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Michelle Cawthorn selected as finalist for inaugural Splash McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award

November 2018

Congratulations to Michelle Cawthorn for being selected as a finalist for the 2018 inaugural Splash McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery in Victoria.
Held every three years, the inaugural $30,000 Splash: McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award has been established to showcase Australian artists who work in the medium of watercolour. It is an acquisitive award enabled by the Fornari Bequest, by the Will of the late Lena May Fornari, and is a legacy of her support of the arts in Victoria. Lena May was an ardent collector of watercolours and the first acquisitions through this Bequest were significant watercolour paintings. Continuing this tradition, Splash presents the work of contemporary Australian artists who use this medium in highly accomplished and innovative ways:
The Award will be judged by Linda Michael, independent curator and editor, with one highly commended work judged by Samantha Comte, Curator, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne.

Featured work: Golden Hole - (left) - 1000 + extra ball 2018 pen, watercolour, graphite, white gouache, liquid graphite, indian ink, acrylic on paper 79 x 79cm
Exhibition dates:
1 December 2018 to 17 March 2019



Congratulations to Michelle Cawthorn for her selection as a finalist in Fischer Ghost Award

November 25, 2018

Congratulations to Michelle Cawthorn for being selected as a finalist for the 2018 Fischer Ghost Award. The Fisher's Ghost Art Award is now in its 55th year and has over $30,000 in prize money. The Award coincides with Campbelltown's annual Festival of Fisher's Ghost. 

Featured work: The Bubbler - Jackpot 2018 pen, watercolour, graphite, white gouache, iquid graphite, Indian ink and acrylic on Hahnem?hle paper 158 x 216 cm



Congratulations to Michelle Cawthorn for her selection as a Bundanon Artist-in-Residence

November 2018

Congratulations to Michelle Cawthorn for being selected as a 2019 Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence. The Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program is open to professional artists and thinkers from all disciplines, individually or in groups. The residency is hosted in a purpose-built studio in Shoalhaven River on the south coast of New South Wales. Each year around 350 artists are chosen for the Residency program. 




Sophie Cape at OLSEN Gallery opening

November 2018

Sophie Cape at the opening of her latest exhibition Maelstrom, November 2018 Part 1 of 2

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Laura Jones in conversation with Anne Ryan, AGNSW

November 2018

Laura Jones in conversation with Anne Ryan, Curator from the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Speaking at her exhibition of Works on Paper at OLSEN Gallery Annexe, November 2018 Part 1 of 2.

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The logic of beauty - The art of Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy

Exhibition catalogue from Newcastle Art Gallery
Essay by Dr Andrew Frost
November 2018

Our paths first crossed at art school in the early 1980s. As I was beginning my final undergraduate year at what was then City Art Institute [now UNSW Art & Design] Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy arrived in first year and seemed to be, even then, fully formed identities. Louise was of course a part of the Olsen family, well known bunyip art royalty, and Stephen, perhaps not so well known, but with the look and apparent confidence of a mid-80s rock star.

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Rhys Lee: Good Boy and Kevin Bourgeois: Wall of Sound

The Brooklyn Rail
Jonathan Goodman
November 19, 2018

 In these two shows gallery visitors have the opportunity to view two very different, but very gifted artists. Rhys Lee is an Australian artist in his early forties; this show examples a series of paintings based on a 1970s New York City subway cartoon, made by graffiti artist Mitch 77, of an orange Pluto (the cartoon dog) wearing white gloves and a blue bowtie. Kevin Bourgeois is a New York-based, musically oriented artist whose work here consists of record jackets assembled with pieces taken from different covers.

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A Good Boy and a Wall of Sound at Olsen Gruin Gallery

Quiet Lunch
Kurt McVey
November 14, 2018

There isn’t much time left to catch one of the best two-person shows on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, or more accurately, two unique, but not so disparate exhibitions; Kevin Bourgeois’ Wall of Sound and Rhys Lee’s Good Boy, both seamlessly coexisting inside Olsen Gruin Gallery and coming down Sunday, November 18th.

