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Alan Jones | Winner of UNSW Print Prize at the Paddington Art Prize

October 2017

Olsen Gallery wishes congratulations to Alan Jones, Winner of the UNSW Print Prize at the Paddington Art Prize for Painting 160 (Dunningham Reserve). 

Painting 160 (Dunnigham Reserve), 2017, acrylic on linen

For a full list of finalists click here. The Paddington Art Prize exhibition will be open to the public for viewing from Thursday October 12 until Sunday 22 October 2017.



The Australian
Emily Ritchie
13 October 2017

The fact an everyday object, such as a flower, can hold significant emotional importance and trigger memories forms the inspiration behind most of Sally Anderson’s work, including her winning entry in this year’s Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.

“Everyone has stories attached to things,” the 27-year-old Sydney artist said. “I’m fascinated by the brain and cognition and how we hold emotional weight within ­certain objects. It’s so interesting to me how objects or landscapes can hold memories and how those memories can change over time; it’s not fixed.”

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Sydney Morning Herald
Linda Morris
12 October 2017

Just one day after opening her first commercial solo exhibition in Sydney, artist Sally Anderson has won the 2017 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. The 27-year-old was awarded the prize, a three-month residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris and $40,000 in living and travel expenses, for her painting Dilling's Bromeliads with Gullfoss Falls, an intriguing pairing of landscape and still life.

Photo: Artist Sally Anderson: ''I'm fascinated by memory.'' Photo: Kate Geraghty

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Sally Anderson Beside the Point, Beside Myself, Beside You
the360mag.com
11 October 2017

OLSEN GRUIN is pleased to present “Ornithurae” a new selection of work by the Australian artist, photographer and environmentalist Leila Jeffreys.

Jeffreys has photographed native birds in her home country and the US (she was personally invited to shoot at Ojai Raptor Center, a sanctuary for wounded birds in California). Her unique work has featured everything from budgies to eagles; wrens to pigeons; cockatoos to hawks.

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Olsen Gruin and Brooke Shields invite you to the opening of
LEILA JEFFREYS
ORNITHURAE VOLUME 1
Opening: Friday 13 October, 5–8pm
Exhibition continues until 12th November

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Leila Jeffreys Ornithurae Volume 1

George Byrne | My Design Alley

October 2017

George Byrnetalks with My Design Alley about his latest exhibition, NEW ORDER, at OLSEN GRUIN   To view the full article please click here.




Best New Art Spaces to Visit This Fall

observer.com
Margaret Carrigan
28 September 2017

Opened in New York’s Nolita neighborhood in March 2017, this gallery is a collaboration between Tim Olsen, a former Sydney-based gallerist, Emerald Gruin and her partner, Adrian, who were previously involved with Rox Gallery that shuttered its Lower East Side space in 2014. Their roster of artists includes some of Australia’s biggest contemporary exports, including TV Moore, George Byrne and Leila Jeffreys, along with American artists such as KOAK. Their venue is also a platform for contemporary Aboriginal artists to reach U.S. markets, and they recently held a group show organized by Adam Knight, vice president of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia, featuring 15 artists. The gallery is presenting new works by Sydney-born, L.A.-based photographer George Byrne this fall.

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LAURA JONES | DUMBO FEATHER

September 2017

OLSEN Gallery  OLSEN gallery would like to congratulate Laura Jones. Laura Jones was recently named the feature artist for Dumbo Feather's climate change issues, in which she speaks about her time as an artist-in-residence at the Australian Museum Lizard Island Research Station. The article features Laura?s diary entries, where she documents her up-close experience of the Great Barrier Reef?s changing conditions. The feature also includes a podcast from their series That Time When, "where we chat with people about moments big or small that changed the course of their lives.
"Laura brings to life her experience of witnessing the Great Barrier Reef?s changing conditions, how she learnt to use her art as a form of activism and how she worked alongside science to interpret and bring attention to the problems that our planet is facing".
Below are links to both the article and the podcast. https://www.dumbofeather.com/articles/laura-jones-diary-reef/ https://www.dumbofeather.com/podcast/time-used-art-activism/    

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George Byrnes New Order Photographs Idealize LA Light

Observer.com
Alina Cohen
September 13, 2017

The clean lines and colorful, minimal shapes in George Byrne’s photographs belie the busy, messy time in Los Angeles that led to their making. The Australian-born Byrne arrived in the city in 2010, after years of traveling. “I was personally in a very strange place when I got here,” he says. “No idea what I was doing with my life.”

