Olsen Irwin are proud to announce Anh Do‘s first solo exhibition with the gallery in 2015.
Mentored by Olsen Irwin artist Paul Ryan, Do has been honing the painting skills he originally learned while studying fine arts at TAFE. Do explains his journey in the Sydney Morning Herald – “After school I wanted to become a painter, but I got into law. So I did a law degree and a fine-arts course at TAFE simultaneously. Then I became a comedian. But recently I’ve been getting back into painting…”
His mentorship with Paul Ryan began after Do saw Ryan’s work at his local butcher. “I’d started getting serious about art again, and I thought, “I want lessons from this guy.” I looked him up on the internet and he’s a 10-times Archibald finalist. When I rang him, he told me his wife was reading my book. I’d come to his studio and we’d paint for hours. I stopped getting lessons after about a dozen, but Paul would call and say, “Come and paint some more.” We just enjoy each other’s company.” – Anh Do
Do and Ryan entered the Bay of Fires Art Prize together, with Paul Ryan winning the award and Anh Do being named as a finalist. Read more about Paul Ryan and Anh Do’s relationship here in the Sydney Morning Herald.
“It took me 10 years to get a gallery as good as Olsen Irwin, and Anh has secured a show having only been painting seriously for 12 months. But he’s been given it because his work is good enough.” – Paul Ryan.
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Anh Do, Wombat Man, 2013, 122 x 92cm