04/17/14

Paul Davies | The Design Files

The Design Files takes us inside the Sydney home and studio of artist Paul Davies and wife Sarah. The small home is filled with an exceptional art collection, including works by other Olsen Irwin artists; Andy Taylor, Michael Johnson and Tim Summerton.

“Paul and Sarah’s apartment proves a theory I have long held, which is that bold and even quite large scale artworks are surprisingly well suited to small spaces, often making rooms feel even bigger / grander than they would with bare walls” – Lucy Feagins, The Design Files

“One particularly treasured piece is a beautiful painting by Andy Taylor which hangs in the couples’ bedroom. ‘All the art we collect is special to us, however our family and friends gave Sarah and I an Andy Taylor painting as a wedding gift!’ says Paul.  ’Andy is one of our favourite artists, and the work reminds us of all the important people in our life’.” – Lucy Feagins, The Design Files

Although the artist has recently relocated to the USA with wife Sarah, they do plan to return to Australia, and their home, in 2015. For more images and to read the entire post on The Design Files, click here.

Paul Davies available works can be viewed here on the Olsen Irwin website.

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Black and white abstract painting is by Paul Davies (acrylic on canvas, 2007), painting on right hand side is also by Paul Davies, entitled ‘Home in Blue Forest’ (acrylic on linen 2014). Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Bedroom dresser. Painting – ‘Outside: Afternoon’ by Andy Taylor, oil on canvas, 2011. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Artwork above couch – ‘Hanmer Springs and House’ by Paul Davies, pastel on paper artwork by Michael Johnson, cushions by Sixhands. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Paul hand cutting a stencil in the studio. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Paul’s studio desk. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Paul’s studio. Painting – ‘Home Built in Palms”, acrylic on linen, 2014 – for upcoming solo exhibition at Art District 13 Gallery, Delhi. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Portrait of Paul in his Surry Hills studio, located just a short distance from his home. Artwork behind is ‘Home and Pool’ by Paul, for an upcoming solo exhibition at Art District 13 Gallery, Delhi. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

04/14/14

Nicholas Harding | Studio Visit Q&A

In the second installment of our artist studio visit Q&A, Olsen Irwin Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture manager, Madeleine Brady, talks with Nicholas Harding.

HardingStudio_5blogMB: In search of Nicholas Harding’s studio I hurry along a Camperdown street of identical terrace houses. I spot a paint splattered curtain peeking through a door, the familiar smell of oil paint fills the air and I know I’ve arrived. Like the curtain, the clear plastic lining the studio walls is covered in brush marks and the colours of previous works, protecting the bright white walls beyond. I am greeted by Harding’s wife Lynne and given a quick tour of the modern loft terrace as Harding works vigorously on a large canvas. Although most recognised for his textural layers of oil paint, I am here to view the artist’s etchings and works on paper, hoping to fill the Olsen Irwin drawers with some new finds and familiar favourites.

Harding flips through large gouache works on paper. We come across portraits of friends and family, including Australian actor Hugo Weaving, Olsen Irwin artist Paul Davies and Harding’s wife Lynne. In the upstairs loft space we find small sketches from his 2013 residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and peruse the carefully organised drawers of etchings. I take with me some gouache studies of Parisian dogs and a bunch of etchings, including the 2001 etching of Harding’s Archibald Prize winning work ‘John Bell as King Lear‘.

Harding then riffles through the mountains of sketch books littering the studio floor – notebooks of exquisite handmade paper filled entirely with studies drawn of the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of the famed Samuel Beckett play ‘Waiting for Godot’. Harding will exhibit works from the ‘Waiting for Godot’ series at Olsen Irwin in May 2014.

