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The King's School - The Men We Have Become Episode 2 - Tim Olsen

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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Olsen Gruin NY Dale Frank walk through 2018

Walk through of the Dale Frank exhibition at OLSEN GRUIN NY, September 2018.
Footage by Adam Weinberg , DOP

Related exhibition: DALE FRANK

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So Fine: Fiona McMonagle

Contemporary Women Artists make Australian history

National Portrait Gallery
Fiona McMonagle
July 2018


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Interview: Paul Davies (Hong Kong Tatler, 2013)

The Australian artist shares his story behind the graphic nature of his architectural masterpiece.

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A great Australian artist John Olsen

John Olsen, is a lover of many things: people, food, literature, and the natural world. Above all, Olsen is a lover of art and life. Listen in as Olsen tells stories of his life, work and an enduring passion for capturing the spirit of the Australian landscape.

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The You Beaut Country, National Gallery of Victoria

John Olsen: The You Beaut Country offers an unparalleled opportunity to examine Olsen?s consummate place in Australian art history. His You beaut country series, which followed his return to Australia in 1960 after three years travelling in Europe, began what would be a lifelong interest in representing the landscape and Australian identity. These works are presented alongside his more recent paintings, prints and watercolours, including those inspired by the filling of Lake Eyre. The exhibition reveals an artist who at 88 years of age has lost none of his passion for his subject matter, nor his creative vitality and retains a unique ability to capture the spirit of the Australian landscape.

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Butt Naked Salon

An evocation of a bohemian art salon that merges music, live drawing and painting. Australian Artist Alan Jones paints the walls of Yellow House while Sydney Art Quartet perform Schubert, Sculthorpe & Finzi with Musings from Tim Olsen.

Related exhibition: ALAN JONES BUTT NAKED SALON II

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The Fitzpartick-Leland House

Paul Davies talks about The Fitzpatrick-Leland House.
Mak Centre for Art and Architecture 2017.

Related exhibition: Paul Davies

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Mark Reddie ABC News Breakfast "Robert Klippel exhibition"

Mark Reddie interviewing Tim Olsen on ABC News Breakfast about the upcoming Robert Klippel exhibition at Sydney Contemporary 2017.

Related exhibition: Sydney Contemporary Olsen Stand F01 - Colour and Form

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TV Moore - Double Take: Anne Landa Award 2009

TV Moore - Double Take: Anne Landa Award 2009

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Laura Jones in Conversation

Talking art education with Laura Jones, Steven Alderton and Andrew Frost. James Valentine interviews them on his ABC TV series The Mix.  



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AUSTRALIAN STORY: Adrenaline Brush: Sophie Cape

Described as more like a “rock star” than a painter, Sophie Cape never wanted to be an artist.

A former elite athlete, she was destined for the Olympic Games in two separate sports — first as a downhill ski racer and then as a track cyclist — but her sporting career was shattered after suffering catastrophic injury and undergoing controversial “experimental” body-modification surgery intended to ease her pain and help her performance.

Left physically and psychologically traumatised, Sophie Cape then transformed herself into one of Australia’s most celebrated young artists. It’s a profession she has long resisted, as both her mother Ann Cape and her grandmother the late Gwenna Welch are highly regarded artists. But now Sophie Cape has no doubt about becoming the third generation artist in her family: “Art saved me.”



Related exhibition: Sophie Cape Slaughterhouse Road

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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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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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LATELINE: John Olsen returns to his hometown, Newcastle

Now at the age of 88, John Olsen has gone home. Arguably Australia's most successful living artist, he is back in the city of Newcastle where he grew up during the Depression. To honour the memories of his early life, he is about to embark on one of his most significant works. It is set to rival his acclaimed 'Salute To Five Bells' mural at the Sydney Opera House.

Philippa McDonald joined John Olsen on his nostalgic return to the Hunter.

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Guy Warren

At the age of 94, artist Guy Warren still paints and draws several days a week. Interviewed in his Leichhardt studio, the Archibald winning painter reflects on a 75 year career.

Related exhibition: Guy Warren New Paintings

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Sophie Cape in conversation with Richard Morecroft, July 2014

Sophie Cape in conversation with broadcaster Richard Morecroft discussing the exhibition 'Shadows of White - From Shaolin to Everest'. 

