10/2/14

Chris Langlois, Caroline Rannersberger and Paul Ryan | Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting

Work by Chris Langlois, Caroline Rannersberger and Paul Ryan will be included in an exhibition at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre. Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting, brings together 25 leading Australian painters in an investigation of landscape painting.

“For some of the artists, the subject of landscape originates from a cultural and spiritual attachment to place or an urban sensibility to a changing environment. While for others, the landscape provides a vehicle for the exploration of self, responses to the historical aspect of landscape and a relationship with nature.” – Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre

Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting
11 October – 30 November 2014
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, 782 Kingsway Gymea, NSW

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Caroline Rannersberger, Sunset Bay Towards Hartz, 2013, oil on belgian linen, 3 x 202 x 71cm

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Chris Langlois, Weather System (Tasman Sea) no.9, 2014, oil on linen, 137 x 122cm

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Paul Ryan, Sublime North Sublime South, 2014, oil on linen, 72 x 122cm

08/16/14

David Band | The Design Files

Pictured below we see the work of the late David Band featured in the stunning interiors from Australia’s favourite style blog, The Design Files. Band’s works bring a simple yet bold graphic element to any space, drawing the viewer in with the subtle and expert use of detail and texture. The wit and personality of the works lights up the interiors of any living space or gallery wall alike.

The work ‘Happiness’ takes pride of place in the founder of the The Design Files’, Lucy Feagins, home office. We also see the work of Band in the homes of some of Australia’s most celebrated artists and designers, such as Rachel Castle, Kirra Jamison and Dane Lovett, Mark and Louella Tuckey, Juliette Arent Squadrito and Matthew Squadrito as well as Natalie Bloom of Bloom Cosmetics. Click the images below to view complete house tours.

The work of the late David Band will be celebrated in an exhibition this October hosted by Olsen Irwin and Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane. Fiona Mahon, David’s partner, has curated this extensive exhibition held over two venues. Working closely with Fiona, the two galleries will be exhibiting paintings, monotypes prints and sculptures executed over a fifteen-year period.

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1 – 19 October 2014

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025

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Studio details including custom built table by Gordon Johnson, vintage Eames office chairs, ‘Happiness I’, 2010 limited edition print by David Band, artwork by Kate Tucker, Trashkova gold bin by Boqil, watermelon Olba side table by Jardan. Photo – Eve Wilson, styling / production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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‘Tomorrow Morning’ (study) by David Band. Photo – Phu Tang, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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David Band bottles painting. Photo – Sean Fennessy, Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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David Band trumpet print on rear wall. Photo – Sean Fennessy, Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Top Shelf – David Band Limited Edition Print from Olsen Irwin Gallery. Photography – Eve Wilson.

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All three three artworks by David Band. Photo by Sean Fennessy, production Lucy Feagins / The Design Files

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Artwork on left David Band. All photos by Daniel Mahon. Beautiful.

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Yellow print – ‘Scotch Schnapps’ by David Band. Black / white print to the left (detail) ‘A Night in Tunisia’ also by David Band. Production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

07/18/14

Mosman Art Prize 2014 | Finalists

Congratulations to Olsen Irwin artists Jo Bertini, Anh Do, Robert Malherbe, Angus McDonald, Caroline Rannersberger and Paul Ryan for selection as a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize. The official opening for the exhibition of the finalists works and the announcement of the winner will take place on the evening of Thursday 31 July 2014 at the Mosman Art Gallery.

“Now in its 67th year, the Mosman Art Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious municipally funded visual art prizes in Australia. It is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council.” – Mosman Art Gallery

Mosman Art Prize
26 July – 7 September 2014

Mosman Art Gallery
Cnr Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Rd
Mosman NSW 2088

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Paul Ryan, Blue boy and dog, oil on linen, 102 x 102 cm, 2014 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize

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Angus McDonald, Ray of Light, Oil on canvas, 75 x 125cm, 2014 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize

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Robert Malherbe, A Walk to the Gallery, Oil on linen, 66 x 56cm, 2013 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize

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Caroline Rannersberger, Towards Cloudy Corner, Oil on Belgian linen, 3 x [97 x 39.5cm], 2013 – finalist in the Mosman Art Prize

07/18/14

Ann Thomson | Direction Now | Glasshouse Regional Gallery

Ann Thomson’s work is currently on show in the exhibition Direction Now at Port Macquarie’s Glasshouse Regional Gallery. Direction Now features the work of ten contemporary Australian artists all exploring the visual language of abstraction. The exhibition is takes its title from the 1956 exhibition Direction 1 held at the Macquarie Galleries, Sydney. Direction 1 included the work of John Olsen, Robert Klippel, John Passmore, William Rose and Eric Smith and marked an important turning point in Australian abstract art. Direction Now explores a contemporary approach to abstraction and, “celebrates all aspects of abstraction including lyrical, gesture, texture and objectification as individual expression.” – Glasshouse Regional Gallery

Direction Now will also travel to The Town Hall Gallery, Lismore Regional Gallery and Caboulture Regional Art Gallery in 2014.

