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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...
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)_continue reading
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._continue reading
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!” ..._continue reading
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.
Alphachanneling (Summer Show)
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..._continue reading
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...._continue reading
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._continue reading
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._continue reading
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.
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._continue reading
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._continue reading