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NAS Gallery | National Art School

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Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

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Join us for our Artists x Artists series on 'John Olsen: Goya's Dog'

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John Olsen: Goya's Dog Artists x Artists

12 June – 17 July

NAS Gallery and Rayner Hoff Project Space

$10 | Limited spaces available

Drawing on the central importance of critical dialogue, friendship and inspiration shared between fellow artists, our John Olsen: Goya's Dog Artists x Artists talk series brings leading Australian artists into the NAS Gallery to talk about their interpretations, experiences and interactions with the work of John Olsen.

Each speaker presents a very different perspective on, and has a different relationship with, John Olsen and his work making for an exciting and varied program.

Program

Saturday 12 June | Steven Alderton

Steven Alderton is the curator of the John Olsen: Goya’s Dog exhibition, an exhibition born out of an ongoing conversation and correspondence between the late William ‘Bill’ Wright and John Olsen. Steven is currently the Director and CEO of the National Art School with over 25 years’ experience in the visual arts and education as an artist, curator and director.

Steven Alderton has curated exhibitions by Ricky Swallow, Patricia Piccinini, Ian Fairweather, Margaret Olley, Nicholas Harding, Janet Laurence and Tracey Moffatt. Previous roles include curator and gallery director roles with many regional art galleries, including Director of Programs, Exhibitions and Cultural Collections at the Australian Museum; Director Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre; Director Lismore Regional Gallery; Manager Bundaberg Arts Centre; Director Redland Art Gallery; Curator Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery and Events Manager at the Institute of Modern Art. Steven established an artist run initiative and artist studios just after leaving Art College and is committed to developing and fostering emerging artists and sustaining mid to late career artists’ practice. Steven was recently a finalist in the 2021 Glover Prize for contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania.

Saturday 19 June | Janet Laurence

Janet Laurence is a leading Sydney-based artist who exhibits nationally and internationally. Her practice examines our physical, cultural and conflicted relationship with the natural world. Working across painting, sculpture, installation, photography and video she creates immersive environments that navigate the interconnections between organic elements and systems of nature. Within the recognised threat of climate change, she explores what it might mean to heal the natural environment, fusing this with a sense of communal loss and searching for connection with powerful life forces. 

Her work is included in museum, university, corporate and private collections as well as within architectural and landscaped public places. In 2019 she had a major solo survey exhibition at the MCA and in 2020 at the Yu Hsui Museum of Art in Taiwan. She is the 2021 Recipient of the Antarctic Fellowship awaiting her residency there.

Saturday 26 June | James Drinkwater

James Drinkwater is a Newcastle-based artist whose practice traverses painting, sculpture, assemblage and collage. Drinkwater makes work about place, intimacy and memory, using abstraction, colour and mark-making for transmission of these preoccupations. His works explore the connections between art, cultural and personal histories.

Drinkwater studied at the National Art School, Sydney, before moving to Melbourne and then Germany. His work is held in major public and private collections both nationally and internationally, including the Macquarie Group Collection, Artbank, Allens, the Newcastle Art Gallery, and private collections in New York, Singapore, Germany and the UK. In 2014 Drinkwater won the Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship.

Saturday 3 July | Joe Frost

Joe Frost completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) in 1995 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2002, both at UNSW College of Fine Arts. His paintings and drawings depict the matrix of urban life, through compositions in which “an improbable collection of visual cues coalesces to form something that feels utterly familiar and authentic” (Laura Fisher, Human Formations catalogue essay). 

He has held sixteen solo exhibitions and has participated in many group exhibitions, with work held in public and private collections around Australia.  Frost has been a lecturer at the National Art School, Sydney since 2003 and has written essays and articles on art for numerous publications. He is represented by Liverpool Street Gallery, Sydney. 

Saturday 10 July | Tim and Louise Olsen

On Valerie Strong | Rayner Hoff Project Space

Louise Olsen is an abstract artist and the Creative Director and co-founder of Dinosaur Designs. Over the last three decades Dinosaur Designs has become arguably one of Australia’s most recognised design companies with stores in Australia, London and New York. She has had two solo exhibitions at OLSEN Gallery, Sydney and has co-exhibited with partner, Steven Ormandy, in Australian regional galleries and in London, New York and Tokyo. Awards include the 2009 UNSW Alumni Award for achievements in the Arts, 2017 Australian Fashion Laureate Award for Design and the Australian Fashion Laureate 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011 Louise and Stephen were commissioned by GoMA to produce a body of work as part of the museum’s 5th birthday celebrations.

Tim Olsen is one of Australia's most recognised and respected art identities and successful gallery owners. Tim was born into a life of modern and contemporary art, and through fortitude and adversity has forged his own path. He founded his own gallery in 1993 launching a successful career as a leading Sydney gallerist.

Tim initially studied painting and printmaking at the National Art School, followed by a Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts) at the UNSW College of Fine Art. As a gallerist, Tim has supported the careers of many of Australia’s leading established artists and also nurtured the creative lives of many emerging artists. Olsen Gallery currently represents over 40 artists. Tim is a passionate philanthropist and is also frequently called upon by the media as an informed commentator on the arts.

Saturday 17 July | Sophie Cape

Oscillating between abstraction and figuration, the work of Sophie Cape straddles the sublime with a cathartic expulsion of energy. Exploding with violence across the page, her works are vast in scale and performative in their execution. Working outside in the desert, free from constraints, using unconventional mediums and reveling in their gross materiality, Cape excavates her unconscious in the desire to rip the figure and face wide open.

A former professional athlete, Cape retired from elite sport ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics due to injury. She has studied at the National Art School, Sydney, and Central St. Martins College in London. She is represented by Olsen Gallery, Sydney.

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