'The Artist's Garden' | Bernard Ollis

12th May – 12th June 2021

OPENING NIGHT: Friday 14th May, 6-8pm
ARTIST TALK: Saturday 15th May, 2pm

Memories of travel and the gardens of Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir have formed the inspiration for a new exhibition by Sydney based artist Bernard Ollis.

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 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, Bernard 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.

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  1. Bernard Ollis | Elisabeth Cummings' Home and Studio

    51 x 76cm

    oil on linen

    $3,400.00
  2. Bernard Ollis | Renoir's Garden and House

    152 x 101.5cm

    oil on belgian linen

    $12,500.00
  3. Bernard Ollis | Van Gogh's Hospital Grounds

    57 x 76cm

    oil pastel on arches cotton paper

    $4,200.00
  4. Bernard Ollis | Monet's Bridge

    101.5 x 152cm

    oil on belgian linen

    $12,500.00
  5. Bernard Ollis - 'Henri Matisse's Studio, Vence, France' - 75 x 102cm Sold
    Bernard Ollis | Henri Matisse's Studio

    76 x 101.5cm

    oil on belgian linen

     
  6. Bernard Ollis - 'Elisabeth Cummings' Studio, Sydney' - 75 x 102cm Sold
    Bernard Ollis | Elisabeth Cummings' Studio

    76 x 101.5cm

    oil on belgian linen

     
  7. Bernard Ollis | Barbara Hepworth's Garden

    76 x 101.5cm

    oil on belgian linen

    $6,500.00
  8. Bernard Ollis | Suzanne Valadon's Studio

    76 x 101.5cm

    oil on belgian linen

    $6,500.00
  9. Bernard Ollis | Yves Saint Laurent's Dwelling Garden

    57 x 76cm

    oil pastel on arches cotton paper

    $4,200.00
  10. Bernard Ollis | Studio and Garden of Delacroix

    57 x 76cm

    oil pastel on arches cotton paper

    $4,200.00
  11. Bernard Ollis | Rodin's Sculpture Garden

    57 x 76cm

    oil pastel on arches cotton paper

    $4,200.00
  12. Bernard Ollis - 'Au Lapin Agile (Artist Bar, Montmartre)' - 57 x 76cm Sold
    Bernard Ollis | Au Lapin Agile (Artist Bar)

    57 x 76cm

    oil pastel on arches cotton paper

     
  13. Bernard Ollis - Van Gogh's Garden, Saint Remy de Provence, France - 101.5 x 152cm Sold
    Bernard Ollis | Van Gogh's Garden

    101.5 x 152cm

    oil on belgian linen

     
  14. Bernard Ollis | Van Gogh's Hospital Grounds (with postcards)

    152 x 183cm

    oil on belgian linen

    $25,000.00
  15. Bernard Ollis | The Artist's Garden

    152 x 183cm

    oil on belgian linen

    $25,000.00
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