Direction Now
27 June – 3 August 2014

Glasshouse Regional Gallery
Corner of Clarence and Hay Streets
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

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Direction Now featuring the work of Ann Thomson

07/10/14

Archibald and Wynne Prize | Finalists

Olsen Irwin are proud to announce finalists for the 2014 Archibald and Wynne Prizes.

Finalists in the Archibald Prize include Olsen Irwin artists Paul Ryan, Alan Jones, Julian Meagher and Anh Do. Wynne Prize finalists include Guy Maestri and Robert Malherbe.

2014 marks the 11th time Paul Ryan has been hung as a finalist in the Archibald Prize. Alan Jones was also shortlisted in 2013 with a portrait of Pat Corrigan AM. Anh Do and Julian Meagher are first time finalists in 2014.

Robert Malherbe will be hung as a finalist in the Wynne Prize for the 4th time. This will be Guy Maestri’s third year in a row as a finalist in the Wynne Prize. The annual Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture.

Olsen Irwin would like to congratulate all finalists for this outstanding achievement. A full list of finalists can be viewed here on the Art Gallery of New South Wales website.

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Alan Jones, Adam, 2014, Oil and acrylic on linen, 171 x 156 cm – 2014 Archibald Prize Finalist

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Anh Do, Father, Oil on canvas, 2014, 244 x 200 cm – 2014 Archibald Prize Finalist

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Julian Meagher, John Waters – the clouds will cloud, 2014, Oil on linen, 71 x 55 cm – 2014 Archibald Prize Finalist

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Paul Ryan, Rox, 2014, Oil on linen, 240 x 200cm – 2014 Archibald Prize Finalist

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Guy Maestri, East west cutting, 2014, Oil on linen, 184 x 225 cm – 2014 Wynne Prize Finalist

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Robert Malherbe, The Domain after a storm, 2014, Oil on linen, 66 x 56cm – 2014 Wynne Prize Finalist

06/27/14

Jo Bertini | Anh Do | Paul Ryan | Percival Portrait Painting Prize

Jo BertiniPaul Ryan and Anh Do and have all been named as finalists in the 2014 Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize. The finalists’ work is currently being exhibited at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville until 13 July 2014.

Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize
Finalists’ exhibition
09 May – 13 Jul 2014

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Corner of Denham Street and Flinders Mall
Townsville QLD 4810

Jo Bertini, Explorers(Peter-&-Jhumpa), Oil on canvas, 122 x 112cm

Jo Bertini, Explorers – Peter & Jhumpa (The best legs in the desert), 2013, Oil on canvas, 122 x 112cm

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Anh Do, Ronnie, 2014, Oil on canvas, 152 x 122cm

Paul Ryan, Fieldsy, 2014, Oil on linen, 220 x 200

Paul Ryan, Fieldsy, 2014, Oil on linen, 220 x 200

06/19/14

Chris Langlois | The Gold Award | Rockhampton Art Gallery

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Chris Langlois, Weather System (St. Vincent Gulf) no.1, 2014, Oil on linen, 183×198

Congratulations to Chris Langlois for selection as a finalist in The Gold Award at Rockhampton Art Gallery, one of Australia’s richest contemporary painting prizes.

“The Gold Award is a national invitation painting award with an acquisitive cash prize of $50,000 made possible through a generous bequest from the Estate of Moya Gold.” – Rockhampton Art Gallery

The biennial event invites just 8 of Australia’s most highly recognised artists to partake as finalists for the award. The winner will be announced on 4 July 2014. Glenn Barkley, former senior curator at Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia will determine the winning entry.

