sydney to pick up my camera, art supplies and a wetsuit, I headed for far north Queensland. From Cairns I made the trip to the research station on a tiny six-seater plane. The journey included spectacular views of the reef and the bright blue sky looked like it was melting into the ocean.”

When she got there, she landed in the epicentre of what was the worst bleaching event the Great Barrier Reef had ever seen. Just a few months earlier, about a quarter of the coral on the entire 2,300km length had been killed, with 85% of that mortality in the northern third – right where Jones landed.

She would go snorkelling or diving for four hours a day, and then go back to her workspace – a desk in a lab shared with scientists – where she would sketch what she saw and write in her diary.

Read the full article here

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10/21/16

CONGRATULATIONS TO LAURA JONES FOR MAKING THE FINALS OF THE PORTIA GEACH MEMORIAL AWARD AT SH ERVIN GALLERY

 

Olsen Irwin would like to congratulate Laura Jones on being selected as a finalist in the 2016 Portia Geach Memorial Award.

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The award celebrated it’s 50th year in 2015, cementing the Portia Geach Memorial Award as Australia’s most prestigious art prize for portraiture by female artists.

The Portia Geach Memorial Award was established by the will of the late Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, Portia Geach. The non-acquisitive award of $30, 000 is awarded by the Trustee for the entry which is of the highest artistic merit, ‘…for the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia during the twelve months preceding the close date for entries.’ 

laura-jones_-selfie_-oil-on-linen_-71-x-61-cmLaura Jones, Selfie (2016), oil on linen, 71 x 61cm

For more information, visit their website here

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10/20/16

LAURA JONES FOR THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD GOOD FOOD MONTH 'GUILTY PLEASURES' EXHIBITION

Olsen Irwin would like to congratulate our artist Laura Jones on being included in the 2016 ‘Guilty Pleasures’ exhibition on Kensington Street as part of the Syndey Morning Herald ‘Good Food Month’.

From their Facebook page:

‘Kensington Street is celebrating Good Food Month on Tuesday 25 October by giving members of the public license to indulge in the forbidden, with a series of events exploring the Seven Deadly Sins.

As Good Food Month descends upon Sydney, Kensington Street and Chippendale Creative Precinct are exploring the wonders and complexities of excess. We deviously welcome the chance to take food off the plate and onto the canvas with an exhibition Guilty Pleasures inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins, opening on Tuesday 25 October at 6pm at the Old Rum Store, Kensington Street, Chippendale.

We invite you to lose yourself in a world of opulence and indulgence as some of Australia’s most highly acclaimed and innovative artists explore the complex and wonderfully excessive relationship between envy, lust, gluttony, sloth, pride, wrath and greed through the medium of painting. Each participating artist will conjure a unique approach to the sins, invoking ideas of excess and indulgence, as they relate to gastronomy.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Guilty Pleasures’, will be co-curated by Nicky Ginsberg of Kensington Contemporary and esteemed philanthropist and art collector Pat Corrigan, who will also open the exhibition.

Indulge in a wondrous collection of original artworks from some of Australia’s most widely acclaimed and innovative artists, including 2016 Archibald People’s Choice Award Winner Nicholas Stathopoulos, alongside many-time Archibald Finalists Leslie Rice and Jasper Knight, to name a few. We also welcome acclaimed artists Scott Marsh, Mulga, Fiona White, Laura Jones, Nicole Kelly and many other exciting names.

A percentage of the proceeds from this exhibition will go towards OzHarvest, the brainchild of 2010 Australian of the Year, Ronni Kahn. In 2005 Ozharvest successfully lobbied to legalise the donation of surplus food to charitable organisations, ever since they have helped countless Australians by using excess for good.’

laura-jones_after-party_2016_oil-on-linen_60-x-60-cm_1016_01_webLaura Jones, After Party, oil on linen, 60 x 60 cm $4500

See more and buy tickets on their website here

 

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