Bernard Ollis


Reviews, Publictions & Seminars

  • Selected reviews

    Above: Favourite Things, by Deborah Cooke for Sydney Morning Herald, Good Living Weekend Supplement in 2008. Pictures Ollis with his signature round glasses (several pairs), a Mexican day of the dead figure and his old teddy bear.

    2015 Fletcher, Diana, 'Painting for Antarctica' The Australian National Maritime Museum, magazine Signals 110 March-May 2015 pp 43-45 (PDF 540kb click here)

    2006 McDonald, John, Australian Art Collector

    2005 Hill, Peter, Line Honours, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 September

    2004 Verghis, Sharon, Art teacher draws a line at new skills, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 June

    1998 Morgan, Joyce, New Era as Disharmony goes by the Board, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 February

    1995 The Power of Ten, Herald Sun, April

    1993 Borough Galleries, Seven Regional Artists, August

    1993 Pollard, Pat, The Body Swap Shop, The Western Times, August

    1992 Fern, Lynette, Sculptural Tensions, The Sydney Morning Herald, February

    1991 Image: The Body Swap Shop, Bathurst Regional Gallery

    1991 Robert, Rooney, No Rest for the Wicked, Weekend Australian, February

    1990 Chanin, Eileen, Inside World, Macquarie Gallery Bulletin

    1989 Farrel, Katrina, Jumping in the Deep End, Australian Arts

    1988 Catalano, Gary, A Review of the Year in the Galleries, The Age, December

    1988 Chanin, Eileen, New Art 11, Macquarie Gallery Bulletin

    1988 Catalano, Gary, Fantasy Moves Out of the Fairground, The Age, 17 February

    1988 Constantine, Fran, 9 x 5 x Mail The Centre Gallery, Queensland

    1986 Malcolm, Terrance, How to Handle Child?s Play, Sydney Morning Herald, February

    1986 Black, Sharyn, Ollis Rocking the Boat, BCAE Student Magazine

    1985 Catalano, Gary, Australian Ugliness as seen by English Eyes, The Age, June

    1985 Chanin, Eileen, and Ollis, Bernard, Constructivism, Macquarie Galleries Bulletin

    1984 Tobias, Jill, Bendigo Artist's Work Home to Roost, Bendigo Advertiser, September

    1984 McGrath, Sandra, Place Conveyed as State of Mind, The Weekend Australian, 18 February

    1984 The Bulletin, 24 July

    1984 Wolseley, John, Bonjour Monsieur Ollis, Macquarie Gallery, Bulletin

    1983 Artworks go on Show, Mildura Paper

    1983 Art is Vibrant and Colourful, Mildura Paper

    1983 Art on Show, Mildura Paper

    1983 At the Gallery, The News, Shepparton, 15 September

    1981 Borlase, Nancy, It all there the Beer, the View and the Colour, Sydney Morning Herald

    1981 A Month in Review, National Times, August

    1981 Lynn, Elwyn, Sydney Galleries, Weekend Australian, 1 August

    1981 McLachlan, Tim, Sydney, National Times Review, March

    1978 Makin, Jeff, An Englishman with a Darwin Connection, The Sun, 28 June

    1978 McCulloch, Alan, Surviving the Shock of Ockerdom, Herald, May


  • Catalogues and Books

    Above: Published in 2021 - 'Darwin Daze'. This amusing set of memoirs is contains 26 photographs, paintings and oil pastel works, many in full colour. In addition Bernard has produced 23 pen and ink drawings specifically for this book.

