07/31/19

Luke Storrier | Good Weekend by John Mcdonald

“Some might think that to be the son of one of Australia’s most prominent painters – Tim Storrier – would be an advantage for an up-and-coming artist. Luke Storrier may see it differently.

The first problems are a burden of expectation and the need to distinguish himself from the old man. In Fine Line, his debut solo exhibition with Olsen Gallery, Luke has staked out very different territory to that inhabited by his father. He is, for starters, a lot messier and more spontaneous in the way he uses oil paint and found materials.

Some of his canvases are broadly expressionistic, and most contain items that disrupt the smoothness of the picture plane. His freestanding sculptures experiment with different approaches, mixing junk assemblage with Brancusian elegance. There’s even a bit of Christo-like wrapping.

The inspiration for this body of work was a depressing fortnight spent in drought-ridden Wilcannia, in regional NSW, making site-specific installations. Storrier felt he had to transform his experience of this barren land into something more positive. He gave himself the freedom to work in a more playful manner and found he was enjoying his time in the studio like never before.

The results are quirky and eclectic, showing signs of many different influences. The “fine line” of the show’s title could be the border between formality and randomness, with most pieces having an each-way bet.

Can I afford it?

This may be Storrier’s debut solo show but he has been making and selling work since he graduated from the National Art School in 2013, having won that year’s student sculpture award. His record price so far is $25,000, for a commissioned work made from copper. The most expensive piece in this show is the sculpture Burnt Totem (184cm x 30cm x 10cm) at $11,000. The cheapest is the abstract oil painting, Night Splat (18cm x 13cm) at $990.”

Where can I have a squiz?

Olsen Gallery, 63 Jersey Road, Woollahra, Sydney, until August 18; olsengallery.com.

 

To read the feature in full click here.

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07/31/19

Luke Storrier | Belle Magazine

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07/23/19

‘Still’ National Still Life Award 2019 | Finalists Michael Cusack and Stephen Bird

 

 

OLSEN Gallery congratulates Stephen Bird and Michael Cusack on their selection as finalists for ‘STILL’ National Still Life Award 2019.

Still is a biennial, acquisitive award for artworks in the genre of still life, in all mediums. The award is open to artists at all stages of their careers.

Still: National Still Life Award seeks to highlight the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice, broadening the interpretation and meaning of this enduring genre.

The Still exhibition opens on Friday 20th September 2019, with the official opening on Saturday 21st September, and runs until Saturday 16th November 2019 at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.

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07/17/19

works from olsen gallery at THE CULT CURATED EDITION BY INFINITE DESIGN STUDIO

 

Cult announces a new collaborative project – The Cult Curated Edition by Infinite Design Studio – a pop-up store taking place in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. The Queen’s Court pop-up will feature a highly curated selection of designer furniture from Cult’s most iconic brands.

Opening in mid-July, The Cult Curated Edition by Infinite Design Studio is a pop-up retail store featuring a selection of iconic Cult pieces, curated by Infinite Design Studio’s Michelle Macarounas.

In a larger scale extension to the already popular Curated Edition – Infinite Design Studio’s monthly in-studio curation of art and design – The Cult Curated Edition pop-up will be located just across the courtyard from Infnite Design’s Woollahra Studio.

The Cult Curated by Infinite Design features a number of works from the OLSEN Gallery stockroom.

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07/13/19

Zoe Young | 2019 Portia Geach Memorial Award Finalist

Off the back of winning last year’s Portia Geach Memorial Award, Zoe Young is a 2019 finalist with her work The Collectors (Suz & Paul Isherwood).

The Portia Geach Memorial Award is Australia’s most prestigious art prize for portraiture by women artists. Established by the will of the late Florence Kate Geach in memory of her sister, Portia Geach. The non-acquisitive prize is awarded by the Trustee for the entry which is of the highest artistic merit, ‘…for the best portrait painted from life of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences by any female artist resident in Australia during the twelve months preceding the close date for entries.’

The 2019 exhibition will run from August 2 to September 15, 2019 at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.

 

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07/13/19

Stephen Ormandy | Solo Exhibition in Paris

Stephen Ormandy presented an impressive solo exhibition titled Les formes sont des couleurs, at Galerie Bessieres in Paris.

‘By moving beyond a diametrical opposition between geometric and lyrical abstraction, Stephen Ormandy handles abstraction in a refreshing manner. The artist did not only pay constant attention to form and color, but also places value on emotional contact with people viewing his work. His approach represents an ideal equilibrium in painting today.’

 

Installation images from: https://www.bessieres-art-contemporain.com/from-may-16th-to-june-30th-stephen-ormandy-exhibition

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07/9/19

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Hosting Annual Melbourne Gala Dinner

 

The Brandenburg Orchestra will be hosting their annual Melbourne Gala Dinner on July 17 at the Metropolis on Southbank. The evening is one dedicated to fine dining, wine and splendid music, as well as the opportunity to support the orchestra and celebrate our many supporters.

The Brandenburg are delighted to include this stunning painting from Zoe Young as a part of our auction, the proceeds of which will go towards developing our artistic programs and furthering the orchestra in taking bold creative steps in 2020 and beyond.

We would like to offer audiences of the Olsen Gallery a 10% discount on our upcoming Fourth Season ‘Next Generation Baroque’ as a way of extending our thanks and appreciation to the gallery for their enduring support and partnership.

 

Terms & Conditions:

10% off Premium, A, B and C reserves for Sydney mainstage concerts only.

Valid until 12pm on the day of the performance during the week and Friday 12pm for the weekend performances. Conditions and Booking fees apply.

Bookings can be made via this link:

https://www.brandenburg.com.au/concerts/2019/next-generation-baroque/?promo=Olsen2019

Or by using the promo-code Olsen2019 on the phone or on our website.

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07/3/19

Stephen Bird | Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award

 

OLSEN Gallery congratulates artist Stephen Bird on his selection as a finalist in the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award. The finalist works will be on display at the Shepparton Art Museum until September, 2019. The Museum is located at 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton, VIC.

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