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Sophie Cape: Getting the art fix

Artist Profile 19/2/15
Owen Craven

Sophie Cape is a former professional athlete who retired from competitive sport ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics due to injury. She dabbled in art from a young age – inspired by her artist grandmother (Gwenna Thatcher) and mother (Ann Cape) – but it was when her sporting career came to an abrupt end that her art making became the perfect outlet for her restless, athletic energy and her love of being outdoors. Cape immerses herself physically and emotionally into the landscape. It’s here that she has discovered and developed her unique visual language, making large-scale, visceral artworks composed predominately outside, on the ground in seclusion.

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Into the wild

Belle Feb 6 2015
Harry Roberts

Life works. Blood, sweat and tears are embodied in the creations of every one of these visionary artists. ... read more

Scents, sights, sounds as artwork nurtures natural instincts

Sydney Morning Herald 05/02/15
Lachlan Bennett

Feeling alienated from the natural world, worn down by concrete, computers and cars? There's a term for that - Nature Deficit Disorder. And there's an immersive artwork for it, too. 
Created by photographer Tamara Dean, Here and Now is an eerie installation that uses scents, sound and sight to immerse people in nature.
Although it is located in the dark Studio 1 of UNSW's Creative Practice Lab, Dean aims to transport audiences to a place of natural beauty, one far from our technologically obsessed society, and reconnect with their more primordial instincts.
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Things Collectors Need to Know 2015: Curators's Radar

Art Collector Jan 7 2015
Sasha Grishin

Curator's Radar 

Our writers look at those artists who are currently attracting curatorial interest from public institutions through inclusion in exhibitions or major acquisitions.

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Visual Art - The Planner

Sydney Morning Herald - Spectrum 22-23/11/14

Stephen Ormandy's spatial and tonal sensibilities play out in a series of paintings and small digitally generated acrylic sculptures which are a three-dimensional expression of his works on canvas. Pictured is Unsquare Dance ... read more

Art News

Vogue Living 5/11/14
Gallery Tour

Natural Geometry
Bold colour, intuitive composition and playful design are the hallmark elements of Stephen Ormandy's work. A collection of his new paintings, including Look Both Ways (2014), right, shows at Olsen Irwin gallery in Sydney from 18 November - 7 December. olsenirwin.com ... read more

Previews - Stephen Ormandy

Art Guide Nov/Dec 1/11/14
Tracey Clement

As a descriptive term, abstract painting is a bit vague. After all, both Joan Miro and Jackson Pollock were abstractionists.  But Miro expresses an exuberant joie de vivre, while Pollock seems driven by a seething inner angst. If you had to place Australian artist Stephen Ormandy on Team Miro or Team Pollock, the choice would be clear. Ormandy’s abstraction is uplifting. His colourful canvasses are full to bursting with an almost irrepressible cheer. ... read more

What Now? Paul Davies

Australia Art Collector 29/10/14
Kate Britton

You’ve recently made the move to Los Angeles. How is it treating you?
I moved to West Hollywood in February this year with my wife Sarah and am represented by the Heather James Fine Art Gallery. The Gallery deals with new and secondary work from Andy Warhol, Picasso, Yves Klein and Damien Hirst. It has spaces in Palm Desert and Jackson Hole here in the States and I have a solo exhibition at the Palm Desert gallery in January 2015. ... read more

Built in translation

Houses September 2014
Colin Martin

Suburban domestic architecture fascinates Australian artists. Jenny Watson documented street views of five Melbourne houses in which she had lived, titling them by suburb, for example 'Mont Albert' (1975 - 77). Howard Arkley titled his depictions of suburban houseing ironically, including 'A Splendid Superior Home' (1989). In his first solo exhibition in London, held at the Fine Art Society Contemporary gallery, Paul Davies ups the architectural ante, depicting exteriors of archetypal modernist houses.

Artistic vision

Country style August 2014
Karen Cotton

When painter Jo Bertini went looking for a country property, it was the shearing shed rather than the house that caught her eye. ... read more

Illawarra's Anh Do and Paul Ryan both Archibald Prize finalists

Illawarra Mercury 15 July 2014
Joshua Butler

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Big Canvas

The Economic Times 27 June 2014
Moinak Mitra

Art District XIII, in Delhi's Lado Sarai, may jostle for space with other galleries, but is different in its attitude. While number '13' challenges the conventional unlucky paradigm, the front road leads into canvases adorning the walls.

