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.

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

$6,000

 

 

 

07/11/14

Sophie Cape | Studio

Sophie Cape was photographed in her Sydney studio by fellow Olsen Irwin artist Tamara Dean for the Sydney Morning Herald. The images give us a great insight into Cape’s studio, materials and process. The accompanying article, detailing her life as a downhill skier and track cyclist before becoming an artist, was featured in Good Weekend on 31 May 2014read the article here.

Sophie Cape’s exhibition Shadows of White – from Shaolin to Everest is on now at Olsen Irwin, Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture.

Sophie Cape
Shadows of White – from Shaolin to Everest
2 – 20 July 2014

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

All images courtesy Tamara Dean.

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05/23/14

Prue Venables | Manly Art Gallery

Prue Venables work is currently on show at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum’s exhibition The Course of Objects: The Fine Lines of Inquiry.

“This exhibition aims to examine recent ceramic practice in Australia which pursues particular lines of inquiry, or embodies pertinent ideas.  In the spirit of unravelling associations between objects or ideas, the curator and the artists consider the possible transient affinities and correspondences between selected works to evoke connections, references, repetitions, echoes, resemblances, distilled moments, or the realm of metaphor.” – Manly Art Gallery and Museum

The Course of Objects: The Fine Lines of Inquiry
2 May – 8 June 2014

Manly Art Gallery and Museum
West Esplanade
Manly NSW 2095

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Prue Venables, White large oval bowl, 2012, Porcelain, hand thrown and altered, height 18cm x length 30.5cm x w 24cm

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Manly Art Gallery, The Course of Objects: The Fine Lines of Inquiry. Image courtesy of Vicki Grima, The Journal of Australian Ceramics

05/1/14

Marie Hagerty | Peter Vandermark | The Art Life

Marie Hagerty and Peter Vandermark‘s current exhibition of New Works at Olsen Irwin has been featured on The Art Life.

“Though they’ve always worked separately in respective painting and sculpture practices, this show demonstrates ample connection through their use of colour, shape and shared influence. At the same it juxtaposes contrasting perspectives – with Hagerty’s curvy, overlapping, semi-abstracted images surprisingly living in harmony with Vandermark’s straight edged, geometric style.” – Sharne Wolff, The Art Life

Read the article here on The Art Life.

Marie Hagerty and Peter Vandermark
New Works
16 April – 4 May

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025

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Marie Hagerty, 3 Plane girls II, 2014, collage on paper, 56 x 77cm

04/24/14

Julian Meagher | The Design Files

The Design Files have again featured the work of recent Olsen Irwin addition, Julian Meagher.

“Since we last saw Julian his profile has been well and truly on the rise – earlier this year he gained representation with the highly respected Olsen Irwin Gallery in Sydney, and he’s also currently staging his first solo show in the USA!” – Lucy Feagins, The Design Files

Read the post here on The Design Files.

Julian Meagher’s available works can be viewed here on our website.

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‘Floating In A Darkened Sky’ by Julian Meagher, oil on linen, 120cm x 120cm.

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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.

04/16/14

Olsen Irwin | The New York Times

The New York Times‘ Tony Perrottet visited Olsen Irwin on a recent trip to Sydney. Tasked with discovering the city’s cultural highlights, Perrottet refrained from visiting Sydney’s iconic beaches and landmarks.

“I bounced around the established galleries in Paddington and Woollahra, including Roslyn Oxley9, a light-filled space hidden below a sandstone bluff, and Olsen Irwin, where the caliber of art would be perfectly at home in one of the galleries beside New York’s High Line.” – Tony Perrottet, The New York Times, 11 April 2014

Follow the link to read the entire article.

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04/14/14

Nicholas Harding | Studio Visit Q&A

In the second installment of our artist studio visit Q&A, Olsen Irwin Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture manager, Madeleine Brady, talks with Nicholas Harding.

