06/9/18

Olsen Limited | DENFAIR

DENFAIR is Australia’s leading destination for contemporary design and art for professional designers, architects, interior stylists and design-lovers. Its curated design event, refined over three years and held annually in Melbourne and Sydney, has become the connection point where today hundreds of local and international brands come together in their passion for design to utilise DENFAIR as a platform for business growth and opportunity.

Learn more about Denfair here.

Olsen’s Contemporary Limited Editions in associations with the curated design event are having several of our artists participate in the event. See all the works below.

Crowded Room, 2018

Stephen Ormandy

Fine art print on archival cotton rag paper using fade resistant pigmented inks
Limited edition of 50 prints, hand signed, editioned and titled by the artist
Image size 112.5 cm x 90 cm
First published in 2018

Harbour Pools (Blue Swimmer Crab), 2018

John Olsen

Fine art print on archival cotton rag paper using fade resistant pigmented inks
Limited edition of 35 prints, hand signed, editioned and titled by the artist
Image size 71 x 135cm
First Published 2018

 

Magnolia and Vine, 2018

Nicholas Harding

Fine art print on archival cotton rag paper using fade resistant pigmented inks
Limited edition of 25 prints, hand signed and editioned by the artist
Image size 61 x 61 cm
First published in 2018

 

Disco Boat, 2018

McLean Edwards

Fine art print on archival cotton rag paper using fade resistant pigmented inks
Limited edition of 35 prints, hand signed and editioned by the artist
Image size 50 x 50cm
First published in 2018

 

The Inlet #8, 2018

Julian Meagher

Fine art print on archival cotton rag paper using fade resistant pigmented inks
Limited edition of 25 prints, hand signed, editioned and titled by the artist
Image size 80 x 64cm
First published in 2018

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06/2/18

Nicholas Harding | Art of Music

ART OF MUSIC is one of the most talked about fundraisers on the Sydney event circuit.  There is no other like it.  Presented by Jenny Morris, ART OF MUSIC combines both visual arts and music.  Held every two years, a group of Australia’s top artists come together to create an original exhibition where each artist chooses an iconic Australian/NZ song to inspire a piece of artwork.  The artwork is then auctioned during a gala dinner in the spectacular Grand Court of the Art Gallery of NSW.

All proceeds go to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, an inspirational charity that use the power of music to transform lives.

Congratulations to Nicholas Harding on his participation in the event with his work :

Private Universe (Neil Finn)   2018

oil on linen

112x107cm

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05/5/18

A Congratulations to our artists

OLSEN Gallery would like to congratulate NICHOLAS HARDING , JULIAN MEAGHER and FIONA MCMONAGLE who were all selected as finalists in the 2018 Archibald Prize , as well as JOHN OLSEN who is a finalist in this year’s Wynne Prize.

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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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11/5/16

NICHOLAS HARDING AND FIONA MCMONAGLE IN 'THE POPULAR PETS SHOW' AT THE NPG

Olsen artists Nicholas Harding and Fiona McMonagle feature in ‘The Popular Pets’ show at The National Portrait Gallery, hanging from Friday 4 November 2016 until Monday 13 March 2017

 

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Night Owl, 2013 by Fiona McMonagle
Private Collection, NSW

From The National Portrait Gallery website:

‘The Popular Pet Show will express the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, and will celebrate their trusting, unpretentious ways.

Comprising exuberant recent Australian paintings, many on a large scale, it will include portraits of famous and obscure Australians and their pets by contemporary artists Nicholas Harding, Lucy Culliton, Darren McDonald, Anna Culliton, Fiona McMonagle, Ken Done, Noel McKenna, Graeme Drendel, Robyn SweaneyKristin Headlam, Shen Jiawei, Jude Rae, William Robinson, Janet Dawson and Davida Allen. Many works have been created especially for the exhibition.

The Pet Show curator is Sarah Engledow, whose recent popular National Portrait Gallery exhibitions include Arcadia: Sound of the sea; Paris to Monaro: Pleasures from the studio of Hilda Rix Nicholas; and Idle Hours. A fully-illustrated catalogue, written by Dr. Engledow, will accompany the high-spirited exhibition – pre-order your copy here!’

 

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

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10/16/14

Paul Ryan, Nicholas Harding | Finalists, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2014

Nicholas Harding and Paul Ryan are finalists this year in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Nicholas’ painting of actor Richard Roxburgh and Paul’s of fellow artist Noah Taylor make up a group of thirty works to be exhibited at Juniper Hall in Paddington.

The Doug Moran National portrait prize is an initiative of the Moran Arts Foundation, a philanthropic organisation whose objective is to support the arts in Australia.