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Nganampa Ngura Kurunjara opening

31 October 2018

NGANAMPA NGURA KURUNJARA - THE PLACE OF OUR SPIRIT exhibition opening video featuring indigenous dance routine. Exhibited from 31 October 2018 - 18 November 2018. Featuring George Tjangili, Wawiriya Burton, Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin, Ngupulya Pumani, Manyitjanu Lennon, George Witjiti, Ken Sister's Collaborative, Mitakiki Woman's Collaborative, The Watarru Collaborative, Alec Baker, Maringka Baker, Pepai Jangala Carroll, Matjangka Norris, Betty Muffelr, Imitjala Curley, Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Mick Wikilyiri, Barbara Moore, Yaritji Young, Taylor Cooper and Michelle Lewis.

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Noah Taylor - Fascination - installation video

26 October 2018

Video footage of the OLSEN Annexe Noah Taylor exhibition, from 26 October to 15 November 2018. Features Noah working on the artworks, exhibition installation. OLSEN Annexe, 74 Queen Street Woollahra NSW 2025.

Noah Taylor (born London, 1969) has worked in a variety of mediums, including performance in film and music as well as visual arts, since the early 1980s. Politically and artistically he is aligned with both the stuckist and neo-situationist movement, if in sentiment only. Taylor currently divides his time between Brighton, England and New Orleans, USA.

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"Wall of Sound" by Kevin Bourgeois at Olsen Gruin, New York

BLOUIN ARTINFO
October 24, 2018

Self-taught artist Kevin Bourgeois' solo exhibition, "Wall of Sound" features a curated selection of conceptual record jacket collages that present visuals inspired by Phil Spector's philosophies on sound mixing.

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'Rhys Lee: Good Boy' at Olsen Gruin, New York

BLOUIN ARTINFO
October 24, 2018

Melbourne-based painter Rhys Lee comes from a background of street art. His latest, vibrant oil paintings featuring abstracted graffiti-inspired figures in sumptuous "gelato colors" grace the walls of Olsen Gruin in the current solo exhibition, "Good Boy," on view through November 18.

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Soho House DTLA Warehouse to Feature Original Paul Davies Mural

The Hollywood Reporter
Jordan Riefe
October 19, 2018

Paul Davies is selected to paint a 17x7 foot mural at the Soho House's new DTLA Warehouse set to open in spring 2019.

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Zoe Young wins Portia Geach Memorial Award 2018

October 2018

Congratulations to Zoe Young who has won the $30,000 Portia Geach Memorial Award for 2018. The judging panel included: Samantha Meers, Art Gallery of New South Wales trustee; Natalie Wilson, curator of Australian and Pacific art at AGNSW; and director of S.H Ervin Gallery Jane Watters.
The Portia Geach is vital for female artists across the country and has provided a much-needed platform to display the work of young, emerging artists alongside that of established painters whose work I greatly admire. The award gives me the support to progress my artistic practice and I look forward to creating my next body of work. - Zoe Young

Works by all 50 finalists are on view at the S.H. Ervin Gallery until 2 December.



Paul Davies

Soho House magazine
Charlotte Steinway
October 2018

Paul Davies, LA-based Australian artist known for his Modernist houses and bold landscapes. 

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Leila Jeffreys 'Ornithurae'

October 2018

Video art 'Ornithurae' by Leila Jeffreys, accompanying her 2017 exhibition 'Ornithurae Volume 1' shown at Olsen Gruin Gallery, NYC. The work is a limited edition of 6 only, to purchase please contact Olsen Gallery on +61 2 9327 3922.

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ZOE YOUNG | Mosman Art Prize Margaret Olley Award

September 2018

Congratulation to Zoe Young for winning the "Margaret Olley" award at the Mosman Art Prize. This years judge was Cressida Campbell and here is her Judges report.   

WINNER MARGARET OLLEY COMMENDATION AWARD
Zoe Young
Winter Soundtrack // 99 Luftballoons, 2018 acrylic on Belgium linen 120 x 140cm




The Men We Have Become Episode 2 - Tim Olsen

The King's School
September 2018

In this second episode of our new series, we explore the life of Tim Olsen and discover that its possible to look at our School through a different prism and that our values might be made not for our boys to conform to, but to have as touchstones in their journey through life.

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Spectrum
Elissa Blake
March 27-28, 2010

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W Editors Blog
Timothy McCahill
May 2, 2011

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