'Observations' | Bernard Ollis

10 May - 3 June 2017

‘Observations’ follows Bernard Ollis’ artistic travels and is not only reminiscent of all the exotic places he has visited, but draws upon the feelings and emotions evoked in response to these destinations.

The exhibition takes the viewer from Morocco to Montmartre, to some of Ollis’ favorite haunts in London and to the intense colours and individuality of the city of Brisbane.

Bernard explains, “Some of these locations are revisits to places with fond or nostalgic memories. Some entirely new experiences. As an artist, stepping out of your comfort zone and familiarity is an important visual stimulus. Outsiders often react with fresh eyes.”

With a career spanning over 50 years Ollis is continuously inspired by his memories of visits to these far flung corners of the world. His paintings are vividly colourful, merry depictions of the architecture, waterways and bridges of some of the world’s most iconic cities. While some streetscapes are recognizable, others allude to certain areas but are completely imagined.

In his typical whimsical style Ollis has produced artworks of lush, kaleidoscopic renditions of everyday scenes all over the world. His paintings are whimsical and exude a sense of gaiety and humour. 

Bernard Ollis has had a constant stream of successful solo exhibitions and 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 has been selected several times for prestigious Australian Art Prizes including the Sulman Art Prize and the Dobell Art Prize.


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