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John Olsen: You Beaut Country exhibition

Sydney Morning Herald
September 2016

Arguably Australia's greatest living artist, Olsen is about to launch his largest ever retrospective at the NGV.

John Olsen is known for his energetic painting style and masteful depiction of the Australian landscape...

John Olsen's You Beaut country (late night live)
Presenter: Philip Adams
September 13, 2016

He is regarded as Australia's greatest living artist - for over 60 years John Olsen has been showing us new ways to look at the country's landscapes - from Hill End to Lake Eyre. At the opening of a retrospective of his paintings, murals, works on paper, ceramics and weavings at the National Gallery of Victoria, John Olsen sat down to talk to Phillip about his long, rich, colourful life.

This episode was first broadcast on September 13, 2016

Image: John Olsen, Phillip Adams, NGV Edge Theatre (Gail Boserio, RN)

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Tattersalls Club Landscape Art Prize Finalists

September 2016

Olsen Irwin would like to congratulate our 4 finalists in the Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize; Alan Jones, Guy Warren, Kathryn Ryan and Paul Davies (feature image: Black Forrest)

The prize was judged on Tuesday, the judging panel comprised Chris Saines, Director Queensland Art Gallery and Goma, Dr Campbell Gray, Director University of Queensland Art Museum, Stella Downer, Art Consultant and judge of the Salon des Refus?s, and Ernie Ward, Tattersall?s Club Committee Member. The exhibition will hang in the Foyer at Waterfront Place for a public exhibition from Monday 12 September and concluding on Friday 23 September.


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John Olsen: at home with the Australian artist

The Sydney Morning Herald
Amanda Hooton
3 September 2016

Over lunch at his home in the NSW southern highlands, John Olsen shares with Amanda Hooton a lifetime of insights into landscape, poetry and painting.

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Mrs V Interviews James McGrath

The Style of Mrs V
Scarlett Vespa
26 May 2016

Scarlett Zola Vespa from The Style of Mrs V interviews Artist James McGrath about his art, his latest show at the Olsen Irwin Gallery and bringing family and art together

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LA Story

Vogue Australia
Sophie Tedmanson
May 2016

Blue skies ans bold colour evoke the brighter side of LA in the latest body of work by photographer George Byrne, who proves his gift for capturing beauty in the banal

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The quiet achiever

Vogue Australia
Sophie Tedmanson
May 2016

Meet the artist whose work crosses the lines between architecture and nature, painting and photography...

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Guy Warren show revisits his Archibald win, war service and childhood

The Australian
Scott Bevan
2 April 2016

Guy Warren is adamant. He wants us to paddle a canoe in Sydney’s Middle Harbour. We’ve been talking about it for months. The cautious in me had suggested we hire a boat. After all, he is on the cusp of turning 95. The adventurous in Warren insists on the canoe. He quotes his friend, fellow artist and the subject of his 1985 Archibald Prize-winning portrait, Bert Flugelman: “If in doubt, jump!” ...

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Stephen Bird: Bastard Son of Royal Doulton Exhibition

February 2016

The Wollongong Art Gallery has a touring exhibition celebrating the work of Olsen Irwin artist Stephen Bird.  

Stephen Bird ,White plate with smile and spoon 2014, clay, pigment, glaze, 22cm diameter, $1,100
Stephen Bird is most famous for his ceramic works that are a comical hybrid of forms and images. The title of the exhibition Stephen Bird Bastard Son of Royal Doulton is reflective of Bird?s irreverent and comical style. Many of Bird?s works are the in the form of figures or vessels such as teapots, tobacco jars and vases. Bird references traditional English Staffordshire pottery, such as Toby jugs, and inverts them.
Along with Bird's ceramic works the exhibition features works on paper and etchings. The exhibition runs from the 20 June - 25 October 2015 and then will travel to Tweed Regional Gallery, Cowra Regional Art Gallery and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. 

