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Interview: Paul Davies (Hong Kong Tatler, 2013)

The Australian artist shares his story behind the graphic nature of his architectural masterpiece.

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John Olsen: the you beaut country

Art Gallery of NSW
March 20, 2017

The most comprehensive display ever mounted on one of Australia's greatest living artists This exhibition surveys John Olsen's remarkable seven-decade career, including paintings, ceramics, tapestries and works on paper from collections across Australia. It features some of his most iconic and arresting works, including large-scale paintings of Sydney Harbour and Lake Eyre and his career-defining landscape series The you beaut country. Olsen is renowned for his energetic painting style and his lyrical depictions of the Australian landscape and its life-forms. The exhibition traces the development of his spectacular and idiosyncratic vision, highlighting his lifelong interest in the natural world and his continued pursuit to capture the Australian identity. A National Gallery of Victoria exhibition in association with the Art Gallery of NSW.

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A great Australian artist John Olsen

John Olsen, is a lover of many things: people, food, literature, and the natural world. Above all, Olsen is a lover of art and life. Listen in as Olsen tells stories of his life, work and an enduring passion for capturing the spirit of the Australian landscape.

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The You Beaut Country, National Gallery of Victoria

John Olsen: The You Beaut Country offers an unparalleled opportunity to examine Olsen?s consummate place in Australian art history. His You beaut country series, which followed his return to Australia in 1960 after three years travelling in Europe, began what would be a lifelong interest in representing the landscape and Australian identity. These works are presented alongside his more recent paintings, prints and watercolours, including those inspired by the filling of Lake Eyre. The exhibition reveals an artist who at 88 years of age has lost none of his passion for his subject matter, nor his creative vitality and retains a unique ability to capture the spirit of the Australian landscape.

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Explore John Olsen's 'You Beaut Country' at the NGV

Daily Review
NGV
October 2016

John Olsen is one of Australia's greatest living artists. Daily Review was fortunate to chat with exhibition curator David Hurlston and see Olsen's distinctive works which are on display at The National Gallery of Victoria Ian Potter Centre through until February 2017.

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Tim Olsen discuss the Art Market on the Switzer Report

For a look at how the art market is performing, Tim Olsen from Olsen Irwin Gallery joins Switzer TV

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The Style of Mrs V

What is the 'Art of Living?' Tim Olsen sits down with Scarlett Zola Vespa, host of The Style of Mrs V, along with Nancy Pilcher and Mickey Robertson to discuss their outlook on how they balance the art of living.

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Guy Warren

At the age of 94, artist Guy Warren still paints and draws several days a week. Interviewed in his Leichhardt studio, the Archibald winning painter reflects on a 75 year career.

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Guy Warren New Paintings

LATELINE: John Olsen returns to his hometown, Newcastle

Now at the age of 88, John Olsen has gone home. Arguably Australia's most successful living artist, he is back in the city of Newcastle where he grew up during the Depression. To honour the memories of his early life, he is about to embark on one of his most significant works. It is set to rival his acclaimed 'Salute To Five Bells' mural at the Sydney Opera House.

Philippa McDonald joined John Olsen on his nostalgic return to the Hunter.

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Chris Langlois - Points in Time

The work of contemporary landscape artist Chris Langlois is being celebrated with a major touring survey ‘Points in Time‘. The exhibition was developed by Gippsland Art Gallery and Manly Art Gallery and Museum and will tour 6 of Australia’s best regional galleries in 2013 and 2014. In this documentary, filmed for the exhibition, Langlois shares his thoughts on his work and the exhibition – giving insight into his concepts, working process and studio.

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John Olsen - King Sun 7:30

"At 85 years young, John Olsen may have created one of his most monumental paintings in a physically-demanding project, complete with dramatic health scare, that has re-energised him." - 7:30, ABC

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The Sky Still Breaks

The Sydney based painter is well known for his subject matter surrounding modern day masculinity. Using oils as if they were delicate watercolours, this new body of work emerged from a chance encounter with a scuba diver hunting for discarded longnecks that litter Sydney Harbour.
Director Roma D'Arrietta's promo, shot in the artist's studio, responds to Meagher's interest in the Australian male psyche's position in the shadow of the bottle.