"Art must be accessible to you," says Kapil Chopra, president of the Oberoi Group and mentor, Art District XIII. ... read more

Claudia Karvan steps in as Noah Taylor acts up

The Sunday Telegraph 8 June 2014
Elizabeth Fortescue

With his new film Edge of Tomorrow screened across Sydney this week, and his art exhibition opening yesterday in Woollahra, all that’s missing of Noah Taylor is the man himself. ... read more

Brushes with death

Sydney Morning Herald- Spectrum 31 May 2014
Rick Feneley

Downhill skier, sprint cyclist, near-death veteran, serial hospitalcase. Rick Feneley follows Sophie cape's blood-curdling ride from extreme athlete to extreme artist. ... read more

Limbo Architecture - Painters of Modernism

Architectural Review May 2014
Aaron Betsky

Interpreted by painters in many different ways, Modernism continues to be a compelling subject matter and muse that encourages artists to go beyond notions of simple representation and instead seek to evoke something more profound. ... read more

Sketching the drama

Spectrum - SMH May 3-4 2014
Andrew Taylor

It began, like many artistic endeavours, in Paris. The city where Samuel Beckett wrote En Attendant Godot in 1948, which he translated into Waiting for Godot and later premiered at the Theatre de Babylone in 1953, would draw artist Nicholas Harding into that absurdist drama six decades later. ... read more

Home is Where the Art Is

The Hindu May 1, 2014
Shailaja Tripathi

Australian artist Paul Davies' mysteriously vacant homes encourage the viewer to build their own. ... read more

Art meets Architecture: Artist Paul Davies Is Built in Translation

The Huffington Post 1/4/2014
Kate Lawson

Australian artist Paul Davies first caught my eye earlier this year, with his atmospheric series of paintings which seductively draw you into a utopia that precariously balances between an unforgiving natural space and a built urban environment. ... read more

Arts Abound

Sunday Style 2/3/2014

Thanks to its creative owners, a depression- era apartment flourishes as a quasi gallery. ... read more

Robert Malherbe

Artist Profile ISSUE 26, 2014

ROBERT MALHERBE IS known for his lush style of painting. ... read more

In my wardrobe: Paul Davies

The Sun Herald 26 January 2014
Georgina Safe

Artist Paul Davies has a fascination with houses and architecture which he explores using stencils and painting. He's dressed down and paint-splattered when working in his Surry Hills studio, but come an exhibition opening, Davies is always one of the best dressed artists. Currently based in Sydney, where he is represented by Olsen Irwin gallery, Davies is moving to Los Angeles next month, where his signature casual and understated style will fit right in.

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Man Meets Horse

Tatler Home 2013
Violet Hudson

'Scuse me, but I've got a head of Christ here'. 'Right ho- just drop it outside,' says a cheerful Nic Fiddian-Green to the white-van man delivering an enormous sculpture. We are standing in his freezing- cold, rickety Surrey studio. "It's a converted sheep-shearing shed,' he tells me. "When I first moved in, there were rotting carcasses everywhere.' The face of God incarnate being delivered isn't the oddest thing that happens during our meeting. Gale-force winds are shaking the studio like the tornado in The Wizard of Oz; 25-foot-tall horses's heads are dotted around; and, at one point, the proceedings are interrupted by a vicar coming in to bless the space. ... read more

Two of Us

The Sydney Morning Herald October 19th, 2013
Rosamund Burton

Comedian and author Anh Do, 36, has forged a friendship with award-winning painter Paul Ryan, 49, over their love of art and shared understanding of the impact of absent fathers. ... read more

Olsen's King Sun rises

The Age 30 July 2013
Dewi Cooke

Amid the glass walls and muted tones of Docklands' commercial building clusters, something vibrant and altogether more organic has risen. A quivering sun, its rays unfurling in orange, pink and splotches of green across an immense canvas (six by eight metres) was installed at the weekend under the watchful eye of its creator, famed Australian artist John Olsen.
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Save the date

