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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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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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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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