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.

12.5 x 19 cm & 19 x 12 x 8 cm






Jonathan Delafield Cook | Raven

Click here to read Raven’s review of Jonathan Delafield Cook‘s current exhibition at Olsen Irwin.

“Cook’s skill and precision are astounding, particularly considering that his drawings are executed in charcoal – a notoriously unforgiving medium. A combination of direct observation, often from museum specimens, and photographic references inform Cook’s work. His notations of flora and fauna border on scientific, with form and texture impeccably reproduced against clean white grounds.” – Raven


Jonathan Delafield Cook, Mackerel VIII, 2013, Charcoal on paper, 15 x 43cm, $3800