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The King Sun: John Olsen, ABC

In March 2013, John Olsen, one of Australia’s greatest living artists, embarked on the second largest mural of his career. He was 85 years old.

In The King Sun, director Tony Williams and producer Anna Hewgill follow the progress of John Olsen’s mural from the arrival of the 8 blank panels to the transportation, delivery and installation of the giant painting in the Collins Square development in Melbourne.

The film is a record of a great Australian at work on possibly his final mural. It’s also an uplifting exploration of a life in art, and a reflection on mortality, optimism and happiness.

The filmmakers take us inside Olsen’s Southern Highland home where Olsen opens up about the eastern philosophies and techniques that have guided his practice, and we hear from Olsen’s wife, son and daughter. John Olsen is in the autumn of his life and in The King Sun he reflects on what he was like as a younger man. We flash back to archival footage of John as a young, vigorous and driven artist working on Salute to Five Bells, and winning the Archibald. And we see how much he has mellowed with time.
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The King Sun: John Olsen screened Tuesday 17 June at 10pm on ABC1.


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Noah Taylor 'New Works' Exhibition Opening, June 2014

Claudia Karvan opened Noah Taylor's exhibition of new works at Olsen Irwin Works on Paper, Small Paintings and Sculpture on Saturday 7 June 2014.

Related exhibition: Noah Taylor New Works

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The Sky Still Breaks

The Sydney based painter is well known for his subject matter surrounding modern day masculinity. Using oils as if they were delicate watercolours, this new body of work emerged from a chance encounter with a scuba diver hunting for discarded longnecks that litter Sydney Harbour.
Director Roma D'Arrietta's promo, shot in the artist's studio, responds to Meagher's interest in the Australian male psyche's position in the shadow of the bottle.

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John Olsen - King Sun 7:30

"At 85 years young, John Olsen may have created one of his most monumental paintings in a physically-demanding project, complete with dramatic health scare, that has re-energised him." - 7:30, ABC

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Chris Langlois - Points in Time

The work of contemporary landscape artist Chris Langlois is being celebrated with a major touring survey ‘Points in Time‘. The exhibition was developed by Gippsland Art Gallery and Manly Art Gallery and Museum and will tour 6 of Australia’s best regional galleries in 2013 and 2014. In this documentary, filmed for the exhibition, Langlois shares his thoughts on his work and the exhibition – giving insight into his concepts, working process and studio.

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Nic Fiddian-Green New Works 2013

Nic Fiddian-Green ‘s current exhibition at Olsen Irwin has been captured in a stunning film by director Robert Scott. Scott was so taken with the exhibition, he was even inspired to compose a piece of music for the film, which ” I hope reflects the power and fragility of these beautiful works.” – Robert Scott.

Related exhibition: Nic Fiddian-Green New Works

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Polychromatism. The Art of Stephen Ormandy

“Polychromatism. The art of Stephen Ormandy” directed by Mario Sanasi takes us into Stephen Ormandy’s studio and gives us direct insight into his work, process and techniques.

Photographic collages form the basis for many of Ormandy’s works – “I cut shapes from coloured pieces of paper – I arrange them looking for rhythms of tone, colour, form. I then photograph it and move on and I can work very quickly and it allows me to take a lot of photographs in a very intense period of time”. Similarly his sculpture also stems from the notion of collage. Ormamdy’s sculptures are essentially 3D collages formed from an “alphabet of shapes”.

Discussing what it is to be an artist, Ormandy says, “To be able to self edit and be self critical is crucial [...] You have to be your worst critic – it’s really important.”

Related exhibition: Stephen Ormandy Polychromatism

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Olsen Irwin Video - Paul Davies "Flattening Sublime" exhibition drawings slideshow

“The studio was a 10-minute walk from Notre Dame so every morning I would get up, get a coffee and walk over to Notre Dame and sketch, or sketch in the street. It was such a fantastic experience."

