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Three artists from the Olsen Irwin stables have been selected as finalists in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize for 2014. Peter Vandermark, Camie Lyons and Stephen Bird will each have a work exhibited at the Woollahra Council Chambers In Double Bay over a period of sixteen days.
Established in 2001, the prize bestows an acquisitive award of $15,000 to first place for creating an original, freestanding sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension. "The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize has distinguished itself as one of the more critically significant awards for a local artist to win.
Previous recipients include some of Australia's best contemporary artists such as Mikala Dwyer, Adam Cullen, Alexander Seton and Archie Moore." - The Art Life The prize receives over 500 submissions each year from Australian and International artists. Of those entries, approximately 40 are chosen as finalists. Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 18 October - 2 November 2014 Woollahra Municipal Council 536 New South Head Road Double Bay, New South Wales 2028
The delicate works of Kathryn Ryan will form part of an annual exhibition, opening this month in Abu Dhabi . 'No White Walls' is an artist-led initiative, made up of contemporary artists based in the United Arab Emirates. Their exhibition this year is part of a wider program to develop visual arts and culture throughout the Emirates. Better known for her breathtaking landscapes, Kathryn has focused more on the intricacies of her surroundings to inform the works in this exhibition.
"My artwork is inspired by the quality of light, mood and atmosphere in the landscapes and environment around me. The focus of my practice has shifted from vast views of the Australian landscape to the intimate details of nature, light & shadow, & Arabic Lanterns within my local environment in the UAE." - Kathryn Ryan
'No White Walls' opens on the 25th of September 2014 at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, and will run until the 1st of January 2015
For a preview of the show, including the works that Kathryn will contribute, click here
To visit the 'No White Walls' website, click hereFeatured image: Kathryn Ryan, Cypress Cluster, 2012, charcoal on paper, 52 x 72cm
Suburban domestic architecture fascinates Australian artists. Jenny Watson documented street views of five Melbourne houses in which she had lived, titling them by suburb, for example 'Mont Albert' (1975 - 77). Howard Arkley titled his depictions of suburban houseing ironically, including 'A Splendid Superior Home' (1989). In his first solo exhibition in London, held at the Fine Art Society Contemporary gallery, Paul Davies ups the architectural ante, depicting exteriors of archetypal modernist houses.
15 July 2014
27 June 2014
Art District XIII, in Delhi's Lado Sarai, may jostle for space with other galleries, but is different in its attitude. While number '13' challenges the conventional unlucky paradigm, the front road leads into canvases adorning the walls.
"Art must be accessible to you," says Kapil Chopra, president of the Oberoi Group and mentor, Art District XIII.
Stephen Bird has been included in ARTAND Australia's So hot right now? Contemporary ceramics and contemporary art.
The article, by Glenn Barkley, discusses the resurgence of ceramics in contemporary art and it's place in the contemporary art world. Barkley describes Bird's career progression, from formal training as a painter, to his move into ceramics in the 1990's. "... his work combining polished technical skill with wit and an element of the grotesque." - Glenn Barkley, ARTAND AustraliaPick up a copy of ARTAND Australia to read the article.
Interpreted by painters in many different ways, Modernism continues to be a compelling subject matter and muse that encourages artists to go beyond notions of simple representation and instead seek to evoke something more profound._continue reading
Australian artist Paul Davies first caught my eye earlier this year, with his atmospheric series of paintings which seductively draw you into a utopia that precariously balances between an unforgiving natural space and a built urban environment._continue reading
26 January 2014
Artist Paul Davies has a fascination with houses and architecture which he explores using stencils and painting. He's dressed down and paint-splattered when working in his Surry Hills studio, but come an exhibition opening, Davies is always one of the best dressed artists. Currently based in Sydney, where he is represented by Olsen Irwin gallery, Davies is moving to Los Angeles next month, where his signature casual and understated style will fit right in._continue reading
Leila Jeffreys' work 'Matilda' shines in the home of Merrick and Georgie Watts in the October issue of Real Living magazine. Jeffreys' photographs beautifully capture the personalities of each subject - from budgerigars to cockatoos and tawny frogmouths. Injecting charm and individuality into a space, living with a Jeffrey's work is like gaining a new member of the family. View available limited editions of 'Matilda' and other Leila Jeffreys' works here on our website.
'Scuse me, but I've got a head of Christ here'. 'Right ho- just drop it outside,' says a cheerful Nic Fiddian-Green to the white-van man delivering an enormous sculpture. We are standing in his freezing- cold, rickety Surrey studio. "It's a converted sheep-shearing shed,' he tells me. "When I first moved in, there were rotting carcasses everywhere.' The face of God incarnate being delivered isn't the oddest thing that happens during our meeting. Gale-force winds are shaking the studio like the tornado in The Wizard of Oz; 25-foot-tall horses's heads are dotted around; and, at one point, the proceedings are interrupted by a vicar coming in to bless the space._continue reading
"Sometimes disturbing, often complex, and always richly layered with imagery, Stephen Bird's plate and platter forms depict allegorical tales, contemporary world events, and personal histories juxtaposed in unnerving and unsettling ways." - Annie Woodford, Ceramic Review UK Stephen Bird spoke with Annie Woodford of Ceramic Review about the themes behind his most recent body of work and his multi-disciplinary approach. As a formally trained painter using ceramics as his canvas, Bird describes his work as "where 2D and 3D collide." Click here to read the whole interview._continue reading
30 July 2013
Amid the glass walls and muted tones of Docklands' commercial building clusters, something vibrant and altogether more organic has risen. A quivering sun, its rays unfurling in orange, pink and splotches of green across an immense canvas (six by eight metres) was installed at the weekend under the watchful eye of its creator, famed Australian artist John Olsen.