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George Byrne New Order
My Design Alley
Hande Renshaw
Sep 13, 2017

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George Byrne's photographic work makes my heart skip a beat. Using the urban Los Angeles landscape as his canvas, George captures forms and colour into unique compositions so they have an incredible alchemy and depth. His latest exhibition, NEW ORDER, includes twelve new works, capturing new compositions of color and geometric forms on the streets of LA - once again taking the ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary.

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George Byrne New Order
My Design Alley
Hande Renshaw
Sep 9, 2017

Stephen Ormandy has a way with colour. His bold and graphic paintings are strongly influenced by the natural world with a focus on colour and organic forms. His large scale oil paintings and cultural work are a synergy of line, shape and surface all working beautifully in harmony. For Stephen, colour is ''pure joy'' and his latest exhibition at the Olsen Gruin gallery is no exception.

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Stephen Ormandy
Goings On About Town, The New Yorker
Art: Galleries-Downtown
September 2017

OLSEN GRUIN NEW YORK 

Six hard-edged paintings of curvy forms by the Australian artist and designer, who is making his New York solo début, evoke otherworldly figures and landscapes.

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Stephen Ormandy
Dumbo Feather
3 September 2017

Laura brings to life her experience of witnessing the Great Barrier Reef’s changing conditions, how she learnt to use her art as a form of activism and how she worked alongside science to interpret and bring attention to the problems that our planet is facing.

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Jones Magazine
Georgina Safe
August 2017

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George Byrne New Order
Artforum
Tausif Noor
August 2017

The sad-clown painting functions as a sort of postmodern joke: an ironic gesture that dives into bad taste while subtly nodding to art history—the clown’s origins can be traced back to the stock character Pierrot of the commedia dell’arte, after all. Wesley Martin Berg’s paintings of clowns are informed by this tradition, but he also imbues his subjects with a solemn grace.

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Wesley Martin Berg & Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri On view (Summer Show)
The Weekend Australian
Lisa Allen
August 19 2017

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/home-design/prestige-property/the-artistic-impulse-inside-tim-olsens-woollahra-home/news-story/3f45eb5acb00984a6702085c93a12a22

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Vogue Magazine
Francesca Wallace
16 August 2017

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Paul Davies
Sydney Morning Herald
Linda Morris
14/8/2017

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Art Zealous
Michael Wolf
August 7, 2017

Olsen Gruin gallery first opened its doors on the Lower East Side less than a year ago. Since then, it has already outgrown its original space and is relocating to a new gallery space on Orchard St. that is three times the size of the current location. Olsen Gruin Gallery is the collaborative venture of Tim Olsen and Emerald and Adrian Gruin.

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JUZ KITSON | Finalist in the 2017 Wynne Prize

July 2017

OLSEN gallery is pleased to announce Juz Kitson's That which provides safety and the possibility of growth, that which you can put your trust in, 2017 has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Wynne Prize.   

Image: Juz Kitson, That which provides safety and the possibility of growth, that which you can put your trust in, 2017

"This installation is a heady mix of artefact and disturbing viscera, a kind of contemporary shamanism, playing with representations and perceptions of the human and animal condition." "The universal language here represents the outsider versus the insider, acceptance and isolation, connection and displacement ? a theme that is constant in the lives of people living in remote areas, though is ultimately united by the human condition." "The juxtaposition of inanimate materials is suggestive of the cycle of life. It also creates the sense that the work is alive, in an ironic way, as all living things decay." Juz Kitson, 2017 The Wynne Prize winner is to be announced on Friday July 28th 2017.



ALAN JONES | Finalist in the 2017 WYNNE Prize

July 26, 2017

Congratulations are in order for Alan Jones for his selection as a finalist in the 2017 Wynne Prize for his painting Painting 218 (The Domain), 2016.
"This landscape is a reflection of everyday life. It depicts a walk that I took to the Art Gallery of New South Wales with my son. It had just stopped raining and the sun was reflecting on the wet trees and pathway, creating a silvery light." "I enjoyed experimenting with collage to produce this work. It is one of the more abstract landscapes I have produced. It felt free from formal constraints. I worked quickly and intensely on each assembled piece. Applying thin acrylic washes to raw plywood added an element of unpredictability and immediacy, like working in a sketchpad."
Alan Jones, 2017

The Wynne Prize winner is to be announced on Friday July 28th 2017.