Referencing her existing body of work and drawing on the collection’s Memphis Milano inspired palette, Claudia created a geometric adhesive that illuminated colour like a modernist cathedral.
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.
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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.
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.
“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.
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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.
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.