08/21/19

MICHELLE CAWTHORN | FLOW Wollongong Art Gallery National Contemporary Watercolour Prize 2019

Congratulations to Michelle Cawthorn who has been selected for the FLOW Wollongong Art Gallery Contemporary Watercolour Prize.

Michelle Cawthorn, Garden at Manchester Road, 2019
acrylic, watercolour, Indian ink, white gauche, graphite and archival pen on Hahnemüle paper
79 x 108 cm

 

FLOW Contemporary Watercolour prize is a biennial acquisitive competition open to artists from around Australia.

The prize aims to encourage innovation and experimentation in watercolour painting, including works on paper in watercolour, acrylic, gouache, pen and ink, and watercolour mixed media.

 

For more information on visiting the exhibition click here.

 

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08/16/19

Alan Jones winner of Cicada Press Award at 2018 Paddington Art Prize leads to a new body of work at Olsen Annexe

 

 

OLSEN Gallery artist Alan Jones was the winner of the 2018 Cicada Print Award as part of the prestigious Paddington Art Prize. This recognition has sparked inspiration for a new body of etchings that will be shown in the OLSEN Annexe this November.

Alan Jones
OLSEN Annexe, 1 – 16 November 2019
Opening: Saturday 2 November, 2-4pm

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08/10/19

Jacqui STOCKDALE | Bowness Photography Prize Finalist

Congratulations to Jaqui Stockdale. Duel of the Mount 1 has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Bowness Photography Prize 2019, held at the Monash Gallery of Art.

Duel of the mount 1  2019
from the series Ghost Hoovanah
chromogenic print
140.0 x 110.0 cm

The Bowness Photography Prize has become an important survey of contemporary photographic practice and one of the most prestigious prizes in the country, providing Australian artists with the opportunity to exhibit at one of Australia’s leading public galleries. Since 2017 the prize has been acquisitive and the $30,000 cash prize awarded to the winner ensures that it continues to provide a significant boost to an artist’s career. The Sotheby’s Australia People’s Choice Award has been doubled this year from $2,500 to $5,000.

This year’s judging panel consisted of MGA Director, Anouska Phizacklea, Director of Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Chris Saines and acclaimed artist Dr Christian Thompson AO.

The shortlist for the 2019 Bowness Photography Prize reveals artists’ continued fascination with exploring and pushing the boundaries of the photographic medium, embracing its capacity to explore a diversity of voices and perspectives.’ -mga.org.au/bowness-prize/2019-info

Jacqui’s current exhibition All the Rivers Run is at the Olsen Annexe until August 17, 2019.

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08/7/19

PHILJAMES | Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2019 Finalist

Congratulations to Philjames who have been selected for the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2019.

With prize money totalling $26,000, the Award showcases outstanding art created with paper. Artists compete for the $15,000 major award; the Young & Early Career Artist and the Friends of Hazelhurst Local Artist Awards ($5,000 each); and the People’s Choice Award ($1,000), plus the Hazelhurst Preparator’s choice Residency Award.

 

 

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08/6/19

Soho House | ‘off the wall with Paul Davies’

To read the full article on Paul Davies click here.

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08/2/19

Chris Langlois ‘Eucalyptus Camaldulensis 9’

Chris Langlois’ painting, Eucalyptus Camaldulensis 9, 2018 features in the June Issue of Belle Magazine.

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08/2/19

Zoe Young | Better Homes and Gardens

How to paint a still life

Tara Dannis travels to the stunning Southern Highlands of NSW to catch up with award-winning artist Zoe Young, a two-time Archibald Prize finalist.

Visiting artist, Zoe Young: Part 2

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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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