03/4/15

Prue Venables – Top of Glenn Barkley's stockroom picks

Former Head Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Glenn Barkley was asked in an interview for Raven to share his top collecting picks.

Out of the eight eclectic artworks selected by Barkley, Olsen Irwin’s ceramic artist, Prue Venables work Black Group was listed as his top collectors pick.

Prue Venables works within the ceramics studio tradition and these works exemplify that. They are for contemplation, not use, but you could use them if you wanted to and that tension makes them great.’

Prue is an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. Her fine porcelain objects have been collected by many National and International private and institutional collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum Auckland, National Gallery of Victoria and  Powerhouse Museum.

Black Group is available for sale at the Olsen Irwin main gallery located at 63 Jersey Road, Woollahra 2025.

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12.5 x 19 cm & 19 x 12 x 8 cm
2012

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08/20/14

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott | Newcastle Art Gallery

Legacy: A tribute to Marea Gazzard & Gwyn Hanssen Pigott is a tribute to Marea Gazzard (AO, CBE) and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott who both sadly passed away in 2013. In respect to these important artists, Newcastle Art Gallery pays homage to their collective talent with a selection of works from the 1960s to 2013, that include works from private and public collections.” – Newcastle Art Gallery

Legacy
A tribute to Gwyn Hanssen Pigott and Marea Gazzard
23 August – 16 November 2014

Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street
Newcastle NSW 2300

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‘At The Gates’, 2003, dimensions variable, 13 pieces glazed Limoges and Southern Ice porcelain – Image courtesy Brian Hands

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

05/23/14

Prue Venables | Manly Art Gallery

Prue Venables work is currently on show at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum’s exhibition The Course of Objects: The Fine Lines of Inquiry.

“This exhibition aims to examine recent ceramic practice in Australia which pursues particular lines of inquiry, or embodies pertinent ideas.  In the spirit of unravelling associations between objects or ideas, the curator and the artists consider the possible transient affinities and correspondences between selected works to evoke connections, references, repetitions, echoes, resemblances, distilled moments, or the realm of metaphor.” – Manly Art Gallery and Museum

The Course of Objects: The Fine Lines of Inquiry
2 May – 8 June 2014

Manly Art Gallery and Museum
West Esplanade
Manly NSW 2095

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Prue Venables, White large oval bowl, 2012, Porcelain, hand thrown and altered, height 18cm x length 30.5cm x w 24cm

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Manly Art Gallery, The Course of Objects: The Fine Lines of Inquiry. Image courtesy of Vicki Grima, The Journal of Australian Ceramics

05/20/14

Stephen Bird | ARTAND Australia

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Stephen Bird, Loving Cup, 2009, clay, pigment and glaze, 40 x 31 x 20 cm

Stephen Bird has been included in ARTAND Australia’s So hot right now? Contemporary ceramics and contemporary art.

The article, by Glenn Barkley, discusses the resurgence of ceramics in contemporary art and it’s place in the contemporary art world. Barkley describes Bird’s career progression, from formal training as a painter, to his move into ceramics in the 1990’s. “… his work combining polished technical skill with wit and an element of the grotesque.” – Glenn Barkley, ARTAND Australia

Pick up a copy of ARTAND Australia to read the article.

04/22/14

Angus McDonald | Everyday Majesty

Olsen Irwin presents the upcoming exhibition Everyday Majesty, a show of new works by Angus McDonald (1961- ), inspired by the work of pre-eminent Australian ceramic artist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (1935-2013), running from 30 April to 17 May 2014. McDonald has long been renowned for his signature still life paintings of exacting composition and meticulous execution. His works elevate seemingly everyday objects – beakers, bottles and bowls – into beautifully orchestrated blocks of colour and form. Everyday Majesty will feature approximately 20 small works, from gouache studies to oil on linen paintings, examining the understated simplicity of still life and the work of Gwyn Hanssen Pigott. The exhibition will also feature Hanssen Pigott ceramics, including a large still life composition.

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Angus McDonald, Still Life II, 2014, Gouache on panel, 15 x 20cm

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott’s life was one of creating beautiful yet functional ceramics. From her earlier years making dinner sets, serving dishes and jugs, she later placed these into exacting still life groupings. It is these groupings that allow the viewer to delve further into the work, looking not only at the individual pieces, but the spaces between. We begin to see the subtle change in tone from inside to out, the translucency of the porcelain and the way light is either absorbed or reflected by the rounded surfaces. Hanssen Pigott’s work is an homage to restraint in its purest form. It is this inherent understanding of compositional balance, tone and light that unites the work of Hanssen Pigott and that of McDonald.

