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August 2018

OLSEN Gallery wishes to congratulate Alan Jones for his work Painting 233 (The Fire Trail) that has been selected as a finalist in the Tattersalls Art Prize. Painting 233 was recently on display at the Olsen Gallery stall at Melbourne Art Fair

Working to Scale

LALA Magazine
Courtney Coffman
Spring Issue 2018

From objects to buildings Honora Shea and Danielle Rago of This X That help emerging designers and architects think big - and small. 

The Watermill Center Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary With TIME BOMB, A Creative Explosion

Bettina Zilkha
August 2, 2018

The Watermill Center held its 25th Annual Gala, TIME BOMB, at its headquarters Saturday night. Presented by Van Cleef & Arpels and honoring the late Pierre Berge, the aptly named evening featured an explosion of creativity. Over 1,000 guests strolled through the site, where the colorful theme, in tribute to Berge and the Jardins Majorelle, abounded.  The evening raised $2.2 million for the center...

 There were exciting works to be had at the silent auction, including recent pieces by Rachel Hovnanian, Leila Jeffreys, Hadieh Shafie, and many more. The live auction featured a trio of Keith Haring prints courtesy of the Tony Shafrazi Foundation, and works by Peter Beard, Nan Goldin, Roy Lichtenstein, Masako Miki, Duke Riley, Tseng Kwong Chi, as well as a Robert Wilson video.

ART HOUSE Kate Bryan House Notes

Soho House Magazine
Kate Bryan
July 2018

Australian born artist Paul Davies investigates the relationship between built and natural environments in his atmospheric pantings, which often draw on historic modernist masterpieces. This painting, which mirrors nature with architecture, is a key work at DUMBO House, where the collection reflects the site's own staggering setting - specifically, its skyline views.

Nicholas Harding | Art of Music

June 2018

ART OF MUSIC is one of the most talked about fundraisers on the Sydney event circuit. There is no other like it.


Presented by Jenny Morris, ART OF MUSIC combines both visual arts and music. Held every two years, a group of Australia's top artists come together to create an original exhibition where each artist chooses an iconic Australian/NZ song to inspire a piece of artwork. The artwork is then auctioned during a gala dinner in the spectacular Grand Court of the Art Gallery of NSW. All proceeds go to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, an inspirational charity that use the power of music to transform lives.
Congratulations to Nicholas Harding on his participation in the event with his work : Private Universe (Neil Finn) 2018 oil on linen 112x107cm (featured)

Southampton Welcomes Fine Art Photographer Leila Jeffreys

Carole Reed
July 25, 2018

Ornithologists and art aficionados alike find delight in Leila Jeffreys' winged works.

Conservationist, world traveller and fine art photographer, Leila Jeffreys, grew up in Perth, Australia. She experienced all the boundless travel and exposure to exotic wildlife required for an artist with her particular level of visual acuity. Among the many celebrities, who have taken her under their wing, Jonathan Adler, smartly featured the work of this emerging artist in 20 North American stores in 2010. As both a curator and interior designer, I adore the clean graphic quality of her work, and appreciate the memorable, emotional charge her subjects emit to their viewers. 

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Photographer Leila Jeffries Exhibits Exotic Wildlife Works In New Salon Series

July 25, 2018

“I was walking down 5th Ave one evening and in the window of Bergdorfs was the most magical display of a photographers work with brightly festooned mannequins I had ever seen,” shares Carole Reed. “Searching up the artist immediatley I suddenly found myself obsessed by these bird portraits on Instagram, then they appeared behind the shoulder of Brooke Shields in a recent InStyle shoot, it seemed they were everywhere. As both a curator and interior designer I adore the clean graphic quality of her work while also appreciating the memorable emotional charge her subjects emit to their viewers.”

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So Fine Contemporary Women Artists make Australian history

National Portrait Gallery
Fiona McMonagle
July 2018

Fiona McMonagle
Contributing artists /

Born: 1977, Letterkenny, Ireland Works: Melbourne

So Fine exhibition showing from Friday 29 June until Monday 1 October 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition features new works from ten women artists reinterpreting and reimaging elements of Australian history.

