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Vogue Australia
Sophie Tedmanson
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...

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Sydney Morning Herald
Janet Hawley
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....

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John Olsen at the Opera House

SOH Talks and Ideas
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.

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Tim Olsen discuss the Art Market on the Switzer Report

For a look at how the art market is performing, Tim Olsen from Olsen Irwin Gallery joins Switzer TV

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The Style of Mrs V

What is the 'Art of Living?' Tim Olsen sits down with Scarlett Zola Vespa, host of The Style of Mrs V, along with Nancy Pilcher and Mickey Robertson to discuss their outlook on how they balance the art of living.

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Smithsonian
Jeff Campagna
3 Nov 2015

Australian portrait photographer Leila Jeffreys does an uncanny job of capturing her subjects’ personalities. Her subjects just happen to be the feathered kind. 

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The Times Magazine
Monique Rivalland
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.

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Sophie Cape - Into the Shadows

The Sydney Morning Herald - Spectrum
John McDonald
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.

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Museum Magazine
Laura Bannister
8 October 2015

Museum visits the ceramics studio of Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize finalist Stephen Bird.

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cfile
Robyn Phelan
September 2015

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.

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Art Almanac
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.

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Sydney Morning Herald
Ella Rubeli
21 September 2015

Guy Warren denies being Australia's oldest working and exhibiting artist, but he's willing to concede that he may be our best looking. At the grand age of 94, he still paints and draws several days a week in his Leichhardt studio.

"I feel 40," he says. "What the hell, age doesn't really matter."

In the past 18 months, Warren has been travelling in Ecuador, Alice Springs and remote NSW. The Dust of Memory, his exhibition of landscape paintings drawn from his travels, opens this weekend at Olsen Irwin Galleries.

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Storm could not wash away inspiration

Daily Telegraph
Elizabeth Fortescue
27 August 2015

AIn April this year, the day after Sydney's spectacular storms, artist Alan Jones arrived at his Alexandria studio to find 17 of his new paintings floating in melted hail.

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Australian Financial Review
Simon Gregg
15 August 2015

This artist, who died In England in March, left a legacy of work that identifies him as one of the most significant Australian landscape painters.

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SMH Daily Life
Georgina Safe
9 August 2015

Many people find the concrete and glass sprawl of LA to be ugly and isolating, but Paul Davies sees the city as a work of art. "You have this incredible built environment of modernist architecture right within a natural environment of sunshine, canyons and oceans," he says. "You can't help but be inspired."

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Sydney Morning Herald
Elissa Blake
May 26 2015

When the painter meets the musician this week at the Vivid Sydney festival, it will be a meeting of the senses.

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Independent
Frank Field
13 May 2015

Delafield Cook's name was put firmly on the British art map when Elton John bought almost an entire show.

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Sydney Morning Herald
Rose Powell
May 2015

Julian Meagher's latest exhibition is oddly contemplative for a painted study of masculinity and Australia's drinking culture, especially by someone whose main training was in medicine.

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Australian Art Collector
Camilla Wagstaff
May 2015

On the back of a sell out show at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles, Julian Meagher returns to his hometime of Sydney for his debut exhibition at Olsen Irwin, Drinking with the other Sun.
The exhibition extends on notions of ritual, identity and masculinity from previous bodies of work, exploring Australian identity and its emergence from imperial roots. A suite of still lifes feature robust native fauna juxtaposed by delicate images of the English rose - pointing to the British influence of our national identity- set in intricate compositions of meticulously arranged, reclaimed glass bottles.
The still lives are couples with portraits of the decedents of key figures in Australian history. Meagher’s soft, intimate approach to these works probes notions of personal versus collecting history and inheritance.
Meagher originally trained as a doctor, choosing to leave the world of medicine to pursue a career in art following a period of study in Florence. His unique watercolour- esque style somewhat reflects the traditional oil portraiture techniques he learned at this time; he applied multiple thin glazes over many sittings. One can see elements of his original training too, in his precise execution and a careful, specimen-like treatment of his subjects.

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The Australian
Justin Burke
April 11-12th 2015

‘I have never feared failure,” says Anh Do, glancing up at one of his thick-layered paintings in his studio on the NSW south coast. “My father took us from Vietnam across to Australia — 40 people on a 9m-long fishing boat — and if he failed, 40 people including his wife and two baby children are dead. So I ask myself: if I fail at painting, are 40 people going to die? No? Then just move ­forward and have a go.”

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