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John Olsen retrospective: Brimming with life and love

The Sydney Morning Herald
Hannah Francis
14 September 2016

If painting is dead, as some art critics say, nobody told John Olsen. "I'd like to know the time of death," he says with the brightest of glints in his eye. "I'm alive. So painting isn't dead."

At 88 years old and widely considered Australia's greatest living painter, Olsen is about to launch his largest ever retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria.

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The Sun King

The Weekend Australian
Ashleigh Wilson
10 - 11 September 2016

John Olsen's second major retrospective, 25 years after the first, is a landmark for our greatest living artist

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German Expressionist Prints: haunting images of war and decay

The Australian
Christopher Allen
11 August 2016

One of the best exhibitions in Sydney at the moment is to be found not in the big museums but at the Olsen/Irwin Gallery in a quiet street in Woollahra. It is the work of Rex Irwin and reminds us of the loss his imminent retirement will represent: apart from anything else, he has been one of the only Sydney dealers with the expertise and contacts to present fine prints and drawings from the baroque to the modernist periods....

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Guy Warren at 95: Genesis of an artist

Artist Profile
Steve Lopes
30 March 2016

Guy Warren has inspired many other artists with his inventive and curious approach to the landscape and human form. An Archibald Prize winner, educator and respected painter, his contribution to Australia’s visual culture has been enormous. At 95, Guy Warren is about to have a much awaited special focus survey curated by Barry Pearce.

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Julian Meagher - Drinking with the other Sun

Australian Art Collector
Camilla Wagstaff
May 2015

On the back of a sell out show at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles, Julian Meagher returns to his hometime of Sydney for his debut exhibition at Olsen Irwin, Drinking with the other Sun.
The exhibition extends on notions of ritual, identity and masculinity from previous bodies of work, exploring Australian identity and its emergence from imperial roots. A suite of still lifes feature robust native fauna juxtaposed by delicate images of the English rose - pointing to the British influence of our national identity- set in intricate compositions of meticulously arranged, reclaimed glass bottles.
The still lives are couples with portraits of the decedents of key figures in Australian history. Meagher’s soft, intimate approach to these works probes notions of personal versus collecting history and inheritance.
Meagher originally trained as a doctor, choosing to leave the world of medicine to pursue a career in art following a period of study in Florence. His unique watercolour- esque style somewhat reflects the traditional oil portraiture techniques he learned at this time; he applied multiple thin glazes over many sittings. One can see elements of his original training too, in his precise execution and a careful, specimen-like treatment of his subjects.

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About Face

The Australian
Justin Burke
April 11-12th 2015

‘I have never feared failure,” says Anh Do, glancing up at one of his thick-layered paintings in his studio on the NSW south coast. “My father took us from Vietnam across to Australia — 40 people on a 9m-long fishing boat — and if he failed, 40 people including his wife and two baby children are dead. So I ask myself: if I fail at painting, are 40 people going to die? No? Then just move ­forward and have a go.”

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Scents, sights, sounds as artwork nurtures natural instincts

Sydney Morning Herald
Lachlan Bennett
05/02/15

Feeling alienated from the natural world, worn down by concrete, computers and cars? There's a term for that - Nature Deficit Disorder. And there's an immersive artwork for it, too.
Created by photographer Tamara Dean, Here and Now is an eerie installation that uses scents, sound and sight to immerse people in nature.
Although it is located in the dark Studio 1 of UNSW's Creative Practice Lab, Dean aims to transport audiences to a place of natural beauty, one far from our technologically obsessed society, and reconnect with their more primordial instincts.

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Visual Art - The Planner

Sydney Morning Herald - Spectrum
22-23/11/14

Stephen Ormandy's spatial and tonal sensibilities play out in a series of paintings and small digitally generated acrylic sculptures which are a three-dimensional expression of his works on canvas. Pictured is Unsquare Dance

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Art News

Vogue Living
Gallery Tour
5/11/14

Natural Geometry
Bold colour, intuitive composition and playful design are the hallmark elements of Stephen Ormandy's work. A collection of his new paintings, including Look Both Ways (2014), right, shows at Olsen Irwin gallery in Sydney from 18 November - 7 December. olsenirwin.com

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Previews - Stephen Ormandy

Art Guide Nov/Dec
Tracey Clement
1/11/14

As a descriptive term, abstract painting is a bit vague. After all, both Joan Miro and Jackson Pollock were abstractionists.  But Miro expresses an exuberant joie de vivre, while Pollock seems driven by a seething inner angst. If you had to place Australian artist Stephen Ormandy on Team Miro or Team Pollock, the choice would be clear. Ormandy’s abstraction is uplifting. His colourful canvasses are full to bursting with an almost irrepressible cheer.

