In 2016, the Great Barrier Reef was hit by the largest and most far-reaching bleaching event in recorded history, an environmental disaster which continues to ravage coral up and down the east coast.
In the midst of the unfolding crisis, OLSEN artist Laura Jones was compelled to travel to the remote islands of Lizard and Heron Island, where she worked as an artist-in-residence alongside research scientists for ten days.
Laura joined Nic Healey, 2ser’s Breakfast host, in the studio to describe her reef adventure and discuss how art can help us to connect with this beautiful and vulnerable ecosystem.
To listen to the full interview please click here.
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.
Olsen Irwin would like congratulate Laura Jones on being selected as a finalist in the 2016 Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA) at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.
“The EMSLA $20,000 art award encourages excellence and innovation in Australian still life painting,” said Abigail Moncrieff, Acting Curator of the Gallery.
“It was the brainchild of Dr Mal Eutick who wanted to honour the memory of his parents while contributing to the artistic and cultural life of Coffs Harbour.
“This year we had over 220 entries from all over Australia and the 68 finalists include notable artists such as Leo Coyte, Laura Jones, Monika Behrens, Samuel Condon, Graham Marchant, Robyn Sweaney, Madeline Preston and Ted Hillyer.”
This year’s judges are Nat Thomas, the artist and arts writer/cultural commentator, and Michael Fitzgerald, writer and editor of Art Monthly Australasia. They will be announcing the winner at the opening of the EMSLA Festival on Friday, 11 November, at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.
“The quality and diversity of the entries we received made it a very difficult job for the judges to shortlist the finalists. I don’t envy them trying to pick the ultimate winner,” said Ms Moncrieff.
As well as the announcement of the winner, the Opening Night will feature the naming of the People’s Choice Award winner and a special performance by popular soprano Michelle Der Kinderen.
The EMSLA exhibition will run until Saturday, 7 January, 2017 at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.
For more information, go to their website here
Olsen Irwin would like to congratulate Laura Jones on her first exhibition with us.
Laura Jones’ exhibition of still lives celebrates the Australian wildflower. While knowingly engaging with the lineage of still life, her paintings are contemporary renditions of the genre.
Tiny stems of kangaroo paw or flowering gum are placed in crystal vases and scaled up for a fresh perspective. Jones, who has worked as a florist, has an observation based studio practice, setting up the arrangements and painting from life.
Addicted to the powerful symbology of the ephemeral bloom, Jones juxtaposes wildflowers with their European counterparts in a series of paintings that declare a deep respect for the importance of flowers in both art and life.
Demand for Laura’s work saw all works in the exhibition sell before the opening night last Wednesday.
A sell out exhibition is a great boast for any artist and we look forward to receive some more of Laura’s works later in the year.
If you would like to be notified for any new works please email email@example.com and ask to be put on Laura’s preview list.
‘Wildflower’ closes on the 20th of March
Olsen Irwin artist Laura Jones has teamed up with fashion designer Kate Sylvester in a collaboration mixing art and fashion.
The result of the project has seen Kate Sylvester produce both a t-shirt and a dress using Laura’s works in collage.
Pictured above is the Lola Dress demonstrating the striking marriage between artist and designer.
Lara Jones has an upcoming exhibition at the main Olsen Irwin Gallery 2 -20 March entitled ‘wildflower’