The Gold Award
5 July – 31 August 2014

Rockhampton Art Gallery
62 Victoria Parade
Rockhampton Qld 4700

04/22/14

Angus McDonald | Everyday Majesty

Olsen Irwin presents the upcoming exhibition Everyday Majesty, a show of new works by Angus McDonald (1961- ), inspired by the work of pre-eminent Australian ceramic artist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (1935-2013), running from 30 April to 17 May 2014. McDonald has long been renowned for his signature still life paintings of exacting composition and meticulous execution. His works elevate seemingly everyday objects – beakers, bottles and bowls – into beautifully orchestrated blocks of colour and form. Everyday Majesty will feature approximately 20 small works, from gouache studies to oil on linen paintings, examining the understated simplicity of still life and the work of Gwyn Hanssen Pigott. The exhibition will also feature Hanssen Pigott ceramics, including a large still life composition.

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Angus McDonald, Still Life II, 2014, Gouache on panel, 15 x 20cm

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott’s life was one of creating beautiful yet functional ceramics. From her earlier years making dinner sets, serving dishes and jugs, she later placed these into exacting still life groupings. It is these groupings that allow the viewer to delve further into the work, looking not only at the individual pieces, but the spaces between. We begin to see the subtle change in tone from inside to out, the translucency of the porcelain and the way light is either absorbed or reflected by the rounded surfaces. Hanssen Pigott’s work is an homage to restraint in its purest form. It is this inherent understanding of compositional balance, tone and light that unites the work of Hanssen Pigott and that of McDonald.

“I titled this show Everyday Majesty as a reflection on Gwyn Hanssen Pigott herself and the consistently sublime and beautiful catalogue of ceramic work she produced over her lifetime as one of this country’s significant artists.” – Angus McDonald, 2014

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Everyday Majesty
Opening Saturday 3 May 2 – 4pm
Exhibition 30 April – 17 May 2014

Olsen Irwin
Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture
40 Queen Street
Woollahra NSW 2025

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Angus McDonald, Still Life I, 2014, Gouache on panel, 15 x 20cm

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Angus McDonald, Still Life III, 2014, Gouache on panel, 15 x 20cm

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Angus McDonald, Bowl I, 2014, Oil on linen, 30 x 30cm

Angus McDonald (b. 1961) is renowned for his exquisite oil paintings exploring the sublime. McDonald studied from 1993 to 1995 at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, winning the Brett Whiteley Scholarship in 1994. From 1995 to 2001 McDonald spent time in Europe, studying at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy and living in Leros, Greece. In 2006, McDonald visited Antarctica as expedition painter and photographer with the Mawson’s Huts Foundation. McDonald returned to Antarctica in 2008 as artist in residence with Aurora Expeditions. McDonald’s works have been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. Olsen Irwin director, Tim Olsen, has represented McDonald since 1996. Angus McDonald lives and works in Lennox Head, NSW.

Although Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (1935-2013) usually referred to herself as a potter, she is consistently recognised as one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists. Born 1935 in Ballarat, Victoria, Hanssen Pigott began a three-year apprenticeship with potter Ivan McMeekin in 1955. In 1958 Hanssen Pigott travelled to the UK where she worked with established English potters, Bernard Leach, Ray Finch, Alan Caiger-Smith and Michael Cardew. During this time she also established in her own studios in Notting Hill, London and rural France. Returning to Australia in 1973, Hanssen Pigott established a studio at Linden Rise in Tasmania. From 1981-88 she worked as the Potter-in-Residence at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Hanssen Pigott established a studio in Ipswich, Queensland in 2000, while continuing to engage in artist residency programmes in Japan and India. Hanssen Pigott passed away in 2013.

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Angus McDonald’s studio set-up featuring the work of Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, 2014

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Angus McDonald’s studio set-up featuring the work of Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, 2014
04/8/14

Stephen Ormandy | Habitus Living

Habitus magazine’s Nicky Lobo takes us inside the home of Olsen Irwin artist Stephen Ormandy. Ormandy shares his home with wife Louise Olsen, cofounder of Dinosaur Designs together with Ormandy, and their daughter Camile. Lobo discusses Ormandy’s return to art after many years focusing on business and design.

“Some might say that Stephen’s recent refocusing on his own art practice is just as bold, but it’s ‘all one expression’ to him. The move is not exactly out of the blue – he is a trained artist deeply connected to the Olsen creative dynasty, which includes his partner, Louise, her brother, gallery owner Tim and their father, John.” – Nicky Lobo, Habitus

Read the entire article here on habitusliving.com

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Ormandy with one of his works. Image courtesy Chris Chen

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Details of Ormandy’s home. Image courtesy Chris Chen.

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Ormandy’s studio. Image courtesy Chris Chen.

03/20/14

Paul Davies | Real Living

Paul Davies’ work has been included in Real Living magazine’s ‘My Dream Room’ in the March 2014 issue – out now.

All of Davies’ available works  can be viewed here on our website.
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