09/3/14

Angus McDonald | black&blue

Angus McDonald‘s most recent exhibition black&blue stems from the relationship between 2 simple objects.

“Most of the paintings and other pieces in the show are interpretations of how this relationship changes as these objects are exposed to, and pass through all the prismatic shades of colour and light in the process of time; not unlike the experiences we have in our own relationships.” – Angus McDonald

McDonald photographed elaborate installations in his Lennox Head studio. It is these photos that form the basis for the still life works in black&blue.

While appearing to be contemporary vanitas works, McDonald doesn’t perceive the skulls as being a foreboding symbol of death. In these simple and excruciatingly beautiful forms, McDonald presents a representation of the ephemerality of life.

Watch McDonald at work in his studio in the film below:

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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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07/18/14

Mosman Art Prize 2014 | Finalists

Congratulations to Olsen Irwin artists Jo Bertini, Anh Do, Robert Malherbe, Angus McDonald, Caroline Rannersberger and Paul Ryan for selection as a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize. The official opening for the exhibition of the finalists works and the announcement of the winner will take place on the evening of Thursday 31 July 2014 at the Mosman Art Gallery.

“Now in its 67th year, the Mosman Art Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious municipally funded visual art prizes in Australia. It is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council.” – Mosman Art Gallery

Mosman Art Prize
26 July – 7 September 2014

Mosman Art Gallery
Cnr Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Rd
Mosman NSW 2088

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Paul Ryan, Blue boy and dog, oil on linen, 102 x 102 cm, 2014 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize

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Angus McDonald, Ray of Light, Oil on canvas, 75 x 125cm, 2014 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize

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Robert Malherbe, A Walk to the Gallery, Oil on linen, 66 x 56cm, 2013 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize

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Caroline Rannersberger, Towards Cloudy Corner, Oil on Belgian linen, 3 x [97 x 39.5cm], 2013 – finalist in the Mosman Art Prize

06/4/14

Stephen Bird | Sunshine Coast Art Prize

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Stephen Bird, ‘I am the way’, Ceramic, 41 x 51cm

Congratulations to Stephen Bird for selection as a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize. Bird’s work ‘I am the way’ will be exhibited at the Caloundra Regional Gallery from 27 August t0 26 October 2014.

“All of the finalists’ entries will be available for purchase during the program and a selection will be available for purchase through the Sunshine Coast Art Prize Auction. This auction is in its second year, following the successful inaugural auction in 2013.” – Caloundra Regional Gallery

Sunshine Coast Art Prize
27 August – 26 October 2014

Caloundra Regional Gallery
22 Omrah Avenue
Caloundra Qld 4551

04/16/14

Jo Bertini | Finalist | Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award

Jo Bertini has been named as a finalist in the Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award to be exhibited at Cowra Regional Gallery from 4 May to 15 June 2014. Bertini won the 2013 Central West Regional Art Award for her work Wongitta Wadi Gold – pictured below.

Judge of the 2013 award, deputy director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Anne Flanagan, commended Bertini’s work, saying, “Jo’s large, square painting has a magic to it. The bright blue sky is like a ribbon that holds the animated brush stokes in place. The brush strokes move quickly across the canvas and are filled with all the warmth of the desert landscape – pink, ochre, yellow, red and a tantalizing orange that fills the foreground. The painting is carried out with confident speed and yet, as in the tradition of the oil sketch, has a keen descriptive quality.” – Anne Flanagan, Deputy director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Cowra Regional Gallery will also host a solo exhibition of Bertini’s work in October 2014.

Calleen Art Award and Central West Regional Art Award
4 May to 15 June 2014

Cowra Regional Gallery
77 Darling Street
Cowra NSW 2794

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Jo Bertini, Wongitta Wadi Gold, 2011, Oil on canvas, 122 x 122cm

03/11/14

Camie Lyons | Bull Bay Artist Residency and Workshop

Take part in a workshop held by Camie Lyons and Joanna Logue at the Bull Bay Artist Residency Workshop on Tasmania’s Bruny Island. The workshop will focus on working en plein air in both 2 and 3D formats. Running from April 12 to 13 2014, the workshop will also include dinner with the artists and accommodation in nearby cottages on the beautiful Bruny Island. The Bull Bay Artist Residency studio is located on North Bruny, with an outlook over Bull Bay, Storm Bay and Iron Pot Lighthouse – an inspiring landscape for any artist or creative mind.

Bull Bay Artist Residency Workshop with Camie Lyons and Joanna Logue
12 – 13 April 2014
‘Roseville’
401 Bruny Island Main Road
Bruny Island, Tasmania 7150

Contact Jane Wilson at the Bull Bay Artist Residencies for more information – jane@bullbay.com.au
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Camie Lyons, Pretty Little Basket Case. 2013, Bronze, 38.5 x 40 x 24cm

 

03/8/14

Olsen Irwin | Art Month, Art At Night

With Sydney’s Art Month in full swing, join Olsen Irwin for the Paddington/Woollahra Art At Night on Thursday 13 March from 6-8pm. The gallery will be open for extended hours to allow guests to view our current exhibitions:

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Robert Malherbe
What’s There is There
5 – 23 March 2014
Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road, Woollahra

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Tamara Dean
The Edge
5 – 23 March 2014
Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road, Woollahra

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Paul Ryan
Happy Days on the Leisure Coast
Olsen Irwin Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture
40 Queen Street, Woollahra

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01/28/14

Guy Warren | AM 2014 Australia Day Honours List

Guy Warren has been awarded an AM as Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in The 2014 Australia Day Honours List for ‘significant service to the visual arts as a painter, teacher, mentor and competition judge’.

Previously a recipient of the Order of Australia medal (OAM) in the general division in The Queen’s Birthday 1999 Honours List, Warren has been recognised time and again for his ongoing contributions to the arts. As well as being awarded some of Australia’s most prestigous art prizes, including the Archibald Prize in 1985, Warren has also received an Honorary Doctor of Visual Arts from the University of Sydney in 2007 and an Honorary Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong in 1998.

Warren’s work is held in major collections worldwide including the Nation Gallery of Australia, every Australian state art gallery and museum, the British Museum, the Contemporary Art Society Collection in London, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and the National Library of China, as well as countless private collections.

You can read the entire list of Australia Day Honours List 2014 recipients on the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia website here.

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Guy Warren, Dusty Road, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 76 x 76cm, $7,000

01/8/14

Olsen Irwin | 2014

Annnd we’re back…
After a restful two week break the Olsen Irwin team is back in the gallery.

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road, Woollahra NSW
Mon 12-5, Tues to Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5

Jonathan Delafield Cook
New Drawings
7 – 25 January

John Olsen
Recent works
7 – 25 January

Olsen Irwin Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture
40 Queen Street, Woollahra NSW
Tues to Sat 11-5

Regroup – Works under $5000
7 – 31 January

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12/18/13

Olsen Irwin | Holiday Period

XMAS_WEBOlsen Irwin will close from Tuesday 24 December 2013 and reopen on Tuesday 7 January 2014. We would like to wish everybody Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

Olsen Irwin will reopen in 2014 with the following exhibitions:

Jonathan Delafield Cook
New Drawings
11 – 23 December and 7 – 25 January

John Olsen
Recent works
11 – 23 December and 7 – 25 January

Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture
Regroup – Works under $5,000
29 November – 23 December and 7 – 21 January