'Traveller's Tales' at Linton and Kay Galleries, Perth

Perth Exhibition opens March 13th 2018

Join Moroccan Painting tour 21 Feb - 5 Mar 2018

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Bernard Ollis self portrait after Matisse 2017

Pont Diena with Sacre Coeur, 2017 Oil on Belgian linen, 100 x 153cm

TRAVELLER’S TALES – Paris and Morocco - Linton and Kay, Subiaco Gallery.

TUE 13 Mar To THU 5 APR 2018

Official Opening 6-8pm Thursday 15 March. 'I am fortunate to have a small atelier in Paris that I use as a base camp to wander off and sketch and photograph the streets, cafes, buildings, bridges and interiors, often in pencil and oil pastel, before developing the themes and concepts fully in my Australian studio. To explore the Parisian ambiance by day or by night or to sit in a Riad in Morocco and marvel at Islamic tiles, is powerful ammunition for a visual artist. These works do not faithfully copy what lies in front of me; they are feelings and sensations celebrating beautiful and enchanting places.

Bernard Ollis 2018


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NEW Website - NEW features

Posted MARCH 2017

You may have noticed a change in the look of the website. The pages have been totally revamped, and are now more easily read on mobiles and tablet devices. We have also taken this opportunity to include a section devoted to etchings.
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 are available, for the first time to view on this website. View etchings




Painting with Bernard in Morocco

21 February – 5 March 2018

Marrakech & the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
+ Atlas Mountains – Skoura Oasis – Essaouira


I will be leading a 12 day Painting Tour that includes the inaugural Marrakech 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair and a 12 day journey through the landscape of Morocco!


Following an initial immersion into the delights of Marrakech we will work in a variety of locations and explore different subjects including architectural spaces, interiors, urban life, streetscapes, the landscape and people of Morocco. The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, held at the famous Mamounia Palace-Hotel brings together 17 leading international galleries to represent over 60 emerging and established artists from Africa and its diaspora. A wider program of exhibitions and events coming from the ‘Marrakchi’ arts community, museums and galleries there will be ample inspiration and food for discussion to begin our tour.
As we will travel over the Atlas Mountains, passing through rugged landscape and oasis valleys we will explore the Ksars and Kasbahs of the adobe villages en route. We finish the tour with a few nights at the picturesque fishing port of Essaouira before returning to Marrakech. Evening discussions with reviews and critiques of the works will be a time to share ideas and reflect on our journey together.
Primarily an immersive, cultural holiday we will explore the rich and complex history and contemporary life of Morocco where the indigenous Amazigh (Berber) people maintain a strong connection with the land and their ancient traditions and lifestyle. Traveling with a small group of like-minded people the program offers an innovative and creative way to explore a new place that is stimulating, supportive and safe. Partners are also welcome to join the tour and will be well catered for.