MB:
Do you view your sketches and drawings as a part of your overall process or as works in themselves?
NH: They’re largely part of the overall process, of working things out but the ones that really hit the mark can exist as independent works.

photo-55MB: You are currently making a series of etchings from the ‘Waiting for Godot’ sketchbooks – how relevant are etchings to your artistic practice?
NH: These are my first since I did some etchings back in 2001-05 with Duckprint and Cicada Press. Working this time with Laura Jones at Legs Press. Etching is another way of drawing and with the Godot etchings it’s a way of developing some of the images from the sketchbooks. The first ones are faithful to the initial sketches but others were developed further. It’s exciting to see how the drawn mark in the soft ground will bite. Most of the plates had a few states of development but one plate came out of the first bite and was done.

HardingStudio_6blogMB: How did you get involved in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of ‘Waiting for Godot’?
NH: While I was artist-in-residence at the Cité des Internationales in Paris last year there was a ‘pop-up’ Globe theatre outside my studio window and I drew the actors while they waited for their cues and paced around outside. Hugo Weaving saw some of these drawings on Instagram and invited me to draw during STC’s rehearsals for ‘Waiting for Godot’ later in the year.

MB: What do you hope to achieve from your exhibition of works from the ‘Waiting for Godot’ series?
NH: With any series the hope is to create some exciting and engaging work, to communicate my response to something which excites me. I just feel compelled to draw with something, with ink, paint, on an etching plate. It’s how I attempt to make sense of things. The arts are a way of entering into life and to collaborate with another art form, another means of expression, gets me out of my comfort zone and opens up other possibilities for my work.

HardingStudio_1blogHardingStudio_4blogMB: The theatre has been a reoccurring theme in your work, will we see more joint ventures with the Sydney Theatre Company in the future?
NH: There are a couple of productions later on this year I’d love to be able to attend and draw but it does depend very much upon our mutual schedules.

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Drawing Godot
7 – 25 May 2014

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025HardingStudio_7blogHardingStudio_2blogHardingStudio_8blog

04/11/14

Ann Thomson | ABC Radio National | The Masterpiece

Olsen Irwin artist Ann Thomson drops in this Saturday 12 April to ABC Radio National to talk about the of great Australian Indigenous painter, Yirawala. The Radio National programme hosted by Melanie Tait, allows a prominent Australian artist to discuss another artist’s work that has had a profound influence on them. Previous artists on the programme include Australian great John Olsen, singer songwriters Kate Miller-Heidke and actor Geoff Morrell. Listen to the segment with Ann Thomson this Saturday 12 April at 3:45pm.

The Masterpiece
Featuring Ann Thomson
ABC Radio National
3:45pm, Saturday 12 April 2014

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Artist Ann Thomson in her Waverly studio

04/9/14

Embers of Empathy | ABC News

ABC news has covered the Embers of Empathy auction, raising money for Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery, featuring the work of Olsen Irwin artists Paul Ryan, Sophie Cape and Nicholas Harding. The exhibition features 12 original works from 12 artists, created using the embers from the recent NSW bushfires. The auction will be held this Thursday 10 April at 6pm in the Paramount Building, 55 Brisbane Street, Surry Hills NSW.

Embers of Empathy
Thursday 10 April 6pm
RSVP by Monday 7 April to alexandra.mcdonald@bm.com

Paramount Building
55 Brisbane Street
Surry Hills 2010 NSW

04/8/14

Stephen Ormandy | Habitus Living

Habitus magazine’s Nicky Lobo takes us inside the home of Olsen Irwin artist Stephen Ormandy. Ormandy shares his home with wife Louise Olsen, cofounder of Dinosaur Designs together with Ormandy, and their daughter Camile. Lobo discusses Ormandy’s return to art after many years focusing on business and design.

“Some might say that Stephen’s recent refocusing on his own art practice is just as bold, but it’s ‘all one expression’ to him. The move is not exactly out of the blue – he is a trained artist deeply connected to the Olsen creative dynasty, which includes his partner, Louise, her brother, gallery owner Tim and their father, John.” – Nicky Lobo, Habitus

Read the entire article here on habitusliving.com

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Ormandy with one of his works. Image courtesy Chris Chen

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Details of Ormandy’s home. Image courtesy Chris Chen.

