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Issue 16, 2011
In his ninth decade, John Olsen’s legendary lust for life is as obvious as ever and so is his devotion to drawing, a practice that has underpinned his long and distinguished career. What is also evident when talking with Olsen is that his diverse life experiences have informed his approach to art. Memories of tough times during the Depression in the late 1920s, creative battles of a life spent dedicated to art, and the many wonderful people who have shared his world and great places he has visited are all deeply intertwined through his work. He is still looking outward, projecting what he sees and more importantly celebrating life - just as he did as a young boy growing up in Newcastle, discovering a passion for drawing._view online (external link)
John Olsen Recent Works
Stephen Bird's ceramic works feature in 'Horizon - Landscapes, Ceramics and Print' currently showing at Norway's National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design. The exhibition runs from 14 June?2013 to 23 February?2014.
"The exhibition 'Horizon - Landscapes, Ceramics and Print' is a visual narrative, illustrating the journey of landscapes, images and patterns through differing media to their realisation on the blue, black, pink, white tableware of The National Museum's Decorative Arts Collection." - Museum of Decorative Arts and Design
Soho House's new Downtown L.A. Warehouse Does It All: From Hotel to Coworking Space to Dinner and DrinksFortune
November 24, 2019
The 25th property in Soho House & Co.’s elaborate portfolio, Soho Warehouse occupies a seven-story building in downtown Los Angeles dating back to 1916._view online (external link)
November 26, 2019
OLSEN Gallery artist Paul Davies' six-by-18-foot commissioned painting is a feature of the Soho House's new downtown LA warehouse and coworking space. It features in Fortune online. To read the article in full click here.
"A six-by-18-foot acrylic painting, topping cozy restaurant banquettes, depicts the backyard of a quintessential mid-century home; a long gander at it elicits a daydream of L.A.’s never-ending summer. “The home does not exist as it appears in the painting; instead it is a composite of modern homes I’ve photographed in Southern California,” says painter Paul Davies."
"Public art has the power to reshape the way we experience our cities. We saw that time and again during my time as Mayor of New York City: art could remake streets and improve public safety, inspire people, draw in visitors, and enhance residents' quality of life," said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. When we combined our public art projects with our efforts to strengthen city infrastructure, through new public plazas or bike lanes, we created even safer, more vibrant streets for everyone. Now, we?re working to share our experience and enliven streets and plazas around the world."
- Michael R. BloombergBloomberg Philanthropies and Bloomberg Associates have announced the Asphalt Art Initiative; 26 projects from around the world implemented in the past decade, showcasing the variety of successful ways to incorporate artwork on city streets and public infrastructure, including Bo Droga's Miami Dominoes. "My artwork "Miami Dominoes" is a site specific installation that aims at enhancing the concrete infrastructure of the underline metro rail near the University of Miami Metro Rail Station. For thousands of students, locals and visitors, the Rail Station is a critical gateway to access the university, their homes and the local business services, including shops, medical centers and much more. Unfortunately, the heavy concrete structure underneath the railway tracks is a real eye sore. My artwork "Miami Dominoes" offers to transform the concrete pylons into a visually fun, playful and thought provoking installation that celebrates creativity through the method of trompe l?oeil. Turning the concrete pylons into a set of Dominos game pieces, the thematic behind "Miami Dominoes" transcends all ages, all cultural and socio economic backgrounds. It will create an element of pride for the local neighborhood and will be enjoyed by the greater Miami community and visiting tourists."
- Bo Droga
Artist Laura Jones is known for her still life paintings of flowers. She is the Glasshouse's newest artist in residence. Laura swapped the hustle and bustle of Sydney to re-engage her passion for native flowers ahead of exhibiting in Port Macquarie in 2020. Previously a florist, Laura's work has grown from her desire to express a love of nature, the process of painting beginning with the physical act of arranging flowers.
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Michelle Cawthorn visiting scholar and artist in residence at ANU School of Art and Design, CanberraOctober 2019
OLSEN Gallery artist Tim Summerton has collaborated with Four Pillars Gin on the label for the annual release of their Australian Christmas Gin. His artwork Flame Trees features on this years bottle. To read more about the story click here.
OLSEN Gallery artist Jacqui Stockdale is a finalist in the 2019 Bowness Photography Prize with her work Duel of the Mount 1.
The Bowness Photography Prize has become an important survey of contemporary photographic practice and one of the most prestigious prizes in the country, providing Australian artists with the opportunity to exhibit at one of Australia's leading public galleries. Since 2017 the prize has been acquisitive and the $30,000 cash prize awarded to the winner ensures that it continues to provide a significant boost to an artist's career. The Sotheby's Australia People's Choice Award has been doubled this year from $2,500 to $5,000.
The shortlist for the 2019 Bowness Photography Prize reveals artists continued fascination with exploring and pushing the boundaries of the photographic medium, embracing its capacity to explore a diversity of voices and perspectives.
The exhibition will run from 5 October - 17 November 2019, at the Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road WHEELERS HILL VIC 3150.
"The membership club's third West Coast outpost offers a gym, bedrooms and ? at long last ? a rooftop pool. Soho House members will finally be able to bask by the pool in Los Angeles or stay the night at their favorite hangout. The exclusive club is drawing back the curtains on its third West Coast location, known as Soho Warehouse, in downtown Los Angeles. With it comes three new additions not available at its other L.A. outposts: bedrooms, a rooftop pool and a gym... Australian artist Paul Davies, now based in L.A., created this large-format painting for the top floor. To the left hangs a photograph of the artwork in progress that shows Davies' feet to capture the artistic vibe of the venue." To read the full article click here._view online (external link)
In his latest exhibition Post Truth, George Byrne combines his vivid depictions of the American landscape with abstract elements to blur the line between fantasy and reality. To coincide with his new body of work, we spoke with the Sydney-born, LA-based artist about his creative process and life in the city of angels._view online (external link)
George Byrne Post Truth
1 October 2019
National writer Callan Boys has delves deep into the archives to bring you this collection of photographs and memories celebrating Sydney's rich restaurant history, documented over almost four decades in the Good Food Guide.
Leila Jeffreys is a leading Australian contemporary artist, who began documenting birds in photographic portraiture back in 2008. Leila is able to capture impeccable detail in her subjects, abstracting them from their natural environment and inviting the viewer to confront them in a more personable way._continue reading
Leila Jeffreys High Society
Giles Alexander joins Olsen Gallery, September 2019
OLSEN Gallery congratulates Sally Anderson, Philjames, Matthew Johnson and James McGrath on their selection as finalists for Mosman Art Prize, 2019.
Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is Australia's oldest and most prestigious local government art award. It was founded by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman Allan Gamble, at a time when only a small handful of art prizes were in existence in Australia and the community had very little support and few opportunities to exhibit their work.
As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary Australian art, reflecting all the developments in Australian art practice since 1947. Artists who have won the Mosman Art Prize include Margaret Olley, Guy Warren, Grace Cossington Smith, Weaver Hawkins, Nancy Borlase, Lloyd Rees, Elisabeth Cummings, Adam Cullen, Michael Zavros and Natasha Walsh.
The Mosman Art Prize will run from Wednesday 11 September - Sunday 27 October at Mosman Art Gallery.