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.

02/14/14

Marie Hagerty | Peter Vandermark | House Tour

A visit to the Canberra home of Marie Hagerty and Peter Vandermark is an aesthetic experience. Its smart modernist architecture houses a world that has been created through the marriage of two of Australia’s most exciting and stylish contemporary artists. Hagerty and Vandermark have a shared home but separate studios. There is a movement of artworks between these spaces that ensures every visitor is greeted by the exciting prospect of new works to view and a ‘fresh hang’. While many artists bring their work home from the studio to live with, contemplate and slowly evaluate, what is really striking about the Hagerty-Vandermark household is the way in which their works sit together so beautifully within the overall look and feel of their home, providing an insight into the extent to which their art is integrated into their lives.

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These two positively live their aesthetic. Their work is in no way the same: each has developed, in the course of their career, a unique style and vocabulary of visual motifs for which they are individually known. When brought together, however, the symmetry can’t be ignored. This effect has been described by the artists as a kind of play, which serves “to juxtapose and add another dimension or conversation – we ‘speak’ very different languages, but understand each other.” While not always harmonious (could such a situation possibly be?!) it is clearly a fruitful alliance.

Marie and Peter sustain a dialogue that is intuitive and ongoing. They see the consistencies in each other’s work and share a special affection for ‘classic’ pieces in their oeuvres that are always on display (Hagerty’s remarkable ‘Photojournalist’, for example, and a suite of three sculptures by Vandermark that retains pride of place in the couple’s bedroom). New artworks are continually viewed in relation to these benchmarks and in turn encourage the artists to look at their key works afresh.
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