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Claudia Karvan steps in as Noah Taylor acts up

The Sunday Telegraph
Elizabeth Fortescue
8 June 2014

With his new film Edge of Tomorrow screened across Sydney this week, and his art exhibition opening yesterday in Woollahra, all that’s missing of Noah Taylor is the man himself.

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Sketching the drama

Spectrum - SMH
Andrew Taylor
May 3-4 2014

It began, like many artistic endeavours, in Paris. The city where Samuel Beckett wrote En Attendant Godot in 1948, which he translated into Waiting for Godot and later premiered at the Theatre de Babylone in 1953, would draw artist Nicholas Harding into that absurdist drama six decades later.

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Save the date

Sydney Magazine
Elissa Blake
30 July 2013

Painter, sculptor and installation artist Anthony Lister's art practice straddles two worlds. The first is the shadowy world of street art, of which he is an acknowledged master among those in the know. The second is that of London's white-cube art galleries, where he's regarded as one of the most sought-after young artists after being named among Australian Art Collector magazine's "Top 50 Most Collectable" list in 2010 and 2011. Originally from Brisbane, Lister grew up immersed in skateboard culture and, like his friend Banksy, he makes a point of leaving large-scale artworks in public spaces when he visits a city.

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Paul Ryan 'Wild Colonial Boys' at Olsen Irwin

art ALMANAC
July 15th, 2013

Ryan, who has been nominated 10 times for the Archibald Prize, as well as several nominations for the Wynne and Sulman Prize, is one of Australia’s most prominent painters, having had regular solo exhibitions since 1988. He was the winner of the 2010 Paddington Art Prize for landscape.

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Life, captured

Australian Financial Review
Lisa Carapiet-Fanous
June 7 2013

Paul Davies is not interested in painting people. Instead, architecture and landscapes are the stars of his work, but that doesn’t mean his paintings lack life.

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Beaux Arts

Vogue Living
June 2013

After a three month residency at Paris's Cite Internationale des Arts, Sydney-based artist Paul Davies is returning to Australia with a new exhibition. Davies used stencil and other techniques to create Flattening Sublime, a series of studies of Le Corbusier's modernist icon Villa Savoye in Poissy, France. Olsen Irwin Gallery, Woollahra NSW 5-23 June; olsenirwin.com

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Smoking Guns

Sydney Morning Herald
John McDonald
Saturday 7th December 2012

... John Walker, showing at the Tim Olsen Gallery, is not to be confused with John R. Walker, who recently had an impressive show of landscape paintings at Utopia Art. This John Walker is an Englishman who was formerly the head of the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne, and now lives and works in Boston.

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John Walker's Licentious Landscape

Art Info
Nicholas Forrest
December 6 2012

After the sell-out show of works by American painter Jan Franks, Tim Olsen Gallery has managed to latch on to the work of another incredible international artist in the form of English Born, American based abstractionist John Walker.

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Right Now Art - Colour Block

Belle Magazine
Anne Maree Sargeant
Nov 2012

Stephen Ormandy's work is reminiscent of art icon John Coburns' though his use of colour and form (left) has become as identifiable as a signature. Stephen, who co-founded Dinosaur Designs with Louise Olsen and Liane Rossler while the trio were still art student,s will follow up his 2010 sell-out exhibition with another show at Sydney's Tim Olsen Gallery from November 7-25. timolsengallery.com

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A Burst of Colour

A Magazine
24 October 2012

Marisa Purcell's exhibition at the Tim Olsen Gallery in Woollahra, is on until the 4th of November. Her works could be described on the one hand, as mesmerising in their style, and on the other hand the colours are wonderfully vibrant and fresh.

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