Stephen Ormandy and Louise Olsen are showing at Newcastle Gallery from 17 November 2018 – 17 February 2019.
OLSEN ORMANDY: a creative force features individual pieces from each artist alongside pieces made in collaboration from the artists’ substantial archive as well as new, large scale paintings and sculptural installations made especially for this exhibition.
‘I have a fascination with balance and the relationship between being bold and the sensitivity of the delicate. I’m constantly inspired by nature; there is a something beautiful about the time things take to evolve and perfect in the natural world. Resin, one of the materials we have worked with in this exhibition has a wonderful viscous fluidity that allows us to cross the boundaries of sculpture and painting, which are very tactile, like three-dimensional poems that can be read by touch. Our creativity is still informed by our love of art, with curiosity and imagination at its core.’
Throughout the exhibition organic shapes and sensuous, earthy forms that recall Australia’s fauna and flora sit alongside large-scale paintings creating a rich visual poetry in a spectrum of lush shades.
‘My work is born of the subconscious mind. I’m looking for vibration and rhythm, the play of line creating positive and negative space, searching for tonal balance through contrast or harmony, while developing chroma relationships that hug or repel.’
Congratulations to Michelle Cawthorn for being selected as a 2019 Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence.
The Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program is open to professional artists and thinkers from all disciplines, individually or in groups. The residency is hosted in a purpose-built studio in Shoalhaven River on the south coast of New South Wales. Each year around 350 artists are chosen for the Residency program.
Congratulations to Michelle Cawthorn for being selected as a finalist for the 2018 inaugural Splash McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery in Victoria.
Held every three years, the inaugural $30,000 Splash: McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award has been established to showcase Australian artists who work in the medium of watercolour. It is an acquisitive award enabled by the Fornari Bequest, by the Will of the late Lena May Fornari, and is a legacy of her support of the arts in Victoria. Lena May was an ardent collector of watercolours and the first acquisitions through this Bequest were significant watercolour paintings. Continuing this tradition, Splash presents the work of contemporary Australian artists who use this medium in highly accomplished and innovative ways:
pen, watercolour, graphite, white gouache, liquid graphite, indian ink, acrylic on paper
79 x 79cm
1 December 2018 to 17 March 2019
Congratulations to Michelle Cawthorn for being selected as a finalist for the 2018 Fischer Ghost Award.
The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award is now in its 55th year and has over $30,000 in prize money. The Award coincides with Campbelltown’s annual Festival of Fisher’s Ghost.
The Bubbler – Jackpot 2018
pen, watercolour, graphite, white gouache, iquid graphite, Indian ink and acrylic on Hahnemühle paper
158 x 216 cm
Hazelhurst Arts Centre exhibtion ‘Weapons For The Soldier’ is a groundbreaking exhibition initiated by the young men of the APY Lands, bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian artists to examine complex themes of weaponry, warfare, and protecting land and Country.
Find the full catalogue here.
acrylic on linen
167 x 198 cm
OLSEN gallery wishes to congratulate the Ken sisters, Freda Brady, Maringka Tunkin, Sandra Ken, Tjungkara Ken and Yaritji Young for winning the peoples choice award in the 35th annual Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory.
“NATSIAA have enriched the lives of generations of patrons and supporters by showcasing work that carries its own unique pulse and power. This work contributes to our deeper-understanding of our indigenous culture and Australian society through the sharing of art and ideas. There is no doubt the NATSIAA now have an unstoppable momentum and a global audience and Telstra is extremely proud to be involved.”
– Andy Penn, CEO Telstra
The Ken sisters, individually and as a collaborative, have a number of works in the current OLSEN exhibition NGANAMPA NGURA KURUNJARA – THE PLACE OF OUR SPIRIT which runs until the 18th of November.
Seven Sisters, 2018
synthetic polymer paint on linen
200 x 300cm
The judging panel included: Samantha Meers, Art Gallery of New South Wales trustee; Natalie Wilson, curator of Australian and Pacific art at AGNSW; and director of S.H Ervin Gallery Jane Watters.
“The Portia Geach is vital for female artists across the country and has provided a much-needed platform to display the work of young, emerging artists alongside that of established painters whose work I greatly admire. The award gives me the support to progress my artistic practice and I look forward to creating my next body of work.” – Zoe Young
Works by all 50 finalists are on view at the S.H. Ervin Gallery until 2 December.
See the winning work below.