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Noah Taylor 'New Works' Exhibition Opening, June 2014

Claudia Karvan opened Noah Taylor's exhibition of new works at Olsen Irwin Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture on Saturday 7 June 2014.

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Noah Taylor New Works

The King Sun: John Olsen, ABC

In March 2013, John Olsen, one of Australia’s greatest living artists, embarked on the second largest mural of his career. He was 85 years old.

In The King Sun, director Tony Williams and producer Anna Hewgill follow the progress of John Olsen’s mural from the arrival of the 8 blank panels to the transportation, delivery and installation of the giant painting in the Collins Square development in Melbourne.

The film is a record of a great Australian at work on possibly his final mural. It’s also an uplifting exploration of a life in art, and a reflection on mortality, optimism and happiness.

The filmmakers take us inside Olsen’s Southern Highland home where Olsen opens up about the eastern philosophies and techniques that have guided his practice, and we hear from Olsen’s wife, son and daughter. John Olsen is in the autumn of his life and in The King Sun he reflects on what he was like as a younger man. We flash back to archival footage of John as a young, vigorous and driven artist working on Salute to Five Bells, and winning the Archibald. And we see how much he has mellowed with time.
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The King Sun: John Olsen screened Tuesday 17 June at 10pm on ABC1.

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Sophie Cape in conversation with Richard Morecroft, July 2014

Sophie Cape in conversation with broadcaster Richard Morecroft discussing the exhibition 'Shadows of White - From Shaolin to Everest'. 

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ABC '7.30 Report' featuring Jo Bertini

As flooding rains top up rivers running through the arid heart of the continent all the way to Lake Eyre tourists are flocking to witness the rare occurrence. Artist Jo Bertini recounts her experiences with a landscape that constantly inspires and excites.

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Noah Taylor - Artist Encounters

Noah Taylor gives an indepth look into his inspirations and his imagination behind his highly successful exhibition in 2013

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Olsen Irwin Video - Paul Davies "Flattening Sublime" exhibition drawings slideshow

“The studio was a 10-minute walk from Notre Dame so every morning I would get up, get a coffee and walk over to Notre Dame and sketch, or sketch in the street. It was such a fantastic experience."

Paul Davies discussing the sketches in his latest show in Lisa Carapiet-Fanous' article, 'Life, captured' (Australian Financial Review, June 7, 2013

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Paul Davies Flattening Sublime

Polychromatism. The Art of Stephen Ormandy

“Polychromatism. The art of Stephen Ormandy” directed by Mario Sanasi takes us into Stephen Ormandy’s studio and gives us direct insight into his work, process and techniques.

Photographic collages form the basis for many of Ormandy’s works – “I cut shapes from coloured pieces of paper – I arrange them looking for rhythms of tone, colour, form. I then photograph it and move on and I can work very quickly and it allows me to take a lot of photographs in a very intense period of time”. Similarly his sculpture also stems from the notion of collage. Ormamdy’s sculptures are essentially 3D collages formed from an “alphabet of shapes”.

Discussing what it is to be an artist, Ormandy says, “To be able to self edit and be self critical is crucial [...] You have to be your worst critic – it’s really important.”

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Stephen Ormandy Polychromatism

Nic Fiddian-Green New Works 2013

Nic Fiddian-Green ‘s current exhibition at Olsen Irwin has been captured in a stunning film by director Robert Scott. Scott was so taken with the exhibition, he was even inspired to compose a piece of music for the film, which ” I hope reflects the power and fragility of these beautiful works.” – Robert Scott.

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Nic Fiddian-Green New Works

An Interview with Michael Johnson

Internationally recognised abstract painter talks to Tim Olsen about the inspiration and the unique language employed in his recent work.  Includes archival footage of Johnson experimenting with pigments in the landscape and rare glimpses into his Sydney studio.

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Michael Johnson New Paintings 2009

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