“I titled this show Everyday Majesty as a reflection on Gwyn Hanssen Pigott herself and the consistently sublime and beautiful catalogue of ceramic work she produced over her lifetime as one of this country’s significant artists.” – Angus McDonald, 2014

Angus McDonald
Everyday Majesty
Opening Saturday 3 May 2 – 4pm
Exhibition 30 April – 17 May 2014

Olsen Irwin
Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture
40 Queen Street
Woollahra NSW 2025

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Angus McDonald, Still Life I, 2014, Gouache on panel, 15 x 20cm

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Angus McDonald, Still Life III, 2014, Gouache on panel, 15 x 20cm

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Angus McDonald, Bowl I, 2014, Oil on linen, 30 x 30cm

Angus McDonald (b. 1961) is renowned for his exquisite oil paintings exploring the sublime. McDonald studied from 1993 to 1995 at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, winning the Brett Whiteley Scholarship in 1994. From 1995 to 2001 McDonald spent time in Europe, studying at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy and living in Leros, Greece. In 2006, McDonald visited Antarctica as expedition painter and photographer with the Mawson’s Huts Foundation. McDonald returned to Antarctica in 2008 as artist in residence with Aurora Expeditions. McDonald’s works have been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. Olsen Irwin director, Tim Olsen, has represented McDonald since 1996. Angus McDonald lives and works in Lennox Head, NSW.

Although Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (1935-2013) usually referred to herself as a potter, she is consistently recognised as one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists. Born 1935 in Ballarat, Victoria, Hanssen Pigott began a three-year apprenticeship with potter Ivan McMeekin in 1955. In 1958 Hanssen Pigott travelled to the UK where she worked with established English potters, Bernard Leach, Ray Finch, Alan Caiger-Smith and Michael Cardew. During this time she also established in her own studios in Notting Hill, London and rural France. Returning to Australia in 1973, Hanssen Pigott established a studio at Linden Rise in Tasmania. From 1981-88 she worked as the Potter-in-Residence at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Hanssen Pigott established a studio in Ipswich, Queensland in 2000, while continuing to engage in artist residency programmes in Japan and India. Hanssen Pigott passed away in 2013.

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Angus McDonald’s studio set-up featuring the work of Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, 2014

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Angus McDonald’s studio set-up featuring the work of Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, 2014
12/11/13

Prue Venables | Melbourne Now

Prue Venables work features in the exhibition ‘Melbourne Now‘ at National Gallery of Victoria running until the 23 March 2014. The exhibition celebrates the art, architecture, design and performance of Melbourne and has drawn record crowds, with 18 000 attending the opening weekend. The exhibition is a run away success, with the National Gallery of Victoria also acquiring some of Venables work for the collections.

“Born 1954, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom; lives and works in Melbourne. Prue Venables initially studied science, graduating with an honours degree in zoology from the University of Melbourne. She later discovered ceramics and studied for a Diploma of Studio Pottery at the Harrow College of Art, London. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Rex Irwin Fine Art, Sydney; Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne; Galerie Besson, London; and Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York. Prue is an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London.” – National Gallery of Victoria

Melbourne Now
22 Nov 2013 – 23 March 2013

NGV International
180 St Kilda Rd
Southbank Vic

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Federation Square Vic

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Celedon vessel and white sieve, 2012

09/5/13

Sandy Lockwood | 12th International Chawan Expo Taiwan

Sandy Lockwood will be taking part in the 12th International Chawan Expo in Taiwan. Blending and mixing Australian raw materials to make her own clay, Lockwood’s work is then wood fired and salt glazed. The contrast of earthy stoneware with refined porcelain showcases her craftsmanship and meticulous eye for detail.

12th International Chawan Expo
Dream Mall 806
Kaohsiung City Rd No 789
Taiwan
5 October – 20 October 2013

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08/30/13

Stephen Bird | The Scottish Gallery

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Stephen Bird, Acacia Creek, 2013, Clay, pigment, glaze, 32 x 26 x 14cm

My Dad was Born On The Moon‘ showcasing Stephen Bird‘s most recent body of works is currently on show at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh. The work details family tales of migration and separation between Chinchilla in regional Queensland, England and Scotland.

View the catalogue including an interview with Roger Law here.

The Scottish Gallery
16 Dundas Street
Edinburgh EH3 6HZ

My Dad was Born On The Moon
2nd August – 4th September 2013

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Stephen Bird, The Camp at Mt Kaputar, 2013, Watercolour on paper, 57 x 76cm