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21 February, 2020
In art school, Louise Olsen kept herself in paints selling colourful t-shirts and resin jewellery at Paddington Markets, heeding the work ethic of her father, the celebrated artist, John Olsen whose creed was: "Be lovers, not others, be givers, not takers, us Olsens are workers."_continue reading
Louise Olsen Pollination
February 21, 2020
You don’t get much more Australian than this. Ned Kelly’s girlfriend, riding Phar Lap, which has just deposited a pile of golden nuggets.
Melbourne artist Jacqui Stockdale gets that it’s funny. It’s intended to be.
But look again, she says.
“I’ve called it Such is Love. She’s a message. I don’t want to use the word powerful. But it’s absurd. Ned Kelly’s absurd. This is summing up Australia.”
A painting by a celebrated Sydney artist stolen from a Mascot business while the paint was still wet has been recovered._continue reading
Geelong Gallery have acquired works by Paul Davies from a series of sunlight photograms made on residency at the Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Westin Phoenix, Arizona.
Paul Davies West Site Stories
A celebrated Sydney artist whose still wet painting was stolen from a business in Mascot last week hopes the thief is caught red-handed.
Painter Laura Jones had just finished an 81 x 61cm oil canvas of Australian native flowers that was to be auctioned for bushfire relief when she took it to a business in Mascot to be photographed ahead of the National Art School's Home: Bushfire Relief Art Auction Fundraiser on Wednesday._continue reading
By Louise Martin-Chew
Jan ‚?? Mar 2020
Steve Lopes + Leo Robba
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.