05/5/18

Claudia Damichi | Domain Prestige

An interview with Claudia Damichi features in Domain Prestige in The AFR this week.
“The work jams strong palettes up against each other. It jumps out at you, but the longer you stay with these works, the more they give.”

For more details on Claudia Damichi’s upcoming show, please click here.

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04/28/18

Alan Jones Butt Naked Salon

Liquitex Australia

 

At the end of November of 2017 Alan Jones performed an evocation of a bohemian art salon that merges music, live drawing and painting. He painted the walls of Yellow House while the Sydney Art Quartet performed Schubert, Sculthorpe & Finzi with Musings from Tim Olsen.

Liquitex Australia has released a clip on their youtube summarising the event.

 

Watch the feature with the link below:

 

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04/28/18

profile: Julian Meagher | Vogue Living Australia May/June 2018

Freya Herring

 

The notion of the everyday has occupied the minds of artists since the dawn of time – Egyptians depicting the hunt; Vermeer’s milkmaid at work; van Gogh’s bedroom. And so it goes, all the way to Marcel Duchamp’s conception of the self-concious readymade –Ordinary objects passed off as art – in 1913.

 

Cut to 2018, and Sydney artist Julian Meagher is painting goon bags, the foil bag inside a box of wine, out of his Marrickville studio. “I’m not affraid of elevating the absurd – I think artists have a key role in doing that,” says Meagher. “And I love goon bags; they’re actually beautiful objects to paint. Once you start thinking about them as sculpture – their weightlessness but at the same time the heaviness of them – they are really beautiful shapes.” For him, the ordinary is anything but. “That’s the beauty of art,” he says. “Making people see the poetry of the everyday.”

 

Meagher’s work really is poetic. Thinning out oil paint with medium, his portraits of people and objects set against clear, white nothingness appear almost luminous, with the colours glowing against the pale. “Because I paint in such a translucent style, the surface of what I paint is really important,” says the two time Archibald finalist. “And so I try to paint water and glass and skin, changing these functional objects into non-functional objects of desire.”

 

Until 11 years ago, Meagher was a medical doctor. But he gave it all up to focus on art, which he had loved since childhood. “I’m motivated by a love of paint, not cash,” he says. He has just completed a commistion to create 10 original paintings for the newly refitted resort, The Byron at Byron, each  depicting a native Australian plant, from banksias to kangaroo paws, to wattle flowers and gumnuts. “I’m intersted in why things become so symbolic,” says Meagher. “I lean towards symbolic objects – the goon bag, the VB can, Australian native flowers – to make us think about why we revere these objects and are at the same time repelled by them.”

 

Although he never wants to come across as didactic, Meagher acknowledges the political implications of portraying Australiana. “I’m a privileged white Australian male artist, and I’m still trying to reconcile my place in this country,” he says. “My Aboriginal friends have taught me a lot. You don’t have to make people think about things in an agressive way; it can be done as a starting point for a dialogue.

 

“I love very quiet paintings that aren’t loud in your house; that are quite serene. And for me that is a lovely place to get taken when you’re standing infornt of a painting. You can feel that meditative process the artist went through.”

 

Despite his career in medicine, Meagher’s heart was always in a tube of paint. “Being creative isn’t an easy, linear, straight road; it has its problems,” he says. “But if you can eke out an existance doing it, it’s magic.”

 

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04/3/18

Julian Meagher | Semi Permanent

Christopher Baker of Semi Permanent interviews Julian Meagher on his recent show INLET/OUTLET at Olsen Gallery

 

To read the full article please click here.

INLET/OUTLET runs until 15 April 2018.

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02/24/18

ANNA-WILLI HIGHFIELD | OLSEN GRUIN

Christopher Hart Chambers reviews Anna-Willi Highfield‘s exhibition Spirit Faces at Olsen Gruin Gallery in New York City.

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02/24/18

MELINDA HARPER | MODERN CURRENTS

 

Melinda Harper’s painting Untitled (2002) from TarraWarra’s collection has been included in Modern Currents, curated by Victoria Lynn.

The exhibition opens this weekend 24th of February and will run until the 29th of April.

For more information about the exhibition click here.

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02/17/18

SALLY ANDERSON | ART COLLECTOR MAGAZINE

Sally Anderson has been featured in the esteemed Art Collector Magazine Issue #83.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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02/17/18

ZOE YOUNG | IN/OUT

Zoe Young has been featured on IN/OUT by Arent & Pyke after her very successful show at Olsen’s Annexe gallery.

To read the full article see : http://inoutdesignblog.com/art/bright-young-things-zoe-young/

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02/17/18

PAUL DAVIES | PSA MUSEUM

OLSEN Gallery would like to congratulate Paul Davies on his talk at Palm Springs Art Museum. Paul’s painting will be on display in the museum through Modernism Week until the 25th of February.

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12/16/17

Zoe Young | The Australian

“There’s nothing like a near-death experience to end procrastination. Just ask Zoe Young.”

 

Zoe Young has spoken to The Australian about how a traumatic near-death experience unleashed an inner urgency to paint. Young has drawn on simple moments of beauty to express a love of life. Her ethos; “Well there is beauty in the world. Look around you and find yours”.

Zoe Young’s current exhibition ‘Orchard House’ is on at OLSEN Annexe until this Sunday Dec 17th.

To read the full article by Alex Speed click here.

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