Finally I will retire on the 30 October after 4 years with Olsen Irwin and 40 years with Rex Irwin Art Dealer. Most of the artists that came with me to Olsen Irwin will continue to exhibit with the gallery, which will now be known as Olsen.
I would like to thank Tim and Katrina for making my stay at the gallery fun, stimulating and occasionally exasperating (for all of us) I intend to keep the association with Tim and will, from time to time, organize an exhibition at the gallery.
I would like to thanks all the artists with whom I have been involved over the years for the delight of our journey together and to my clients, many of whom have become dear friends, I thank you for your support, generosity and the occasional kick in the bum, which I’m sure I needed!
After all these years of changing exhibitions, changing fashion and changing prices I’m in for one last change – but I have no idea what that will be.
‘ Plus ça change ’ but I hope not, ‘ plus c’est la même chose.’
It has been a great privilege to work with Rex. He has not only brought much to the gallery, but also the staff and artists who came to continue working with him. It should not be underestimated how much Rex has contributed to the Australian art scene at large. Exhibitions normally reserved for institutions with artists like David Hockney, Henry Moore and Frank Auerbach to only mention a few. He has also nurtured and enhanced the reputations and careers of many Australian artists in the aura of these masters. He represents a great eye, a scholarship and a sophistication normally only reserved for Northern Hemisphere galleries. No one else will emulate Rex’s courage and astuteness and the Australian art world will be poorer for his retirement.