Sydney Magazine 30 July 2013
Elissa Blake

Painter, sculptor and installation artist Anthony Lister's art practice straddles two worlds. The first is the shadowy world of street art, of which he is an acknowledged master among those in the know. The second is that of London's white-cube art galleries, where he's regarded as one of the most sought-after young artists after being named among Australian Art Collector magazine's "Top 50 Most Collectable" list in 2010 and 2011. Originally from Brisbane, Lister grew up immersed in skateboard culture and, like his friend Banksy, he makes a point of leaving large-scale artworks in public spaces when he visits a city. ... read more

Paul Ryan

artsHub.com July 16th, 2013

Paul Ryan is an Illawara based painter and sculptor. Born in New Zealand, Ryan migrated to Australia in 1973. He studied at Wollongong TAFE and at the University of Wollongong. Ryan has exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. He has been a finalist in numerous art prizes including ten times in the Archiblad Prize. Ryan has won a number of art prizes including the 2010 Paddington prize, 2012 Geelong Prize, and 2013 Bay of Fires Prize. ... read more

Paul Ryan 'Wild Colonial Boys' at Olsen Irwin

art ALMANAC July 15th, 2013

Ryan, who has been nominated 10 times for the Archibald Prize, as well as several nominations for the Wynne and Sulman Prize, is one of Australia’s most prominent painters, having had regular solo exhibitions since 1988. He was the winner of the 2010 Paddington Art Prize for landscape.

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Sublime Modernism

Habitusliving.com July 4, 2013
Philippa Daly

Paul Davies paints a house we all know. With its clean lines, simple proportions and defined angles, the house Davies depicts is textbook modernism- a building recognisable the world over.  ... read more

The work of Peter Booth. An intuitive artist of uncompromising vision

Artist Profile July 2013
Steve Lopes

In his latest exhibition in Sydney, at Olsen Irwin gallery, Peter Booth was keen to show his drawings and works on paper together, echoing important shows he has earlier in his career at Pinacotheca Gallery Melbourne, where unframed works were pinned to the walls. This simple style of presentation added to the immediacy of the works, making them accessible to the view in a very intimate and tactile way. ... read more

Salute the Sun

Sydney Morning Herald - Spectrum June 24 2013
Ali Gripper

In his twilight years, John Olsen is taking on one of the biggest challenges of his career. Ali Gripper steps inside his studio to find an exuberant tribute to the Australian landscape. ... read more

The Pace. Tales from Influential Men

Men's Style Winter 2013. Issue #55
Michael Pickering

Inspired by artists such as David Hockney and Jeffrey Smart, the Sydney artist's work is based on abandoned architecture. ... read more

Life, captured

Australian Financial Review June 7 2013
Lisa Carapiet-Fanous

Paul Davies is not interested in painting people. Instead, architecture and landscapes are the stars of his work, but that doesn’t mean his paintings lack life. ... read more

Beaux Arts

Vogue Living June 2013

After a three month residency at Paris's Cite Internationale des Arts, Sydney-based artist Paul Davies is returning to Australia with a new exhibition. Davies used stencil and other techniques to create Flattening Sublime, a series of studies of Le Corbusier's modernist icon Villa Savoye in Poissy, France. Olsen Irwin Gallery, Woollahra NSW 5-23 June; olsenirwin.com ... read more

Big Fish

Art Collector May 2013
Janet Hawley

Big Fish

Art Collector

May 2013 

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The new influencers

Harpers Bazaar June 2013
Noelle Faulkner

Meet the talents currently reshaping Australian culture, from stage to gallery to turntable. Remember these names, says Noelle Faulkner. ... read more

Portrait is very well Done

Mosman Daily April 2013
Kate Crawford

While not instantly recognisable, Ken Done has once again show his face at the Archibald Prize.
The Mosman artist has been painted by Melbourne artist Amanda Marburg and the portrait hung in the Archibald. Self Portraits by Done have been finalists in the Archibald twice, in 1984 and 2011. ... read more

Cultural Capital

Sydney Morning Herald April 2013
Darryn King

The moment of creative inspiration is often characterised as a flash, a spark, a spontaneous flicking of a light switch or - somewhat dangerously - a lightning strike. Yesterday visited Paul McCartney in a dream. William Blake and Giacomo Puccini described themselves as careful transcribers of heavenly dictation. ... read more

