10/22/19

Fisher’s Ghost Art Award 2019

OLSEN Gallery congratulates Fischer’s Ghost Art Award finalists Michael Cusack, Michelle Cawthorn and Leila Jeffreys.

Exhibition: Saturday 26 October – Thursday 5 December
Official opening night and award announcement: Friday 1 November, 6pm

Fisher’s Ghost Art Award is an annual art prize inviting artists to submit works in a variety of artistic categories and mediums. With a total of $38,000 in prize money to be won, the Open section is acquisitive to the Campbelltown City Council collection and is valued at $25,000.

The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award coincides with Campbelltown’s annual Festival of Fisher’s Ghost. Held over 10 days, the Festival dates back to 1956 and celebrates Australia’s most famous ghost – Frederick Fisher.

In the past the Open Award has been awarded to some of Australia’s most respected contemporary artists including Elisabeth Cummings, Khaled Sabsabi, Justene Williams, David Bromley, Marion Borgelt, Raquel Ormella, Philip Wolfhagen, Tina Havelock Stevens and most recently Brian Fuata.

Key Dates

Entries Open Monday 1 July
Entries Close Wednesday 4 September at 4pm
Finalists Announced Monday 30 September
Official Opening Night and Award Announcement Friday 1 November, purchase tickets here
Exhibition open to the public Saturday 26 October – Thursday 5 December 2019

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10/22/19

Threads Through Art: Australian Tapestries | John Olsen at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

 

Threads Through Art: Australian Tapestries is a celebration of Australian art through the tapestry medium. Swiss architect and artist Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret) famously described tapestries as murals of our time with the advantage being portable. Enthusiasm for the tapestry medium emerged in Australia through exposure from touring exhibitions such as Contemporary French Tapestry (1956), Aubusson Tapestries (1966), 17th & 18th Century French Tapestries (1971) and, most recently, The Lady and the Unicorn (2018). Artists including Margo Lewers, John Coburn, Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan and Charles Blackman collaborated with weavers and tapestry workshops in France and Portugal.

Since its inception in 1976, the Australian Tapestry Workshop (formerly the Victorian Tapestry Workshop) and its talented weavers have collaborated with numerous highly regarded Australian artists, transforming their artworks into thread. A selection including Richard Larter, Janet Laurence, Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Nell, David Noonan, John Olsen, William Robinson, Gareth Sansom, Luke Sciberras, Arlene Textaqueen and John Wolseley feature in this survey.

This exhibition is developed with Australian Tapestry Workshop and will feature tapestries from public and private collections across Australia.

A BRAG exhibition curated by Emma Collerton

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10/22/19

Hollywood Reporter ‘First Look inside soho warehouse in downtown LA’

“The membership club’s third West Coast outpost offers a gym, bedrooms and — at long last — a rooftop pool.

Soho House members will finally be able to bask by the pool in Los Angeles or stay the night at their favorite hangout. The exclusive club is drawing back the curtains on its third West Coast location, known as Soho Warehouse, in downtown Los Angeles. With it comes three new additions not available at its other L.A. outposts: bedrooms, a rooftop pool and a gym…

Australian artist Paul Davies, now based in L.A., created this large-format painting for the top floor. To the left hangs a photograph of the artwork in progress that shows Davies’ feet to capture the artistic vibe of the venue.”

 

To read the full article click here.

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10/2/19

John Olsen Featured in Good Food Guide | Good Food In Pictures

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09/20/19

Mclean Edwards | Winner of 2019 King’s School Art Prize

OLSEN Gallery congratulates McLean Edwards, winner of this years prestigious King’s School Art Prize with Dining In, 2019 (pictured).

Now in its twenty-fifth year, The King’s School Art Prize has been awarded to some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists.

The King’s Art Prize is a $20,000 acquisitive award presented to the artist judged the best contemporary artwork, created by an artist resident in Australia and represented by a commercial gallery, supporting both the artists and the fine arts industry. Entry is by invitation only and the finalists are selected by an appointed Art Prize panel.

Congratulations to OLSEN Gallery artists Chris Langlois and James McGrath who were also selected as finalists in this years prize.

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09/20/19

Mosman Art Prize | finalists sally anderson, philjames, matthew johnson and james mcgrath

 

OLSEN Gallery congratulates Sally Anderson, Philjames, Matthew Johnson and James McGrath on their selection as finalists for Mosman Art Prize, 2019.

Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious local government art award. It was founded by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman Allan Gamble, at a time when only a small handful of art prizes were in existence in Australia and the community had very little support and few opportunities to exhibit their work.

As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary Australian art, reflecting all the developments in Australian art practice since 1947. Artists who have won the Mosman Art Prize include Margaret Olley, Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Elisabeth Cummings, Adam Cullen, Michael Zavros and Natasha Walsh.

 

The Mosman Art Prize will run from Wednesday 11 September – Sunday 27 October at Mosman Art Gallery.

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09/20/19

Bo Droga | Award Winning Public Artwork ‘Miami Dominoes’

 

OLSEN GRUIN artist Bo Droga is behind the award winning public artwork Miami Dominoes. The piece has had overwhelming positive responses:

Daiana Rocha (Emmy Award winning journalist): “Miami Domino will soon turn into an iconic symbol of Miami. The kind of art that will be used as a landmark to reference our city all around the world. It represents Miami in so many implicit ways that is impossible to go unnoticed.”

Luis Hernandez WLRN’s Sundial: “Miami Dominoes has touched the soul of Miami”

My South Florida Today. “This is why local public art is so important. We all love dominoes. Thank you for this lovely installation”

John Edward Smith Publisher of South Miami Magazine: “Miami Dominos gives life to a barren urban landscape seen for over 35 years and foreshadows the creative possibilities coming with The Underline. It is truly an exhilarating and refreshing public art installation.”

You can read more about the process and kickstarter project here.

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09/20/19

Art Collector | Giles Alexander Joins Olsen Gallery

 

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09/14/19

Luke Storrier | Finalist in Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

 

Congratulations to Luke Storrier who has been selected as a finalist for the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize for his work Burnt Stick, 2019, mixed media, 17 x 38.5 x 11 cm (pictured).

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, today announced 43 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 19th annual Prize and exhibition. The 2019 finalist group includes artists from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom highlighting the Prize’s growing international reputation.

The innovative submissions – each for a freestanding sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension – were selected from 634 entries by a judging panel comprised of Professor Ross Harley, Dean of the Faculty of Art & Design and UNSW Chair of Arts and Culture, Louise Herron AM, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Opera House, and Design and Architecture advocate, broadcaster, author and comedian, Tim Ross.

You can visit the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize:
12 October – 3 November 2019
Weekdays: 9am – 5pm
Weekends: 10am – 4pm

Woollahra Council
536 New South Head Road, Double Bay, NSW

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09/14/19

The Lives of Celestials | John Young Zerunge at Hawthorn Arts Centre, Melbourne

 

 

Artist John Young Zerunge invites us on a journey into the lives of significant figures of the Chinese diaspora in Australia, exploring important events in Chinese-Australian history from the 1840s onwards. Re-interpreted memories are distilled into large-scale installations of chalk drawings, photographs, video works and paintings.

A culmination of 3 recent History Projects by the artist, this exhibition reflects on the forces of survival, memory and otherness that continue to shape Australia’s contemporary social context.

The Lives of Celestials is on display at Hawthorne Art Centre Sat 31 August 2019, until Sun 20 October 2019.

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