03/5/15

GO EAST bus tour

As Part of Sydney Art Month Olsen Irwin Gallery is playing host to the Go East Bus Tour.

The tour is designed to show off the Eastern Suburbs as an established arts precinct with tourers enjoying curated visits to three of the Eastern Suburbs more established galleries.

Visitors to the Olsen Irwin Gallery during this tour will be able to enjoy Sophie Cape‘s emotive show In The heart Of The Mountain Where No Words Are Spoken.

Confronting the precipice 2014

soil, ink, acrylic, oil and graphite on canvas
201 x 277cm

Tickets are $15 and include Afternoon Tea

7th of March, 2pm- 4:30pm

Book online here

03/4/15

Prue Venables – Top of Glenn Barkley's stockroom picks

Former Head Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Glenn Barkley was asked in an interview for Raven to share his top collecting picks.

Out of the eight eclectic artworks selected by Barkley, Olsen Irwin’s ceramic artist, Prue Venables work Black Group was listed as his top collectors pick.

Prue Venables works within the ceramics studio tradition and these works exemplify that. They are for contemplation, not use, but you could use them if you wanted to and that tension makes them great.’

Prue is an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. Her fine porcelain objects have been collected by many National and International private and institutional collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum Auckland, National Gallery of Victoria and  Powerhouse Museum.

Black Group is available for sale at the Olsen Irwin main gallery located at 63 Jersey Road, Woollahra 2025.

porcelain
12.5 x 19 cm & 19 x 12 x 8 cm
2012

$6,000

 

 

 

02/27/15

Ann Thomson | Freehand exhibition at the Drill Hall Gallery

A survey of recent paintings by Ann Thomson is currently on show at the Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra. ‘Freehand – Recent works by Ann Thomson’ exhibits paintings, mixed media collages and works on paper from the past seven years.

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Ann in her studio in Reims, France where she spent three months of 2014 on an artist’s residency

For an artist in her 80s, Ann’s work is remarkably youthful displaying a remarkable lightness of touch and gestural freedom. Her works have always been very generous, exuberance being as much an identifiable characteristic of the artist herself as much as it is of her paintings.

Indeed in his speech to open the exhibition, author David Malouf was quick to express his awe at the energy in each work, a testament to the energy of Ann and the vitality imparted upon each painting during the act of creation. And while her brush is loaded with an unbounded energy, her often overlooked collages embody a wondrous fascination with the world’s systems and the way they work, at once existing as reflections of the place in which Ann lives as well as evidence of a spirited inner logic.

Freehand (detail), 2014, acrylic on linen, 93 x 93cm

“Ann Thomson’s pictorial conceptions are characterised by their great vivacity. She has a remarkable feeling for pulse and rhythm, for dynamic energy unleashed into space.” – Freehand, recent works by Ann Thomson

As Terrence Maloon wrote in his foreword to the exhibition: ‘in 2008 one began to notice signs of change in her art – changes that could not be ascribed to the attrition of age. On the contrary: her paintings and drawings were growing conspicuously stronger, wilder and freer. To all intents and purposes, they had begun to grow younger.”

To coincide with this important exhibition, Olsen Irwin is exhibiting a small collection of works on paper at the works on paper gallery. These gouaches were all created last year, 2014 while Ann was on an artist’s residency in Reims, France. Their shifting forms are suggestive of aquatic bodies, something that Ann attributes to her morning swims.

Ann Thomson
Freehand – Recent works by Ann Thomson
19 February – 5 April 2015
Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley St Acton, 2601. ACT

Ann Thomson
Variations
Opening 28 February 2-4pm
Exhibition 25 February – 14 March 2015
Olsen Irwin works on paper, small paintings and sculpture
40 Queen St, Woollahra NSW

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.

05/30/13

Ann Fulwood brings the WAGS (Women's Art Group) to Paul Davies' Studio

Ann Fulwood, ex-sydney news reader brings her WAGS (Women's Art Group) to view Paul Davies' Studio this week.

Ann Fulwood, ex-sydney news reader brings her WAGS (Women’s Art Group) to view Paul Davies’ Studio this week.

 

Sydney based artist, Paul Davies, showcases work produced and inspired from his three month Paris residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, prestigiously awarded by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The exhibition, ‘Flattening Sublime,’ will open on Wednesday 5th, 6 -8pm and will run June 6th through June 23rd. Click here to view his exhibition on our website and here to read further about his upcoming show. The gallery will be previewing his works this weekend!

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