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Ormandy’s studio. Image courtesy Chris Chen.

04/1/14

Marisa Purcell | Inside Out Magazine

Below are some of the stunning images from Marisa Purcell‘s Bondi home in the latest issue of Inside Out magazine. The vibrant and colourful family home also houses a studio for Purcell as well as a studio for husband, Max Lyandvert, a composer and theatre director.

On the choice of colours in her artwork, Purcell says, “Colour is an instinctual thing for me. When I’m working on a painting, I tend to imagine the tones on the canvas and I see how they might sit before I do it. Other times I just go with the first colour that jumps into my head. It’s a mixture of considered thought and instinct.” – Marisa Purcell, Inside Out

Read the article and view more images of their beautiful home in the April issue of Inside Out – out now.

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03/27/14

Guy Maestri | Outpost

With Guy Maestri’s exhibition Outpost officially opening at Olsen Irwin last night, we take a look at the process involved in making the stunning en plein air works and studio still life studies. Through Maestri’s instagram we see his outdoor studio set up in and around the remote New South Wales town of Hill End. Maestri examines the area’s history, emerging as a gold mining town during the gold rush of the 1850s, and the desperate and brutal life that must have faced the early settlers of that era.

“I focused on the remnants that persist in the landscape, that offer a glimpse into the harsh reality of that time, and of the slow process of regeneration.” – Guy Maestri

Guy Maestri
Outpost
26 March – 13 April 2014

Olsen Irwin
Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025

Guy Maestri‘s new works from the exhibition Outpost can be viewed on the Olsen Irwin website here.

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03/17/14

Julian Meagher | Belle Magazine

Julian Meagher features in this month’s Belle Magazine. Meagher joined the Olsen Irwin stable in December 2013 and will have his first solo exhibition with the gallery in 2015. Meagher’s available works can be viewed here on our website.

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Julian Meagher, Gin Act 1736, 2013, Oil on linen, 137 x 182cm

03/11/14

Camie Lyons | Bull Bay Artist Residency and Workshop

Take part in a workshop held by Camie Lyons and Joanna Logue at the Bull Bay Artist Residency Workshop on Tasmania’s Bruny Island. The workshop will focus on working en plein air in both 2 and 3D formats. Running from April 12 to 13 2014, the workshop will also include dinner with the artists and accommodation in nearby cottages on the beautiful Bruny Island. The Bull Bay Artist Residency studio is located on North Bruny, with an outlook over Bull Bay, Storm Bay and Iron Pot Lighthouse – an inspiring landscape for any artist or creative mind.

Bull Bay Artist Residency Workshop with Camie Lyons and Joanna Logue
12 – 13 April 2014
‘Roseville’
401 Bruny Island Main Road
Bruny Island, Tasmania 7150

Contact Jane Wilson at the Bull Bay Artist Residencies for more information – jane@bullbay.com.au
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Camie Lyons, Pretty Little Basket Case. 2013, Bronze, 38.5 x 40 x 24cm

 

02/26/14

Olsen Family | Vogue

For Vogue Australia‘s March 2014 Fashion Meets Art issue, Jane Albert sat down with John, Tim and Louise Olsen to discuss a life firmly routed in the arts.

‘John Olsen is one of our greatest living artists, so it comes as no surprise that his children have inherited his creativity.’ – Jane Albert, Vogue Australia

With Tim Olsen having forged a successful career as a gallerist and director of Olsen Irwin and sister Louise Olsen founding Dinosaur Designs together with husband and Olsen Irwin artist Stephen Ormandy – the Olsen siblings have well and truly earned their spot as part of Australian arts royalty.

Beautifully captured by photographer Hugh Stewart at John Olsen‘s home in Bowral, NSW, the siblings discuss their unusual upbringing surrounded by some of Australia’s most famous creative forces such as Barry Humphries, Robert Hughs Brett Whitely and Donald Friend.

Pick up a copy of Vogue’s March issue to read the article.

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