PETER VANDERMARK | Finalist in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

The gallery wishes congratulations to Peter Vandermark, finalist in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize for Predestination: observatory I, II & III 2017.

Predestination: observatory I, II & III  2017, Plywood, timber, acrylic paint, acrylic mirror, 26(h) x 80 x 70cm


The winner will be announced at the opening on Saturday 14th October and the exhibition will continue until Sunday 5th November, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay http://sculptureprize.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/home

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Peter Vandermark – Finalist in this Year’s Guirguis New Art Prize

OLSEN Gallery is delighted to announce Peter Vandermark’s selection into this year’s Guirguis New Art Prize.

GNAP is a national, biennial, contemporary art exhibition sponsored by local surgeon and philanthropist, Mr Mark Guirguis. Administered by the Federation University Australia, GNAP17 was presented at FedUni’s Post Office Gallery in association with the Art Gallery of Ballarat and is on exhibition until 14 May, 2017.

Of the nominated artists, Peter Vandermark made it through to the final 14. Congratulations Peter!

For more information on the Guirguis New Art Prize, please click here.

Predestination (black & white), 2016, plywood, acrylic mirrors, acrylic paint, 176.5 x 140.5cm



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Peter Vandermark finalist for the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award

Olsen Irwin Peter Vandermark has been selected as a finalist for the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award.

This is a huge achievement and is the fourth time Peter has been selected in the past five years.

Chosen are Peter’s works Rococo cocoon I,II & III’


Rococo cocoon I, II & III 2015
Galvanised metal ducting elbows, photo frames, inflatable ‘core balls’
25(h) x 60 x 60cm (dims variable)

Exhibition dates: Tuesday 9 June – Friday 10 July.

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Peter Vandermark | Sydney Morning Herald top five art picks for 2014

Olsen Irwin would like to wish everyone a happy 2015! This year promises to be just as, if not more exciting than last with everyone involved with the gallery – artists, managers, installations team and directors – working harder than ever to produce some fantastic exhibitions and some truly special pieces of art. Things are already off to a very good start with the Summer Theme and Variations exhibition at the main gallery and New Years hang at 40 Queen St showcasing some wonderful works. So it is with great excitement that we look ahead to what 2015 has in store.


But we have decided to kick off the year by looking back, with artist Peter Vandermark’s 2014 exhibition Modulations featuring in the Sydney Morning Herald’s top five art picks for 2014. Held at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space, The show considered the significance of design to living life in the 21st Century, with a focus on aspects of the domestic, the urban and the architectural amongst others.

“Peter Vandermark’s Modulations was exemplary of his continuing explorations into the built environment and our complex relationships with that environment…Vandermark’s telling and stylistically sophisticated interrogations offered opportunities for layered and varied responses, each as valid as the other.” – Peter Haynes, Sydney Morning Herald

2014 was an extremely successful year for Peter, with one of his works from modulations, ‘Conductor’ being acquired by the National Gallery of Australia.

You can read the article here.


Peter Vandermark | Acquisition, National Gallery of Australia

One work by artist Peter Vandermark has recently been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia. The sculptural work titled ‘Conductor,’ was part of a solo exhibition of Peter’s work earlier this year ‘Modulations,’ at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space.

‘Conductor’ is the second piece of Peter’s work acquired by the Gallery with his ‘wall of sound’ sculptural structure purchased in 2010.

Born in Melbourne in 1960 and completing his Bachlor of visual arts in Canberra, Peter Vandermark creates sculptures that explore the area between sculpture and design, art history and contemporary living. His work is represented in public Australian and international collections and private collection.


Conductor, 2014, galvanised metal, ducting elbows and acrylic spheres, 268 x 55 x 80cm

wall of sound

Wall of sound, 2009, powder-coated manufactured aluminium letters, 74 x 75 x 10cm


Peter Vandermark | Modulations, Canberra Contemporary Art Space

Modulations is the latest exhibition by sculptor Peter Vandermark, held at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space. The show considers the significance of design to living life in the 21st Century in regards to aspects of the domestic, the urban and the architectural amongst others.

