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Beyond the sexy blockbuster lies the truth

The Australian
Christopher Allen
4.9.2020

Contemporary art needs more work like this: eloquent but not reducible to convenient and approved formulas.

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Nicholas Harding Landscape and Birds

Art at work: Melinda Harper

Castlemaine Art Museum
June 2020

From exuberant and optical through to pensive and moody, Castlemaine based artist Melinda Harper’s abstraction is endlessly absorbing and uplifting. Inspired by her lived experience of the visual world, Harper’s small precise paintings, watercolours and embroideries are equally influenced by early 20th-century abstraction and mid-century modernists. We are delighted to say CAM is currently working with Melinda towards an exhibition at CAM in the not too distant future. Harper shares with us something of her working life in this email interview.

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Maroon 5’s Jesse Carmichael Keeps it Short and Sweet with Two-Minute Movies

KCET
July 2020

Participants can do as they like, but it can’t run longer than two minutes; that’s the idea behind 2 Minute Movies (2mm), a collective of filmmakers and artists founded in early 2019 by Maroon 5’s Jesse Carmichael. “The biggest takeaway from this period of isolation is just how important it is to have friends and family around to make things in life with; memories and art,” he tells “Southland Sessions.” Despite starting before the pandemic, the collective’s more recent videos reflect intimate portraits of the current moment.

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Art Talks: Paul Davies and Kate Bryan

Soho House
July, 2020

Join Head of Collections, Kate Bryan, as she talks to LA-based Australian artist, Paul Davies, about the painting he created for Soho Warehouse, now the largest work in the Soho House global collection.

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Home comforts Artists find solace in the everyday

Look Magazine
July 2017

For this issue, Look asked three regional New South Wales artists – John Bokor, Zoe Young and Kiata Mason – to create new works inspired by Henri Matisse’s concept of an art of ‘calme’ – art which translates an atmosphere of joy and peace. We asked the artists, known for their depictions of interiors, to explore the things which bring them comfort, solace and calm during our current times of uncertainty.



Together in art

Look Online
May 2020

When the world retreated indoors, the art world went online, with screens suddenly transformed from museum support act to main event. While restrictions have begun to ease, digital encounters remain a valuable point of contact and engagement. This guide to some of our favourite online connections ranges from the Gallery’s own Together In Art project to a virtual writers’ festival. We’ve also asked artists how they’d like to see things change when we come out the other side. ‘My hope is that technology will continue to break down barriers between audiences and the art world,’ artist Kim Leutwyler says. We couldn’t agree more.

 

The former Sulman and Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship finalist brings his loony toons mashups of the sacrosanct and slapstick to Olsen Gallery, 22 July–15 August.



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Philjames One Fine Day

You Me & Covid-19: Michelle Cawthorn and Peter Sharp

Art Collector
May 2019

The You, Me & COVID-19 series sees the region’s artists interviewed by the partners they’re sharing #iso with. Watch artists and partners Michelle Cawthorn and Peter Sharp in conversation from their home in the Sutherland Shire.

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2 Minute Movies Bridges Music and Filmmaking

Art & Object
Jordan Riefe
June, 2020

A new collaboration between Maroon 5’s Jesse Carmichael and artist Paul Davies connects visual art, music, and filmmaking.

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Re-imaginings: Nostalgia and cultural memory in the paintings of Dani McKenzie and McLean Edwards

andrewmcilroy.com
Andrew McIlroy
April 28, 2020

The packed dance floor each Thursday evening at the Rainbow Hotel in the hip inner-Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy was wedged between the corner of the bar and the heavy crimson drape masking the dimly lit entrance to the beer garden, the room thick with cigarette smoke, for the most part.

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Dani McKenzie Recognising Strangers

Jacqui Stockdale

Artist Profile
Nur Shkembi
February 2020

Melbourne-based artist Jacqui Stockdale works across photography, drawing, painting, collage and performance to explore the disparate and overlooked histories of Australia. Through archetypal characters, symbolism and carefully researched theatrical settings, costumes, and props including live animals, Stockdale focuses her lens on the female narratives of the past in the hope of shedding some light on the fraught issues of Australia as a nation in the present.

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Laura Jones 'Arcadia'

March 2020

Arcadia by Laura Jones opens at Glasshouse, Port Macquarie 6 March at 6pm. The exhibition will run from 7 March ?? 19 April 2020.

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Yaritji Tingila Young Is Leading The Way For The Next Generation Of Indigenous Artists

The Design Files
Sally Tabart
March 4 2020

Yaritji Tingila Young’s award-winning artwork is immediately captivating. She is a leader and director of Tjala Arts, an Aboriginal owned and governed business where truly incredible work is created. Stories and culture are passed down to the next generation here, and artists are able to generate income on their own terms. It’s such an important place for the community, and Yaritji Tingila is a huge part of that.

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My First Great Love

The Wentworth Courier
Tess Durack
27 February 2020

Dinosaur Designs' Louise Olsen first love was painting and she's preparing for her first solo show



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Louise Olsen Pollination

Paul Davies Works Aquired by Geelong Gallery

February 2020

Geelong Gallery have just acquired works from the series of sunlight photograms Paul Davies made on residency at the Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Westin Phoenix, Arizona.


These works were made outdoors under direct sunlight and have also been acquired by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park.



Louise Olsen to silence the naysayers with solo show

Sydney Morning Herald
Linda Morris
21 February, 2020

In art school, Louise Olsen kept herself in paints selling colourful t-shirts and resin jewellery at Paddington Markets, heeding the work ethic of her father, the celebrated artist, John Olsen whose creed was: "Be lovers, not others, be givers, not takers, us Olsens are workers."

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Louise Olsen Pollination

The Ned Kelly legend as you have never seen it

The Age
Nick Miller
February 21, 2020

You don’t get much more Australian than this. Ned Kelly’s girlfriend, riding Phar Lap, which has just deposited a pile of golden nuggets.

Melbourne artist Jacqui Stockdale gets that it’s funny. It’s intended to be.

 But look again, she says.

“I’ve called it Such is Love. She’s a message. I don’t want to use the word powerful. But it’s absurd. Ned Kelly’s absurd. This is summing up Australia.”

 

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The Office

Belle Magazine
February 2020



'The world's most hopeless art heist': Sydney artist's bushfire relief painting stolen

Sydney Morning Herald
Sally Rawsthorne
14/02/2020

A painting by a celebrated Sydney artist stolen from a Mascot business while the paint was still wet has been recovered.

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Geelong acquisition news

February 2020

Geelong Gallery have acquired works by Paul Davies from a series of sunlight photograms made on residency at the Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Westin Phoenix, Arizona.


These works were made outdoors under direct sunlight and have also been acquired by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park.




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Paul Davies West Site Stories

'The world's most hopeless art heist': Sydney artist's bushfire relief painting stolen

Sydney Morning Herald
Sally Rawsthorne
11/02/2020

A celebrated Sydney artist whose still wet painting was stolen from a business in Mascot last week hopes the thief is caught red-handed.

Painter Laura Jones had just finished an 81 x 61cm oil canvas of Australian native flowers that was to be auctioned for bushfire relief when she took it to a business in Mascot to be photographed ahead of the National Art School's Home: Bushfire Relief Art Auction Fundraiser on Wednesday.

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