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Recent Works: in conversation with John OlsenRussh
20 December 2019
John Olsen, Australia’s most revered living artist, unveiled a suite of new works this month at his son’s Olsen Gallery. A formidable presence in the art world for over six decades, Olsen shows little sign of slowing down. Simply titled Recent Works, his new exhibition includes sprawling landscapes, nuanced studies of animal life and intimate paintings based on the artist’s passion for food and cooking. Now 91, Olsen is a painter who has forever changed how Australians see their country and its landscapes. After immersing himself in the art scenes of Paris and Spain, Olsen returned to Australia in 1960 – creating the first of his hugely influential works, based on a unique vision of the outback and its endless flux.
John Olsen Recent Works
John OlsenArtist Profile
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._view online (external link)
John Olsen Recent Works
Exhibition of New Works by Australian Photographic Artist Leila Jeffreys Opens at Olsen GruinArt Daily
December 19, 2019
Revisiting the world of the Budgerigar – the subject of her first solo exhibition some nine years ago – Leila Jeffreys’ High Society includes her signature large format portraits and sees her exploring new territory._continue reading
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Leila Jeffreys High Society
Stephen Bird | National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design | OsloJuly 2013
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._view online (external link)
Paul Davies six-by-18-foot acrylic painting at SOHO Warehouse LAFortune Magazine
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."
Anna-Wili Highfield on her artist practice, social media and her new exhibition CompanionsVogue
12 November 2019
Ahead of her exhibition, artist Anna-Wili Highfield chats to Vogue.
Sydney-born artist Anna-Wili Highfield, who most recently showed her work at the Olsen Gruin Gallery in New York City, is gearing up for her first solo exhibition in an Australian commercial gallery.
The sculptor, who deploys materials like paper and wax to create animal and nature-inspired pieces, will present her exhibition Companions at the Olsen Gallery in Sydney’s Woollahra on Thursday, November 14.
Ahead of the exhibition, Vogue chatted to the artist whose commissions have transcended the art world (Highfield counts luxury fashion and jewellery houses Hermès and Tiffany & Co. as just some of her clients) about her inspirations, her interests in natural phenomena and what she’s working on next.
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Anna-Wili Highfield Companions
Bo Droga | Miami Dominoes has been selected as one of 26 Successful World Wide Street Art ProjectsNovember 2019
"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
Laura Jones calls Port Macquarie home for Glasshouse Artist in Residency programPort Macquarie News
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.
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Michelle Cawthorn visiting scholar and artist in residence at ANU School of Art and Design, CanberraOctober 2019
Tim Summerton Collab with Four Pillars Christmas GinOctober 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.
Jacqui Stockdale | Finalist in Bowness Photography Prize at the MGAOctober 2019
OLSEN Gallery artist Jacqui Stockdale is a finalist in the 2019 Bowness Photography Prize with her work Duel of the Mount 1.
The Bowness Photography Prize has become an important survey of contemporary photographic practice and one of the most prestigious prizes in the country, providing Australian artists with the opportunity to exhibit at one of Australia's leading public galleries. Since 2017 the prize has been acquisitive and the $30,000 cash prize awarded to the winner ensures that it continues to provide a significant boost to an artist's career. The Sotheby's Australia People's Choice Award has been doubled this year from $2,500 to $5,000.
The shortlist for the 2019 Bowness Photography Prize reveals artists continued fascination with exploring and pushing the boundaries of the photographic medium, embracing its capacity to explore a diversity of voices and perspectives.
The exhibition will run from 5 October - 17 November 2019, at the Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road WHEELERS HILL VIC 3150.
Hollywood Reporter 'First Look inside soho warehouse in downtown LA'October 2019
"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._view online (external link)