“An exploration of the relationship between the human body and the built environment, Modulations is an uncanny reimagining of architecture, furniture, maquettes and design in general.” – Benjamin Judd, QT Life

Modulations exemplifies the way in which Peter’s practice involves itself not only with the sculptural traditions of art history, but also engages with features of modern and contemporary living.

10 October – 15 November 2014
Canberra Contemporary Art Space
CCAS Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon, A.C.T




Stephen Bird, Camie Lyons and Peter Vandermark | Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalists

Three artists from the Olsen Irwin stables have been selected as finalists in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize for 2014. Peter Vandermark, Camie Lyons and Stephen Bird will each have a work exhibited at the Woollahra Council Chambers In Double Bay over a period of sixteen days.

Established in 2001, the prize bestows an acquisitive award of $15,000 to first place for creating an original, freestanding sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension.

“The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize has distinguished itself as one of the more critically significant awards for a local artist to win. Previous recipients include some of Australia’s best contemporary artists such as Mikala Dwyer, Adam Cullen, Alexander Seton and Archie Moore.” – The Art Life

The prize receives over 500 submissions each year from Australian and International artists. Of those entries, approximately 40 are chosen as finalists.

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
18 October – 2 November 2014
Woollahra Municipal Council
536 New South Head Road
Double Bay, New South Wales 2028



Camie Lyons, Bone Umbilical 2, 2014, bronze, 50 x 54 x 40cm


Stephen Bird, Ancestral Figure, 2014, ceramic with pigment and glaze, 65 x 29 x 32cm


Peter Vandermarck, Clerestory 80, 2014, fibreboard, plywood, paint, mirrored acrylic sheet, 80 x 80 x 80cm


Marie Hagerty | Peter Vandermark | The Art Life

Marie Hagerty and Peter Vandermark‘s current exhibition of New Works at Olsen Irwin has been featured on The Art Life.

“Though they’ve always worked separately in respective painting and sculpture practices, this show demonstrates ample connection through their use of colour, shape and shared influence. At the same it juxtaposes contrasting perspectives – with Hagerty’s curvy, overlapping, semi-abstracted images surprisingly living in harmony with Vandermark’s straight edged, geometric style.” – Sharne Wolff, The Art Life

Read the article here on The Art Life.

Marie Hagerty and Peter Vandermark
New Works
16 April – 4 May

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025


Marie Hagerty, 3 Plane girls II, 2014, collage on paper, 56 x 77cm


Marie Hagerty | Peter Vandermark | House Tour

A visit to the Canberra home of Marie Hagerty and Peter Vandermark is an aesthetic experience. Its smart modernist architecture houses a world that has been created through the marriage of two of Australia’s most exciting and stylish contemporary artists. Hagerty and Vandermark have a shared home but separate studios. There is a movement of artworks between these spaces that ensures every visitor is greeted by the exciting prospect of new works to view and a ‘fresh hang’. While many artists bring their work home from the studio to live with, contemplate and slowly evaluate, what is really striking about the Hagerty-Vandermark household is the way in which their works sit together so beautifully within the overall look and feel of their home, providing an insight into the extent to which their art is integrated into their lives.


These two positively live their aesthetic. Their work is in no way the same: each has developed, in the course of their career, a unique style and vocabulary of visual motifs for which they are individually known. When brought together, however, the symmetry can’t be ignored. This effect has been described by the artists as a kind of play, which serves “to juxtapose and add another dimension or conversation – we ‘speak’ very different languages, but understand each other.” While not always harmonious (could such a situation possibly be?!) it is clearly a fruitful alliance.

Marie and Peter sustain a dialogue that is intuitive and ongoing. They see the consistencies in each other’s work and share a special affection for ‘classic’ pieces in their oeuvres that are always on display (Hagerty’s remarkable ‘Photojournalist’, for example, and a suite of three sculptures by Vandermark that retains pride of place in the couple’s bedroom). New artworks are continually viewed in relation to these benchmarks and in turn encourage the artists to look at their key works afresh.
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