Paul Davies discussing the sketches in his latest show in Lisa Carapiet-Fanous' article, 'Life, captured' (Australian Financial Review, June 7, 2013

Related exhibition: Paul Davies Flattening Sublime

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Noah Taylor - Artist Encounters

Noah Taylor gives an indepth look into his inspirations and his imagination behind his highly successful exhibition in 2013

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ABC '7.30 Report' featuring Jo Bertini

As flooding rains top up rivers running through the arid heart of the continent all the way to Lake Eyre tourists are flocking to witness the rare occurrence. Artist Jo Bertini recounts her experiences with a landscape that constantly inspires and excites.

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John Olsen relives love of Lake Eyre, ABC 7.30 Report

John Olsen, Australia's greatest living painter talks to the ABC 7.30 report about his latest body of work Lake Eyre - The Desert Sea, Ruminations on a Empty Landscape. This latest collection of watercolours, a very personal reflection of an ever-changing landscape that Olsen has visited since the 1970's, depicts the results of the recent flooding to the area and the new life that follows. This episode features interviews John Olsen, his gallerist-son Tim Olsen, grandson James and two young artists Luke Sciberras and Guy Maestri fly across the Lake as well as an interview by Edmund Capon, Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Related exhibition: JOHN OLSEN: Lake Eyre Ruminations on an Empty Landscape

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Tim Olsen on John Olsen 'Culinaria'

We are blessed with the deliciously tasty Culinaria - The Cuisine of the Sun. An explosive feast that celebrates life and the human experience. Tim Olsen reflects on John Olsen's latest exhibition.

Related exhibition: John Olsen Culinaria - The Cuisine of the Sun

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Art Nation, featuring John Olsen and the exhibition Culinaria with Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein

This Art Nation episode features John Olsen and the exhibition Culinaria with Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein. John Olsen discusses his theories on painting food, as his memories of travel and cooking melt together to celebrate food, art and good company. Rick Stein comments on the exhibition, whilst Jamie Oliver get's involved with cooking up a feast for a delighted artistic audience.

Related exhibition: John Olsen Culinaria - The Cuisine of the Sun

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Arts Sunday with Guy Maestri

2009 Archibald Prize winner, Guy Maestri talk to ABC1 Sunday Arts. An intimate discussion of his work and process from within his studio. Examines his early aspirations, the Archibald win, and the direction his work is taking. Includes interviews the artist's father and fellow studio artist, Celia Gullett. 

Related exhibition: Guy Maestri Google Earth 2009

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Tim Olsen at Coco Republic on Collecting Art

Tim Olsen talks in Coco Republic's popular lecture series on collecting art.  Olsen provides some great insights into forming a collection, what to look for and some traps to avoid.

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Sunday with Andrew Taylor

US based Australian artist Andrew Taylor talks to Chanel Nine's 'Sunday' program about his exhibition 'Inside/ Outside', his first show with the Tim Olsen Gallery in 2007.  Esteemed curator Nick Waterlow and gallery owner Tim Olsen discuss the Eastern sensibility inherent in his painting.  Taylor also explains his motivation to evoke stillness in his artmaking in a rapidly moving world where digital images flood our vision.

Related exhibition: Andrew Tayor Inside/Outside

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An Interview with Michael Johnson

Internationally recognised abstract painter talks to Tim Olsen about the inspiration and the unique language employed in his recent work.  Includes archival footage of Johnson experimenting with pigments in the landscape and rare glimpses into his Sydney studio.

Related exhibition: Michael Johnson New Paintings 2009

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Paul Davies 2008

Paul Davies has dedicated the past five years to refining subjects based on the distinctive use of architectural facades and interiors; inspired by bold colours and minimal designs prevalent in 1970s modernism. Prior to his 2008 exhibition at Tim Olsen Gallery, Paul Davies talks to Tim Olsen about his work and inspiration, from his Surry Hills studio through to his opening night.

Related exhibition: Paul Davies New Paintings 2008

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Philip Hunter - Lines in the Dirt

John Olsen opens the critically acclaimed Philip Hunter 2008 exhibition. Olsen praises the quality of the painting and comments on Hunter’s position as the head of the new guard of artists re-interpreting our response to the land.

Related exhibition: Philip Hunter Lines in the Dirt 2008

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John Olsen - A Salute to Sydney

John Olsen's exhibition 'Salute to Sydney: Olsen at Eighty' opened to tremendous acclaim in November 2007 and signalled the official opening of the new Tim Olsen Gallery on Jersey Rd. Tim hosted a red carpet gala event that was attended by many Olsen devotees together with notable artists, actors, writers and television personalities.

