08/21/14

Chris Langlois | Points in Time


Chris Langlois’ work is being celebrated with a major touring survey Points in Time now on the Gold Coast City Art Gallery. The exhibition was developed by Gippsland Art Gallery and Manly Art Gallery and Museum and has already toured four regional galleries in 2013 and 2014. Points in Time will be on show at Gold Coast City Art Gallery until 14 September and will then travel to Orange Regional Gallery in October 2014 for it’s sixth and final stop.

In the documentary above, Langlois shares his thoughts on his work and the exhibition – giving insight into his concepts, working process and studio.

Chris Langlois
Points in Time
Gold Coast City Art Gallery QLD:  2 August—14 September 2014
Orange Regional Gallery NSW:  3 October—16 November 2014

Olsen Irwin are currently showing an exhibition of Chris Langlois’ new work, Weather Systems. Please join us for the opening this Saturday 2-4pm at 63 Jersey Road, Woollahra.

Chris Langlois
Weather Systems
20 August – 7 September 2014

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025

08/14/14

Chris Langlois | Studio Visit

On a recent visit to Chris Langlois‘ studio we previewed his most recent work for the upcoming exhibition at Olsen Irwin, Weather Systems. Greeted by Langlois’ two bumbling pugaliers, Langlois shows us to his studio, adjoining his home in Sydney’s northern beaches. The works for the upcoming show are vast land-, sea- and skyscapes, meticulously painted in Langlois’ signature style.

“These paintings depict landscape that is emptied of persons and his objects, a world altered and neglected by man, an inverse romanticism. They are either placed in or on the edge of the emptiness or show it viewed from afar and explore the nothingness that depicts space. I prefer a landscape that is meloncholic, reflective of the human mind, a space that I create and that can be solitarily explored.

Painting for me involves landscape and I explore that theme, however, my use of landscape is not to depict place, rather, a tool or vehicle to draw the viewers’ own relationship with place. My paintings generally are cinematic, empty and vague so as to engulf the viewer. I wish to effect the viewer in the same way music washes over you and leads you through a maze of experience, not a literal journey, not a story, but an attempt to bring the viewer to an emotional state.

This exhibition is a continuation of those themes that I have explored, of painting landscape and depicting the space and the effect it has on us.”

LangloisStudio_May2014_6LangloisStudio_May2014_7About the artist:

Chris Langlois (b. 1969) is admired for his exquisite land and seascapes that are often described as embodying the sublime. Born in Gosford, he went on to study painting and drawing at the University of Newcastle. Langlois has widely exhibited since 1989 and has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on a number of occasions. In 1990 he was joint winner the Maitland Tertiary Art Prize at Maitland Art Gallery. In 2010 he won the prestigious Stan & Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize at the Gold Coast Art Gallery in Queensland, and earlier that same year was runner up of the Tattersall’s Landscape Art prize.

Over a 14 month period during 2013-2014, a major survey that exhibits the highlights over a ten year period between 2003 to 2013 is touring regional galleries throughout Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Points in Time features more than 30 works exploring Chris’s signature themes of the romantic, melancholy and beauty. Accompanying the exhibition is a 112 page book that illustrates the same period in more detail as well as essays by the curators Katherine Roberts and Simon Gregg.

His works form part of many important public and private collections both in Australia and internationally. Chris currently lives and works in Avalon, NSW.    LangloisStudio_May2014_9 LangloisStudio_May2014_10 LangloisStudio_May2014_11 LangloisStudio_May2014_12 LangloisStudio_May2014_13 LangloisStudio_May2014_16Chris Langlois
Weather Systems
20 August – 7 September 2014

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025

08/8/14

Paul Ryan | Mosman Art Prize Winning Artists in Conversation | Mosman Art Gallery

Paul Ryan will be talking this Sunday 10 August at 2pm at Mosman Art Gallery about his highly commended work in the, Mosman Art Prize Blue boy and dog. Ryan received the Commendation Prize for $5,000 from Mosman Art Prize sponsor Tim Cecil Jr of Henry Bucks.

“Mosman Art Prize winner, Michael Muir, Commendation Prize winner Paul Ryan and young emerging artist Eric Davidson Gluyas will come together to talk about their common experiences and aspirations associated with art prizes. They will also share insights into the nature of their practise and the stories behind their artworks.” – Mosman Art Gallery

Mosman Art Prize Winning Artists in Conversation
Sunday 10 August at 2pm

Mosman Art Gallery
Cnr Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Rd
Mosman 2088 Australia
Bookings for the event can be made by clicking here

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Paul Ryan, Blue boy and dog, 2014, Oil on linen, 102 x 102cm, Highly commended, Mosman Art Prize 2014

“The boy in Blue boy and dog is an appropriation of the famous Thomas Gainsborough painting The blue boy a portrait of Johnathan Buttall the son of his friend. It is likely that the painting is an example of homoerotic paintings of boys that were among the most desirable collector objects of the time. The theme of the painting is the transition from youth to manhood. My blue boy is removed from the dark brooding landscape and placed in a white void – a timeless space.

I am also interested in the transition of boy to man. My own son is 14 years of age.
In many ways we [men] are eternally negotiating this transition. Most of us never fully complete the journey, myself included for starters – we don’t want to go the distance. We can’t, won’t let go of youth. This painting is as much about my son’s transition to manhood, as my attempts to come to terms with being middle aged – not quite old, but no longer young.There is a power, a wonderful energy that grows in us in early manhood, it wanes but never dies. It is what drives us.

My blue boy has a companion dog, beast. Is it friend or foe? Will the dog guide him through the labyrinth, or tear him to shreds. I suspect it is a bit of both.” – Paul Ryan, 2014

03/17/14

Julian Meagher | Belle Magazine

Julian Meagher features in this month’s Belle Magazine. Meagher joined the Olsen Irwin stable in December 2013 and will have his first solo exhibition with the gallery in 2015. Meagher’s available works can be viewed here on our website.

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Julian Meagher, Gin Act 1736, 2013, Oil on linen, 137 x 182cm