‘Being There’ 11 Nov to 5 Dec 2021

Aarwun Gallery Canberra.

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The London Thames at Barnes Panorama, London

The London Thames at Barnes Panorama, London, oil pastel and mixed media on cotton rag paper, 96x166cm

Riad courtyard, Fez

Riad courtyard, Fez, Morocco, oil pastel and mixed media on cotton rag paper 37x51cm

'BEING THERE' - Solo exhibition - Aarwun Gallery

11 Nov 2021 to 5 Dec, 2021


I have selected this exhibition from recent major works in my studio. These works are based upon my travels and are observations of memorable moments and places, including visits to artists’ studios and environments. These imagined images have been developed through sketches, memories and observations. They are the opposite of photographic portrayals or picture-postcards. They are closer to personal recollections. Included in this body of work are concepts developed in Australia (Sydney, Brisbane and beyond) and internationally (Paris, Southern France, London, Marrakech and California). This exhibition is a celebration of the joie-de-vivre felt when assimilating these new experiences.


Darwin Daze a book by Bernard Ollis


Bernard's recent ebook

A 26 year old graduating student from The Royal College of Art, London, goes on the journey of a lifetime to take up the position of lecturer in drawing and painting at The Darwin Community College, Northern Territory, Australia.
The year is 1976 and the young, enthusiastic, but naive young man travels from Chelsea (a suburb in London) to Casuarina (a suburb of Darwin), Nothing could prepare the young adventurer for what would lay ahead.
The memoirs are accompanied by 25 photographs, paintings and oil pastel works, many in full colour. In addition, Bernard has produced 23 pen and ink drawings specifically for this book.


Turn your phone or tablet with into a book with the free Kindle app. The Kindle edition of Darwin Daze is available from amazon.com.au priced at $15.99

Night View - St Michael 50x76cm Oil on Belgian linen