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Tim Olsen Son of the Brush Review and Interview

Living Arts Canberra
Barbie Robinson
2 December 2020

Described as a memoir, Son of the Brush does indeed introduce us to some of the key figures of the art world in Australia in the 20th and 21st century,  in the context of the life of the author, son of painter John Olsen.

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Image: Tim Olsen at the book launch, AGNSW Photo: Wesley Nel

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HOT OFF THE PRESS

The Sydney Morning Herald
Nicole Abadee
5 December 2020

Summer is upon us and the holidays beckon. What better way to further warm the heart than with a good book on the beach?

Son of the Brush, the frank memoir of Tim Olsen, John Olsen’s son, charts his tumultuous life from the highs of mixing with Australia’s artistic and social elite, to the lows of his battles with alcoholism and depression.

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Sophie Cape's exhibition 'Flash Point'

Richard Morecroft
November 2020

Sophie Cape’s paintings are elemental – seemingly made of fire and snow, earth and blood. And the truth is not far from that; the huge works are impregnated with the ash and soil and bones and metal fragments on the ground in the locations where the works were created. As a past Olympic-level athlete, Sophie’s process is explosively physical, with violently cathartic struggles on the canvas. But as she explains to Richard Morecroft, the controlled mark of her hand is in evidence too, with subtle drawing and mysterious calligraphy.

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Sophie Cape video tour

November - December 2020

Video tour of Sophie Cape's 2020 exhibition at OLSEN Gallery, Woollahra

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Tim Olsen on growing up with a famous father, artist John Olsen

Radio National
Hilary Harper on Life Matters
24 November 2020

John Olsen has been called "Australia's greatest living artist" but what was it like growing up within his orbit?
Art dealer and gallery owner Tim Olsen reflects on his childhood and life in a revealing and poignant memoir, 'Son of the Brush.

Guest: Tim Olsen, author of 'Son of the Brush'
Duration: 13min 8sec
Broadcast: Tue 24 Nov 2020, 9:26am

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Tim Olsen's memoir of life with his famous dad is a fascinating insight into the Sydney art world

Canberra Times
Sasha Grishin
21 November 2020

Tim Olsen is the son of the high profile artist, 92-year-old John Olsen. As painters of his father's generation considered themselves as "brothers of the brush", Tim Olsen, by extension, calls himself a "son of the brush". This is a personal memoir - lively, chatty and quite readable.

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Eva Nolan Exhibition Video

November 2020

Video tour of Eva Nolan exhibition at OLSEN Annexe, Woollahra in November 2020

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My father, my sadness: John Olsen's son paints a portrait

The Age
Helen O'Neill
12 November 2020

John Olsen is the subject of an explosive memoir penned by his son, who accuses the artist of multiple infidelities and building his creative career at the expense of the family he left behind.

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Tim Olsen on getting out from under the shadow of his famous father John: 'He’s not a demigod'

The Guardian
Susan Chenery
10 November 2020

John Olsen’s Australian landscapes captured the world’s imagination but to his son the artist was akin to a deity – until he wasn’t.

Where there is artistic acclaim there is often collateral damage. History is littered with redundant muses, discarded partners, children left behind. It can take a certain ruthlessness to live for art, in a heightened state of intensity, making it the only thing that matters.

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Sex, alcoholism, abandonment: growing up with Australia's most famous living painter

The Sydney Morning Herald
Helen O'Neill
5 November 2020

Review of Son of the Brush, A Memoir by Tim Olsen

Tim Olsen – international art dealer, philanthropist and newly minted memoirist – wants to show me a painting. Our location is his apartment, high above his gallery in the prosperous Sydney precinct of Woolahra, and the image depicts Lake Hindmarsh in western Victoria's Wimmera.

The 92-year-old who created this half a century ago is routinely described as Australia's greatest living painter. He is one of an elite stable of creatives represented by Olsen. More to the point, he's the art dealer's dad.

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Review: Son of the Brush

Queensland Reviewers Collective
Ian Lipke
5 November 2020

Inspiration guided the person who coined the title of this memoir. Son of the Brush allows the writer to give the reading public information about the writer’s famous father – his virtues and vices, likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses while making available information about himself, one of the recognized business leaders in Sydney. The Brush is John Olsen, the son is gallery owner Tim.

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Chris Langlois | Littoral Zone

Artist Profile
Emma-Kate Wilson
November 2020

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VIDEO TOUR OF GILES ALEXANDER EXHIBITION

October 2020

View video tour of the Giles Alexander 2020 exhibition

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Portrait of the piss artist as a young man

The Spectator
Ross Fitzgerald
19 October 2020

Being the son of the revered John Olsen has often been intriguing, and sometimes difficult.

Olsen, 92, is arguably Australia’s greatest living artist, and is still painting. His son, Tim, 58, the author of this fine memoir, runs one of Australia’s leading art galleries in Woollahra, Sydney.

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Paul Davies | Paradise with a Twist

Australian Financial Review
Stephen Todd
07/10/20

Paradise with a twist; 'Failed painter' Paul Davies creates artworks of uncanny architectural allure

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Jacqui Stockdale | Finalist in the National works on paper prize

MPRG
2020

Jacqui Stockdale's work The Borning Son, 2020 is a finalist in the National works on paper prize at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.


 

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VIDEO TOUR OF NICHOLAS HARDING EXHIBITION

October 2020

Video tour of the Nicholas Harding exhibition, From the Wings, showing at OLSEN Gallery September - 10 October 2020

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VIDEO TOUR OF FRED WILLIAMS EXHIBITION

September 2020

View video tour of the Fred Williams Guthega exhibition at OLSEN Gallery, Sydney 16 September - 10 October

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Beyond the sexy blockbuster lies the truth

The Australian
Christopher Allen
4.9.2020

Contemporary art needs more work like this: eloquent but not reducible to convenient and approved formulas.

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Art at work: Melinda Harper

Castlemaine Art Museum
June 2020

From exuberant and optical through to pensive and moody, Castlemaine based artist Melinda Harper’s abstraction is endlessly absorbing and uplifting. Inspired by her lived experience of the visual world, Harper’s small precise paintings, watercolours and embroideries are equally influenced by early 20th-century abstraction and mid-century modernists. We are delighted to say CAM is currently working with Melinda towards an exhibition at CAM in the not too distant future. Harper shares with us something of her working life in this email interview.

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