Artist statement

Under Britain's child migrant scheme - operating from the 1920s through to the late 1960s - over 130,000 children were forcibly sent to ‘a better life' in former colonies, mainly Australia and Canada. Many were children of single mothers who had been forced to give them up for adoption, or had left them temporarily in British orphanages until they were fit to reclaim them.

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Review - Unmasking the portraiture of McLean Edwards
Andrew McIlroy
July 9, 2018

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize judge, Wendy Sharpe, described Tim Storrier's 2017 winning painting of fellow Australian artist McLean Edwards as "an arresting, intriguing image at once both disturbing and playful". Storrier's portrait of his friend in The Lunar Savant (Portrait of McLean Edwards) indeed presents such a contrast.

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Related exhibition
McLean Edwards Marsupials


June 2018

Congratulations to Zoe Young who has been awarded the Pirtek Prize for Still Life Painting at the Bowral Art Gallery for her work Apples for tea, which will be a part of her upcoming show Winter Soundtrack at Olsen Gallery

Dramartistry with Mclean Edwards

May 2018

Experience Dramartistry with Mclean Edwards as presented by the Sydney Art Quartet at Yellow House. Deep, rich & stormy music fuses with psychological portraiture when Mclean Edwards joins the Art Quartet. Sink deep into sound while McLean Edwards depicts an inner world - all in his darkly humorous & magnetic style. Your own sketch kit is welcome to add to the drama for these unique concert experiences.
Yellow House Sydney 57-59 Macleay St Potts Point NSW 2011

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Julian Meagher | Art with Heart

June 2018

Very Special Kids' presents the Art with Heart auction. Very Special Kids is a children's charity that helps more than 900 families across Victoria who have a child with a life threatening condition with on going support from diagnosis all the way through bereavement. Julian Meagher will be participating in the charities Art exhibition and auction for exceptional fine paintings and sculptures from leading contemporary artists. See Julian's featured work below.

Wapengo #2, 2018 oil on linen 153 _ 122 cm

Laura Jones | Art with Heart

June 2018

Laura Jones will be participating in the Art with Heart Auction presented by the Very Special Kids charity.
The free-of-charge family support services include counseling, advocacy, sibling support, bereavement
support, networking and peer activities, trained family volunteers and specialist care at Very Special Kids Hospice.
Very Special Kids Hospice is the only children's hospice in Victoria and we offer families access to planned and emergency respite, as well as end-of-life care. The hospice provides 24-hour medical and nursing care
in a warm and welcoming environment. It costs more than $8 million each year to operate Very Special Kids. The generosity of the community is essential for sustaining this wonderful charity.
Midnight Banksia, 2018 oil on linen 122 _ 102 cm price estimate $6,000 - 8,000

Andrew Taylor & Matthew Johnson | Art with Heart

June 2018

Very Special Kids presents Art With Heart auction. Andrew Taylor? and Matthew Johnson will? be participating in the charities Art exhibition and auction for exceptional fine paintings and sculptures from leading contemporary artists. See Andrew and Matthews featured works below.   

Left: Outside: Friday, 2017 oil on linen 183 x 183 cm

Laura Jones | Art of Music Charity

May 2018

Laura Jones has created a work for the "Art of Music" charity which is held at the Art Gallery of NSW. The charity raises money for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy. To read more about the charity click here.      

George Byrne | The Guardian

The Guardian
Nell Frizzell
Thursday 26th April 2018

Nell Frizzell interviews George Byrne in this months issue of The Guardian. George speaks of a moment whilst on a road trip from Los Angeles to Philadelphia.
"At a time of Islamophobia in the western world, it was a moment of connection,"
To read the full article please click here .

Claudia Damichi | Domain Prestige

Australian Financial Review
May 5, 2018

An interview with Claudia Damichi features in Domain Prestige in The AFR this week. "The work jams strong palettes up against each other. It jumps out at you, but the longer you stay with these works, the more they give." For more details on Claudia Damichi's upcoming show, please click here

profile: Julian Meagher

Vogue Living Australia
Freya Herring
May/June 2018

Through the touch of this gifted Sydney artist, some of lifes most ordinary elements become extraordinary works of art.

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Space Dahlias

Vogue Living
May/June 2018

Laura Jones's painting has been featured in this months issue of Vogue Living.


Artwork details: 

 Space Dahlias 2018

 oil on linen

122 x 102cm