The winner of the prize will receive $150, 000 and their portrait will be acquired as part of the collection of the Moran Foundation.

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
29 October 2014 – 15 February 2015
Juniper Hall, 250 Oxford St, Paddington, NSW, 2021

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Paul Ryan, Noah Taylor, 2014

Richard Roxburgh 2014 oil on linen 183x92cm copy

Nicholas Harding, Richard Roxburgh, 2014

09/2/14

2014 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize | Semi-finalists

Nicholas Harding, Julian Meagher and Paul Ryan have all been named as semi-finalists in the 2014 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. The annual prize, in its 26 year, awards $150,000 to an outstanding work of portraiture. The winning work is acquired by the Moran Arts Foundation.

“Established by Doug and Greta Moran and Family in 1988 in celebration of Australia’s bicentennial, the Moran Arts Foundation fosters portraiture skills and excellence in photography.” – Moran Arts Foundation

2014 judges are Edmund Capon AM OBE, director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 1978 to 2011 and artist, Lewis Miller. From the semi-finalists, 30 finalists will be named and exhibited at Juniper Hall in Paddington, Sydney from 29 October 2014 to 15 February 2015. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 28 October 2014. Best of luck to all!

Julian Meagher, Straight Into The Sun, 2014, oil on linen, 76 x 51cm.

Julian Meagher, Straight Into The Sun, 2014, oil on linen, 76 x 51cm

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Paul Ryan, Noah, 2014, oil on linen

Nicholas Harding, Richard Roxburg, 2014, oil on linen, 168 x 76cm

Nicholas Harding, Richard Roxburg, 2014, oil on linen, 168 x 76cm

07/23/14

Nicholas Harding | Art Collector

Nicholas Harding has been featured in Art Collector’s Under 5K, an annual presentation of works by established artists that are available for less than $5,000. Included in the mix are Nicholas Harding’s watercolour works completed during a residency in Paris and etchings produced for his recent exhibition at Olsen Irwin Drawing Godot.

Olsen Irwin director Rex Irwin talks of Hardings etchings of the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Waiting for Godot as, ‘Far more exciting than a photo, they capture the immediacy of the drama and sit comfortably in the pantheon of great artists such as Degas, Lautrec and Hockney who worked from life studying performers both on and off stage.’

Click ‘continue reading’ below to see more works by Nicholas Harding for under $5,000 after the jump.

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07/19/14

Nicholas Harding | Sophie Cape | Paul Ryan | Salon des Refuses

Congratulations to Nicholas Harding, Sophie Cape and Paul Ryan for selection in the 2014 Salon des Refuses.

Originating in 1992, the Salon des Refuses presents an alternative selection of works from the entries to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes. The judges for 2014 are Gina Fairley – arts writer, curator and director of Slot Gallery; Andrew Frost – art commentator, lecturer and presenter of The Art Life; and Jane Watters – director of the S.H. Ervin Gallery.

Nicholas Harding was selected for his entry for the Archibald Prize featuring the cast of the Sydney Theatre Company’s Waiting for Godot production, Playing for Godot (Mullins, Weaving, Roxburgh and Quast). Sophie Cape and Paul Ryan were selected for their entries to the Wynne Prize. The Wynne Prize accepts entries of landscape painting of Australian scenery or figure sculpture.

The exhibition opens today, Saturday 19 July, and run until 14 September at the S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney.

2014 Salon des Refuses
19 July to 14 September 2014

S.H. Ervin Gallery
Watson Road
Observatory Hill
The Rocks NSW 2000

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06/13/14

Guy Maestri | Art of Music | Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Morning Herald’s  spoke with Guy Maestri about his work for the charity auction event, Art of Music. ‘Are you Leaving for the Country’ by Australian band The Drones is both the inspiration and the title of Maestri’s work to be auctioned for the event. Money raised will go to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, ‘founded in 1984 to promote and develop the understanding, training and practice of creative music therapy.’ – Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. For the auction 11 artists were asked to create a work based on an iconic Australian song. Olsen Irwin artists Nicholas Harding, Luke Sciberras and Amanda Marburg are also contributing works to the auction.

Watch Maestri discuss his work and song choice and read the article here on the Sydney Morning Herald website.

Art of Music
Saturday 14 June 2014
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney
Performances by Don Walker, Missy Higgins and Sunny Amoreena

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Guy Maestri, ‘Are you Leaving for the Country’, 2014. Nicholas Harding, ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’, 2014

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Luke Sciberras, ‘The Belly of the Whale’, 2014. Amanda Marburg, ‘That Ain’t Bad’ 2014