Tim Olsen Man in Black

Messenger Collective March 8 2013
Jade Dunwoody

Tim Olsen's presence is nothing short of colourful as he welcomes us with open arms into his gallery - except it doesn't feel like a gallery as much as it does a home, with Tim ushering us to the lounge as he makes us tea. We don't have to look took far to see a painting or two. Here is where I should mention were not in the crisp white oblong space that is the stunning Tim Olsen Gallery. We're upstairs in Tim's office, albeit it’s not what I expect. ... read more

State of Art

The Sydney Magazine February 22nd 2013
Elissa Blake

With Sydney's commercial galleries struggling to get people through the door due to the rise of online trading, attitudes to selling in the art world are being forced to change. Elissa Blake speaks with art dealers and artists about their survival strategies. ... read more

Photographer snaps up prize

Sydney Morning Herald Thursday, February 14, 2013

When photographer Tamara Dean won a prestigious trip to the US, no one was more surprised than she was. ... read more

Noah's art lets innocence shine

The Sydney Morning Herald 28 January 2013
Andrew Taylor

TIM OLSEN will not hang the artworks of any old celebrity in his gallery.
The gallery owner said he turned down showing works by tennis great Martina Navratilova and Sir Paul McCartney.
''I'm too busy to do a pretentious exhibition of someone just because they're famous,'' he said.
But he was drawn to the Australian actor Noah Taylor's artworks ''because he's a f---ing good artist … he's not trying to give a lesson in nude drawing or classical cross-hatching.'' ... read more

Noah takes time out for a doodle

Daily Telelgraph January 28 2013
Elizabeth Fortescue

"I think everyone has their own doodling style," says Taylor, a prominent actor ever since his appearance in the 1987 hit film, The Year My Voice Broke.
He is referring to that automatic writing of symbols that people indulge in when they're "on the phone and talking about whatever to an accountant or something". He has found his personal symbols have tended towards the figurative. ... read more

Behind the lines of Noah Taylor's art

The Australian January 26 2013
Alex Speed

IF you came of age in Australia in the 1980s, as I did, you will probably be familiar with the name Noah Taylor. You must also recall The Year My Voice Broke, the movie about sexual awakening, teenage angst and unrequited love in a country town that launched the acting career of a gawky-looking kid from St Kilda. ... read more

Noah Taylor's art a place to connect with people in depth

The Nation - The Australian January 26 2013
Rick Morton

NOAH Taylor may be a fixture in the Australian psyche for his acting performances over 27 years but his passion has always been closer to canvas than cameras.
Taylor, who scored his breakthrough role in The Year My Voice Broke in 1987, has revealed little of himself in interviews over the years but he told The Weekend Australian his art was a connection to people. ... read more

Pavement: Colour My World

Vogue Living Feb 2013

Artist Stephen Ormandy of Dinosaur Designs works with his signature solid colour and organic shapes to showcase the latest paints in vibrant style. ... read more

Nicholas Harding

The Sydney Magazine Feb 2013
Elissa Blake

In a loft studio in the old Westons biscuit factory in Camperdown, Nicholas Harding is trying to find a clean chair to sit on. Everything in the room - the easels, his shoes, the floor - is covered in dollops of dried paint that appear to be building up like a coral reef.
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Art, Paint + Sculpture: Artist Paul Davies

Gym Class Magazine Autumn 2012
Ingmar Apinis

Modernist homes and a bright colour palette caught our attention, but its what Australian artist Paul Davies is not showing us that has kept us interested. ... read more

Smoking Guns

Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 7th December 2012
John McDonald

... John Walker, showing at the Tim Olsen Gallery, is not to be confused with John R. Walker, who recently had an impressive show of landscape paintings at Utopia Art. This John Walker is an Englishman who was formerly the head of the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne, and now lives and works in Boston. ... read more

John Walker's Licentious Landscape

Art Info December 6 2012
Nicholas Forrest

After the sell-out show of works by American painter Jan Franks, Tim Olsen Gallery has managed to latch on to the work of another incredible international artist in the form of English Born, American based abstractionist John Walker. ... read more