    2021 Ollis, Bernard, Darwin Daze, Martin Lane Design, NSW, ebook link

    2020 Ollis, Bernard, The Artist's Garden, Self-published, hardcover

    2014 Le regard de deux Australiens, L’Espace Beaujon, Paris, NSW

    2014 Traveller’s Tales, Tweed River Regional Gallery, NSW

    2013 A Town Like Paris, Muk Muk Fine Art, publication to coincide with travelling exhibition

    2012 Modern Living: Bernard Ollis, A Survey of the Work of Bernard Ollis, Manly Art Museum, Sydney, NSW

    2006 McCulloch, Alan, McCulloch's Encycopedia of Australian Art, (4th edition) Aus Art Editions/The Miegunyah Press Victoria ISBN 0 522 85317 X

    2006 Ollis, Bernard, The St Peters Suite, ISBN 0 646 46173 7

    2005 Li,Jingzhe, Australian Contemporary Painting Shanghai Peoples Fine Art Publishing House

    1997 Paterson, Susan, From Bendigo to Bath, Hot Bath Gallery, Bath, UK

    1996 Paterson, S. and Gervasoni, C. Catbuster Studio Art, Macmillan, VIC

    1995 Who?s Who of Australian Visual Arts (2nd edition) Reed International Publishing

    1995 Gervasoni, Clare, and Paterson, Susan, Catbuster Art, Macmillan, Melbourne, VIC

    1994 McCulloch, Susan, The Encyclopaedia of Australian Art, Allen and Unwin, Melbourne, VIC

    1993 Hayes, Susan, and Gervasoni, Clare, Artistic Insights, Harcourt Brace Jovanonvich, Sydney, NSW

    1992 Drury, Neville, Images in Contemporary Art, Craftsman House, Sydney, NSW

    1991 Chanin, Eileen, ed Contemporary Australian Art, Craftsman House, Sydney, NSW

    1990 Germaine, Max, Artists and Galleries of Australia, Craftsman House, Sydney, NSW

    1988 Drury, Neville, New Directions in Contemporary Art, Craftsman House, Sydney, NSW

    1984 Bendigo Art Gallery Bernard Ollis Australian Works, National Touring catalogue, VIC

    1983 Paroissien, Leon, Australian Art Review, Warner Assoc. Press


  • Contributions to Books, Journals and Magazines by Bernard Ollis

    2008 Ollis, Bernard, quoted in The Struggle to Keep Faith in the Blake Prize, Quadrant (March 2008)

    2007 Ollis, Bernard, Foreword 56th Blake Prize for Religious Art catalogue

    2005 Ollis, Bernard, the Band Returning 2005 full page colour image appearing on the front cover of Antiques & Art in Queensland November 2005 March 2006 edition

    2005 Ollis, Bernard, Foreword 'Walking the Line' National Art School Academic Staff Drawing Exhibition Catalogue

    2002 Ollis, Bernard, Foreword National Art School Prospectus

    2001 Ollis, Bernard, Foreword The Studio Tradition

    1999 Ollis, Bernard, Craft Arts International - Art Schools in Australia

    1998 - 2002 Ollis, Bernard, Foreword National Art School Degree Show Yearbook

    1998 Ollis, Bernard, History of the National Art School, NAS website

    1992 Ollis, Bernard, in Hayes, Susan, Flora and Fauna, La Trobe University

    1983 Ollis, Bernard, An Artists view from Darwin, Australian Art Review Chapter on Northern Territory. Ed Paroissien, Leon, Macmillan Press

    1980 Ollis, Bernard, catalogue preface introduction to David Middlebrook American Artist in Residence, Chandler Coventry Gallery

    1980 Ollis, Bernard, Peter Colett, in Scarlett Ken Australian Sculptors, Nelson, Melbourne

    1976 Ollis, Bernard, chapter in Picard Phyllis If You think Your Child is Gifted, Allen and Unwin, London

    1975 Ollis, Bernard, Malta seminars become Carnivals Commonwealth News 4 June 75, Volume

  • Academic Participation in Seminars, Symposia and Conferences

    2008 State Library of NSW, Examined Life Series III – The Search for Meaning – Guest Speaker

    2007 Invited speaker for NAS, International independent art schools association. Evora, Portugal

    2007 Forty Eight Hours of Visual Art (FEHVA) Conference, Bangalow NSW – Guest Speaker

    2006 ‘Drawing Breath’ International Drawing Symposium National Art School Campus, NSW – Convenor