John Olsen's exhibition 'Salute to Sydney: Olsen at Eighty' opened to tremendous acclaim in November 2007 and signalled the official opening of the new Tim Olsen Gallery on Jersey Rd. Tim hosted a red carpet gala event that was attended by many Olsen devotees together with notable artists, actors, writers and television personalities.

Long time friend and director of the Art Gallery of NSW Edmund Capon opened the exhibition that marks an important shift in Olsen's paintings from the vast dry interior to Sydney's harbour and beaches.  In the excerpt of the evenings events John Olsen also reflects on his childhood spent on Sydney's shores that provides the central motivation for this beautiful collection of paintings.

Filmed and edited by Noah Hutchison of artcine.com.au

Related exhibition: John Olsen A Salute to Sydney 2007

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Luke Sciberras - ABC 7.30 Report

Luke Sciberras talks to the ABC 7.30 Report about his work and inspiration. Includes footage at his latest opening, interviews with Luke and the artist at work.

Excerpt only. Full interview DVD available from the Gallery.

Related exhibition: Luke Sciberras Persimmon Season 2007

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Tim Olsen talks with Maggie Tabberer

The Biography Channel

Maggie Tabberer in her landmark series Maggie... At Home visits the homes of various Australian celebrities and to discuss their lives, careers, tragedies, and triumphs.  In this episode Tim Olsen speaks candidly about his life, family and collecting art.

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Philip Hunter FLATLANDS

Melbourne based artist Philip Hunter discusses with Tracee Hutchison his unique interpretation of and relationship with the Australian landscape. Hunter draws his inspiration from Wimmera, in North – Western Victoria where he grew up.

The Wimmera region plays a special role in Australian Art. Sydney Nolan and Arthur Boyd both produced seminal works based within this region. Hunter’s paintings draw upon a narrative that creates a fusion between Indigenous and European interpretations of the Australian landscape. Hunter has developed a language through his paintings that redefine a relationship to a sense of place.

More recently Hunter has embraced the challenge of responding to the indefinable qualities of the Australian landscape. Hutchinson addresses these concerns at the 2004 Melbourne International Art Fair in the Tim Olsen Gallery Stand.

Excerpt only. Full interview DVD available from the Gallery

Filmed and edited by Noah Hutchison of artcine.com.au

Related exhibition: Philip Hunter Flatlands 2004

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John Olsen - Australia's Wandering Minstral

Channel 9 Sunday Program

This wonderful documentary produced by Catherine Hunter and presented by Max Cullen investigates John's enduring passion for the Australian landscape. John revisits Lake Eyre after many years with artist and friend Tim Storrier and discusses his deep love for the desert. Cullen examines other environments that have shaped John's artmaking, including the years spent in Spain in the 1960s; Clarendon, SA and Sydney Harbour, Kings Cross and Hill End, NSW. Fascinating insights are provided by Edmund Capon and Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of NSW.

Archival footage of John teaching drawing at the Julian Ashton Art School and painting in the landscape.



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David Larwill 2007

David Larwill has emerged as one of Australia's most distinctive contemporary artists. His style of populating his paintings with stylised human figures and animals, his use of child like forms and the occasional inclusion of slogans, gives his work a naive quality. Larwill evokes an extraordinary range of feelings, moods and expressions through his paintings and many of his works have considerable primal strength. With Larwill, the artistic experience is direct, and the viewer is obliged to respond spontaneously to the core truth of each work. David Larwill is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; The British Museum, London; and in most State and Regional Galleries throughout Australia.

Excerpt only. Full interview DVD available from the Gallery.


Filmed and edited by Noah Hutchison of artcine.com.au

Related exhibition: David Larwill Recent works 2007

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Jo Bertini a desert within

The first in a series of interviews by Gallery Director, Tim Olsen. In this episode, Tim visits the studio of Sydney artist, Jo Bertini, and discovers an insight into her art, her inspiration and passion for the desert landscape. Excerpt only featured. Full DVD available from the Gallery.

Related exhibition: Jo Bertini A Desert Within

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