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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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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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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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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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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

Sunday with Andrew Taylor

US based Australian artist Andrew Taylor talks to Chanel Nine's 'Sunday' program about his exhibition 'Inside/ Outside', his first show with the Tim Olsen Gallery in 2007.  Esteemed curator Nick Waterlow and gallery owner Tim Olsen discuss the Eastern sensibility inherent in his painting.  Taylor also explains his motivation to evoke stillness in his artmaking in a rapidly moving world where digital images flood our vision.

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Tim Olsen at Coco Republic on Collecting Art

Tim Olsen talks in Coco Republic's popular lecture series on collecting art.  Olsen provides some great insights into forming a collection, what to look for and some traps to avoid.

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Arts Sunday with Guy Maestri

2009 Archibald Prize winner, Guy Maestri talk to ABC1 Sunday Arts. An intimate discussion of his work and process from within his studio. Examines his early aspirations, the Archibald win, and the direction his work is taking. Includes interviews the artist's father and fellow studio artist, Celia Gullett. 

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Art Nation, featuring John Olsen and the exhibition Culinaria with Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein

This Art Nation episode features John Olsen and the exhibition Culinaria with Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein. John Olsen discusses his theories on painting food, as his memories of travel and cooking melt together to celebrate food, art and good company. Rick Stein comments on the exhibition, whilst Jamie Oliver get's involved with cooking up a feast for a delighted artistic audience.

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John Olsen Culinaria - The Cuisine of the Sun

Tim Olsen on John Olsen 'Culinaria'

We are blessed with the deliciously tasty Culinaria - The Cuisine of the Sun. An explosive feast that celebrates life and the human experience. Tim Olsen reflects on John Olsen's latest exhibition.

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John Olsen relives love of Lake Eyre, ABC 7.30 Report

John Olsen, Australia's greatest living painter talks to the ABC 7.30 report about his latest body of work Lake Eyre - The Desert Sea, Ruminations on a Empty Landscape. This latest collection of watercolours, a very personal reflection of an ever-changing landscape that Olsen has visited since the 1970's, depicts the results of the recent flooding to the area and the new life that follows. This episode features interviews John Olsen, his gallerist-son Tim Olsen, grandson James and two young artists Luke Sciberras and Guy Maestri fly across the Lake as well as an interview by Edmund Capon, Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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JOHN OLSEN: Lake Eyre Ruminations on an Empty Landscape

John Olsen - Australia's Wandering Minstral

Channel 9 Sunday Program

This wonderful documentary produced by Catherine Hunter and presented by Max Cullen investigates John's enduring passion for the Australian landscape. John revisits Lake Eyre after many years with artist and friend Tim Storrier and discusses his deep love for the desert. Cullen examines other environments that have shaped John's artmaking, including the years spent in Spain in the 1960s; Clarendon, SA and Sydney Harbour, Kings Cross and Hill End, NSW. Fascinating insights are provided by Edmund Capon and Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of NSW.

Archival footage of John teaching drawing at the Julian Ashton Art School and painting in the landscape.

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Philip Hunter FLATLANDS

Melbourne based artist Philip Hunter discusses with Tracee Hutchison his unique interpretation of and relationship with the Australian landscape. Hunter draws his inspiration from Wimmera, in North – Western Victoria where he grew up.

The Wimmera region plays a special role in Australian Art. Sydney Nolan and Arthur Boyd both produced seminal works based within this region. Hunter’s paintings draw upon a narrative that creates a fusion between Indigenous and European interpretations of the Australian landscape. Hunter has developed a language through his paintings that redefine a relationship to a sense of place.

More recently Hunter has embraced the challenge of responding to the indefinable qualities of the Australian landscape. Hutchinson addresses these concerns at the 2004 Melbourne International Art Fair in the Tim Olsen Gallery Stand.

Excerpt only. Full interview DVD available from the Gallery

Filmed and edited by Noah Hutchison of artcine.com.au

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Philip Hunter Flatlands 2004

Tim Olsen talks with Maggie Tabberer

The Biography Channel

Maggie Tabberer in her landmark series Maggie... At Home visits the homes of various Australian celebrities and to discuss their lives, careers, tragedies, and triumphs.  In this episode Tim Olsen speaks candidly about his life, family and collecting art.

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