Andrew Taylor - Layers of Truth

Vogue Living Australia
Annemarie Kiely
March 2016

Artist Andrew Taylor sheds new light on his complex approach to life and the modern world's perception of the creative process...

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Meet The Erotic Artist Bringing Psychedelic Sex To Instagram
Priscilla Frank
March 2016

A Bay Area artist who goes by the name of Alphachanneling has transformed his Instagram feed into a lush erotic jungle, teeming with vines, petals, bodies, leaves, flesh, and other all natural pleasures.

I've been following Alphachanneling for a while now. I love to get lost in the psychedelic wilds where bodies go to play and touch and engage in extreme, sometimes divine, pleasure. Until recently, I assumed the artist was a woman, probably due to the softness of the images, the way they buzz with goddess magic.

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Artist-turned cult Instagrammer on how to capture LA in a square

Vogue Australia
Sophie Tedmanson
10 February 2016

George Byrne is a photographer, singer and celebrity sibling (his sister is the actress Rose), who has gained a cult following on Instagram for his starkly stunning photos of Los Angeles. He has returned to Sydney for his first solo exhibition – ‘Local Division’ at Olsen Irwin gallery, which opens today. Here, George explains the art of capturing LA in a square...

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Celebrate Australia Day with Olsen's epic landscape

Sydney Morning Herald
Janet Hawley
23 January 2016

"I'm not old, I'm just aged," Olsen says, beaming, as the sun glints on the lake which laps his studio and sprawling house in the NSW Southern Highlands.

"One great value in being aged is that it allows retrospective thinking. I can now look back at the changes in my lifetime through a mental telescope....

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John Olsen at the Opera House

SOH Talks and Ideas
Jan 19, 2016

Living treasure John Olsen spoke at the Sydney Opera House about his largest commission, "My Salute to Five Bells" which is located in the Northern Foyer of the Concert Hall. The Australian artist spoke about his art making practice, love of cooking and why he'll never retire.

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Bird watching has never been more fun

Jeff Campagna
3 Nov 2015

Australian portrait photographer Leila Jeffreys does an uncanny job of capturing her subjects’ personalities. Her subjects just happen to be the feathered kind. 

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Who's a pretty boy, then?

The Times Magazine
Monique Rivalland
31 October 2015

Leila Jeffreys’ remarkable portraits of rescue bird.

For Wonder, a rare albino turkey vulture, life can be trying. His terrible eyesight means that “he is afraid of his own shadow”, says Australian photographer Leila Jeffreys. He was found face down in the snow in Michigan and is now at a Californian rescue centre, where Jeffreys took his portrait. “There is a gentleness to him that makes me melt,” she says.

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Sophie Cape - Into the Shadows

The Sydney Morning Herald - Spectrum
John McDonald
10 October 2015

"A mother and daughter turn to paint and canvas to comprehend a family tragedy".

In light of World Mental Health Day, John McDonald reviews Ann  and Sophie Cape's current exhibition 'An Unending Shadow: Works Exploring Dementia' at Mosman Art Gallery.

Furnace - a photographic essay

Museum Magazine
Laura Bannister
8 October 2015

Museum visits the ceramics studio of Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize finalist Stephen Bird.

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Stephen Bird: Bastard Son of Royal Doulton

Robyn Phelan
September 2015

Put all shame and modesty aside when visiting Stephen Bird’s exhibition Bastard Son of Royal Doulton. Autobiographical in much of its content, this show features sensational artworks with explicit scenes of sex in the bush, petrol sniffing, and decapitation alongside the banal, stuff of everyday life. This is a survey show of Bird’s ceramics and works on paper from 1992 – 2014. The artist sees the show as a celebration of these 22 years of his career and a creative document of his journey from Scotland to Australia.

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Paul Davies

Art Almanac
29 September 2015

“My work is driven by friction between opposing forces of built and natural environments, design and art, abstraction and figuration.” We chat to Davies about his new exhibition ‘Other Desert Spaces’ and the direction his move to Los Angeles has steered his work.

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