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John Olsen is one of Australia's greatest living artists. Here, his son, gallerist Tim Olsen, who helped curate a new retrospective, reflects on his bohemian childhood and gives a rare insight into his father's powerful ability and influence_continue reading
14 September 2016
If painting is dead, as some art critics say, nobody told John Olsen. "I'd like to know the time of death," he says with the brightest of glints in his eye. "I'm alive. So painting isn't dead."
At 88 years old and widely considered Australia's greatest living painter, Olsen is about to launch his largest ever retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria.
27 August 2016
I had hoped that by asking Tim Olsen to have Lunch with the AFR, we might discuss the state of the contemporary art market, the amusing and less amusing side of life as an art dealer and growing up as the son of one of Australia's most successful painters._continue reading
11 August 2016
One of the best exhibitions in Sydney at the moment is to be found not in the big museums but at the Olsen/Irwin Gallery in a quiet street in Woollahra. It is the work of Rex Irwin and reminds us of the loss his imminent retirement will represent: apart from anything else, he has been one of the only Sydney dealers with the expertise and contacts to present fine prints and drawings from the baroque to the modernist periods...._continue reading
2 April 2016
Guy Warren is adamant. He wants us to paddle a canoe in Sydney’s Middle Harbour. We’ve been talking about it for months. The cautious in me had suggested we hire a boat. After all, he is on the cusp of turning 95. The adventurous in Warren insists on the canoe. He quotes his friend, fellow artist and the subject of his 1985 Archibald Prize-winning portrait, Bert Flugelman: “If in doubt, jump!” ..._continue reading
30 March 2016
Guy Warren has inspired many other artists with his inventive and curious approach to the landscape and human form. An Archibald Prize winner, educator and respected painter, his contribution to Australia’s visual culture has been enormous. At 95, Guy Warren is about to have a much awaited special focus survey curated by Barry Pearce._continue reading
A Bay Area artist who goes by the name of Alphachanneling has
transformed his Instagram feed into a lush erotic jungle, teeming with
vines, petals, bodies, leaves, flesh, and other all natural pleasures.
I've been following Alphachanneling for a while now. I love to get lost in the psychedelic wilds where bodies go to play and touch and engage in extreme, sometimes divine, pleasure. Until recently, I assumed the artist was a woman, probably due to the softness of the images, the way they buzz with goddess magic.
Alphachanneling (Summer Show)
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..._continue reading
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...._continue reading
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._continue reading
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.
3 October 2015
Paul Davies cuts his stencils with the same kind of scalpel blade his ophthalmologist father uses to slice into eyes. The results are different of course. Davies junior's use of the scalpel is potentially far less messy and brings forth images that are apparently serene and seemingly two-dimensional. Yet the issue of redefining vision is the same. That is a theme that has defined this 36-year-old artist's career to this date. Born in Sydney, now living in Los Angeles, he often uses mid-20th-century modern architecture in his work yet says what is there is not what it seems._continue reading