Bernard Ollis – The Artist’s Garden
In his typical whimsical style Ollis has produced artworks of lush, kaleidoscopic renditions of gardens of artists from all over the world as well as his own.
Confined to his home following knee surgery Ollis spent many hours in his backyard recalling the numerous artists gardens and studios he has visited during his lifetime – Monet, Matisse, Van Gogh – encouraged by artists that had been inspired by nature in their own work.
As an artist and teacher, Ollis has acted as a tour guide to students with visits to the many of the studios and gardens portrayed in his paintings.
“My paintings are not picture postcards, or the social media equivalent, but personal and original interpretations of special environments.” says Ollis.
Primarily a figurative artist Ollis’ interest lies with the human form; the everyday lives of people, what environment they create and inhabit, however in this exhibition it is nature that has formed the inspiration.
With a career spanning over 50 years Bernard Ollis is the former Director of the National Art School and has had a constant stream of successful exhibitions. His work has been acquired in collections such as the National Art Gallery of Australia, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Queensland Art Gallery, and the Royal College of Art UK.
Throughout his career Bernard Ollis has been selected several times for prestigious Australian Art Prizes including the Sulman Art Prize, the Dobell Art Prize and the Salon des Refuses.
The exhibition opens at Mitchell Fine Art on Friday 14th May at 6pm with Bernard Ollis in attendance. Bernard will be available for media interviews and photo opportunities throughout the day.
Bernard will present an Artist Talk on Saturday 15th May from 2pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for art lovers to join Bernard as he delves deep into the inspiration and technique of his artistic practice and life. All events are free.
The exhibition is showing from 12th May to 12th June 2021.
Mitchell Fine Art is located at 86 Arthur St in Fortitude Valley Brisbane. The gallery is open is open 6 days a week: Monday to Friday 10am – 5.30pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm, with onsite parking available.
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