HardingStudio_5blogMB: In search of Nicholas Harding’s studio I hurry along a Camperdown street of identical terrace houses. I spot a paint splattered curtain peeking through a door, the familiar smell of oil paint fills the air and I know I’ve arrived. Like the curtain, the clear plastic lining the studio walls is covered in brush marks and the colours of previous works, protecting the bright white walls beyond. I am greeted by Harding’s wife Lynne and given a quick tour of the modern loft terrace as Harding works vigorously on a large canvas. Although most recognised for his textural layers of oil paint, I am here to view the artist’s etchings and works on paper, hoping to fill the Olsen Irwin drawers with some new finds and familiar favourites.

Harding flips through large gouache works on paper. We come across portraits of friends and family, including Australian actor Hugo Weaving, Olsen Irwin artist Paul Davies and Harding’s wife Lynne. In the upstairs loft space we find small sketches from his 2013 residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and peruse the carefully organised drawers of etchings. I take with me some gouache studies of Parisian dogs and a bunch of etchings, including the 2001 etching of Harding’s Archibald Prize winning work ‘John Bell as King Lear‘.

Harding then riffles through the mountains of sketch books littering the studio floor – notebooks of exquisite handmade paper filled entirely with studies drawn of the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of the famed Samuel Beckett play ‘Waiting for Godot’. Harding will exhibit works from the ‘Waiting for Godot’ series at Olsen Irwin in May 2014.

MB:
Do you view your sketches and drawings as a part of your overall process or as works in themselves?
NH: They’re largely part of the overall process, of working things out but the ones that really hit the mark can exist as independent works.

photo-55MB: You are currently making a series of etchings from the ‘Waiting for Godot’ sketchbooks – how relevant are etchings to your artistic practice?
NH: These are my first since I did some etchings back in 2001-05 with Duckprint and Cicada Press. Working this time with Laura Jones at Legs Press. Etching is another way of drawing and with the Godot etchings it’s a way of developing some of the images from the sketchbooks. The first ones are faithful to the initial sketches but others were developed further. It’s exciting to see how the drawn mark in the soft ground will bite. Most of the plates had a few states of development but one plate came out of the first bite and was done.

HardingStudio_6blogMB: How did you get involved in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of ‘Waiting for Godot’?
NH: While I was artist-in-residence at the Cité des Internationales in Paris last year there was a ‘pop-up’ Globe theatre outside my studio window and I drew the actors while they waited for their cues and paced around outside. Hugo Weaving saw some of these drawings on Instagram and invited me to draw during STC’s rehearsals for ‘Waiting for Godot’ later in the year.

MB: What do you hope to achieve from your exhibition of works from the ‘Waiting for Godot’ series?
NH: With any series the hope is to create some exciting and engaging work, to communicate my response to something which excites me. I just feel compelled to draw with something, with ink, paint, on an etching plate. It’s how I attempt to make sense of things. The arts are a way of entering into life and to collaborate with another art form, another means of expression, gets me out of my comfort zone and opens up other possibilities for my work.

HardingStudio_1blogHardingStudio_4blogMB: The theatre has been a reoccurring theme in your work, will we see more joint ventures with the Sydney Theatre Company in the future?
NH: There are a couple of productions later on this year I’d love to be able to attend and draw but it does depend very much upon our mutual schedules.

Nicholas Harding
Drawing Godot
7 – 25 May 2014

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025HardingStudio_7blogHardingStudio_2blogHardingStudio_8blog

04/9/14

Embers of Empathy | ABC News

ABC news has covered the Embers of Empathy auction, raising money for Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery, featuring the work of Olsen Irwin artists Paul Ryan, Sophie Cape and Nicholas Harding. The exhibition features 12 original works from 12 artists, created using the embers from the recent NSW bushfires. The auction will be held this Thursday 10 April at 6pm in the Paramount Building, 55 Brisbane Street, Surry Hills NSW.

Embers of Empathy
Thursday 10 April 6pm
RSVP by Monday 7 April to alexandra.mcdonald@bm.com

Paramount Building
55 Brisbane Street
Surry Hills 2010 NSW