Ollis interviewed by the wonderful Jane Hutcheon

ABC TV: ONE PLUS ONE 1pm Fri 29 March 2019

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Riad Courtyard Fez 41x51 oil on belgian linen

Riad Courtyard Fez 41x51cm oil on belgian linen

Wendy Sharpe folding sketchbook from exhibition 'Elsewhere'

A Folding sketchbook by Wendy Sharpe from the exhibition 'Elsewhere'

ELSEWHERE: Travels through Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Central Asia

OFFICIAL OPENING - TBA,

MAY/JUNE 2019

DUBBO REGIONAL GALLERY

'Elsewhere' will also visit Port Macquarie in 2019 and Tamworth in 2020. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Edward Said's book 'Orientalism', Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis critically reflect on travel and drawing as creative practices to help us witness and understand each other. Curated by Dr Sam Bowker with the support of Create NSW and Charles Sturt University.


 


Snow in Paris (Vaugirard)1 47x57cm oil on Belgian linen

Snow in Paris (Vaugirard)1 47x57cm oil on Belgian linen

'Departures' Aarwun Gallery, Gold Creek, Canberra

EXHIBITION now extended beyond 24 Mar 2019

“These new works specially selected from the studio are the culmination of travels and discoveries across many continents. Sometimes new, sometimes revisited, but always seen afresh. In some cases the works look through other artists eyes as in the homages to Bonnard or Matisse. But these works are not picture-postcards (or the social media equivalent), but prolonged encounters with rich and fertile subject matter. From gardens to rivers, dogs to goldfish, stairwells to bridges – from Paris to Rajasthan.
I enjoy re-inventing composition, bending and twisting my way through spaces, often in a vertiginous way. I also enjoy intensifying colour. The final result, thrusting the viewer into the stories and dialogues on view. We live in troubled times, I would like to see these works as an antidote to that assertion. These paintings are active and optimistic, positive and energised. “ BERNARD OLLIS.


 


Girl and Goldfish after Matisse 2017 26x30cm oil on Belgian linen

Girl and Goldfish after Matisse 2017 26x30cm oil on Belgian linen

Exhibition at Mitchell Fine Art

27th MaRCH - 27tH April 2019

Opening Night: Friday 29th March, 6 to 8pm

Artist Talk: Saturday 30th March, 2pm


 


Sydney Gardens Series - Kennet and Avon Canal 46x36cm Oil on Belgian Linen

Sydney Gardens Series - Kennet and Avon Canal 46x36cm Oil on Belgian Linen

Exhibition at The Victoria Art Gallery

9th JULY TO 24TH Sept 2019

Bernard returns to his birthplace and to the gallery where, as a boy he was able to regularly view paintings by acclaimed and influential artists. In his work for this exhibition he has cast a fresh eye over some of his favourite parts of this beautiful city


 


Night View - St Michael 50x76cm Oil on Belgian linen


Since moving to Sydney from Bendigo, Ollis has regularly collaborated with Master Print Maker Ann Smith at her printmaking studio in the Blue Mountains. A selection of the resulting etchings can be viewed on this website. View etchings