At Home With.. Louise Olsen & Stephen Ormandy

The Sun Herald Sunday, November 18 2012
Jo Casamento

Jewellery designer and artist Stephen Ormandy is perfectly happy to be working for the Olsen 'family firm', as he explained to Jo Casamento, just before his solo exhibition opened at the Tim Olsen Gallery. ... read more

Bird Girl

Belle Magazine Nov 7 2012
Harry Roberts

Leila Jeffreys finds her wings giving flight to birdlife as art. ... read more

Right Now Art - Colour Block

Belle Magazine Nov 2012
Anne Maree Sargeant

Stephen Ormandy's work is reminiscent of art icon John Coburns' though his use of colour and form (left) has become as identifiable as a signature. Stephen, who co-founded Dinosaur Designs with Louise Olsen and Liane Rossler while the trio were still art student,s will follow up his 2010 sell-out exhibition with another show at Sydney's Tim Olsen Gallery from November 7-25. timolsengallery.com ... read more

A Burst of Colour

A Magazine 24 October 2012

Marisa Purcell's exhibition at the Tim Olsen Gallery in Woollahra, is on until the 4th of November. Her works could be described on the one hand, as mesmerising in their style, and on the other hand the colours are wonderfully vibrant and fresh. ... read more

Pretty Boy

Vogue Living Nov/Dec 2012
Madeleine Hinchey

Meet Slim, a sulphur-crested cockatoo snapped by Leila Jeffreys as part of her native Australian cockatoo portrait series. Her photographs, printed at over one metre tall, capture the endearing personalities of these beloved birds, from shy and sweet to downright cheeky. 7–25 November, Tim Olsen Gallery, 63 Jersey Road, Woollahra NSW; timolsengallery.com. ... read more


The Art Life October 12 2012
Andrew Frost

In Marisa Purcell’s latest show everything you need to know is in its title. Across a series of large canvases acrylic and oil paints coalesce in great pools of colour, delicate interactions and mergers of paint, all abstract but rich with possible association. ... read more

Wild Cockatoos by Leila Jeffreys

Coco Republic Field Notes October 8 2012
Beth Finchk

I have always had an inexplicable fascination with birds, particularly the unique array we have here in Australia – from Lorikeets to Lyrebirds and everything in between. ... read more

The Next Cy Twombly? First, Jan Frank Paints for Australia and Tim Olsen Gallery

Art Info October 3 2012
Nicholas Forrest

Amsterdam born, New York based artist Jan Frank isn’t shy about the fact that he believes he is the next Cy Twombly and is continuing the tradition of his favourite artist Mondrian.  Luckily for Frank, his confidence in himself is not at all misplaced.  Both his personality and his work inspire the sort of admiration and respect that justify his self-belief.
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Marisa Purcell: Halo

Art Alamanac October 1 2012
Jillian Grant

Ethereality is inherent in Marisa Purcell’s latest body of work, aptly titled ‘Halo’, presented by Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney. Her series of oil
paintings are contemporary meditations on pre-Renaissance sacred imagery, responding particularly to the work of Fra Angelico in Florence’s San Marco monastery, which took Purcell’s interest during her residency in Chianti,
Italy earlier this year. ... read more

Marisa Purcell: Halo

Art Almanac 30 September 2012
Jillian Grant

Ethereality is inherent in Marisa Purcell’s latest body of work, aptly titled ‘Halo’, presented by Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney. Her series of oil paintings are contemporary meditations on pre-Renaissance sacred imagery, responding particularly to the work of Fra Angelico in Florence’s San Marco monastery, which took Purcell’s interest during her residency in Chianti, Italy earlier this year. ... read more

24 Hours The Arts Diary

Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 25th September

"I think as a New-York based painter, to fully understand Australian painting, one has to rediscover the importance and validity of modernism - I did; and am very happy for it," said Jan Frank. For his first exhibition here, Minimalism to Modernism, Jan Frank's painting for Australia, the painter eschews his female nudes to focus more on abstract expressionism by way of de Kooning and Mondrian. The resultant works are full of vivid energy, powerful colours and questing lines. ... read more

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