'Brisbane and Beyond' | Bernard Ollis

EXHIBITION DATES: 20th Oct - 14th Nov 2015 

‘Brisbane and Beyond’, a pictorial display of the travels of artist Bernard Ollis. Using vividly coloured oil pastels Bernard depicts Brisbane’s iconic landmarks, the back streets of Paris, New York City and the market places of Cairo. The exhibition is a reflection of his love of travel and exploration.

“As an artist, I relish drawing, photographing and then reinventing the subject matter, in my own particular way, expressing my experience”, says Bernard. “I always find Brisbane an exciting and rewarding experience.  One of the things that I enjoy most about travelling, is arriving in a new place and trying to make sense of it. A writer may take some descriptive notes, a photographer try to frame the view."

"Sometimes it is an amalgam of several places seen over a period of time. Either way the fact that  these works can take me weeks or even months to complete, means that I have ample opportunity  to think about what I want to say about each place , which takes the work way beyond a simple  recording of the location and into the realms of picture making. This licence opens up the possibilities of theatre, drama and narrative through colour, composition, intensification, and exaggeration.

As a figurative artist Bernard’s interest lies with the human form; the everyday lives of people, what environment they create and inhabit. With floating figures, vivid colours and undulating structures, Bernard aims to visually engage the viewer to consider themselves in that very moment, an evocation of place rather than a picture perfect postcard view.

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 Brisbane 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 (2011 & 2003) and the Dobell Art Prize (2002, 2001 & 2000).

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  1. Bernard Ollis - Story Bridge Sunset- 56x92cm Sold
    Bernard Ollis | Story Bridge Sunset

    56 x 92cm

    oil pastel on arches cotton paper

     
  2. Bernard Ollis - Breaky Creek Pub- 66x92cm Sold
    Breaky Creek Pub

    66 x 92cm

    oil pastel on arches cotton paper

     
  3. Pont Des Arts

    76 x 150cm

    oil pastel on arches cotton paper

    POA
  4. Room With Two Windows

    72 x 150cm

    oil pastel on arches cotton paper

    POA
  5. Bernard Ollis - Waterloo Hotel -75x140cm Sold
    Waterloo Hotel

    75 x 140cm

    oil pastel on arches cotton paper

     
  6. Bernard Ollis - Under the Bridge - 56x92cm Sold
    Bernard Ollis | Under The Bridge

    56 x 92cm

    oil pastel on arches cotton paper

     
  7. Three Windows At Night

    75 x 150cm

    oil pastel on arches cotton paper

    POA
  8. Bernard Ollis - Story Bridge - 61x91cm Sold
    Bernard Ollis | Story Bridge

    61 x 91cm

    oil pastel on arches cotton paper

     
  9. Samaritaine

    60 x 76cm

    oil pastel on arches cotton paper

    POA
  10. Khan el-Khalili, Cairo

    42 x 59cm

    oil pastel on arches cotton paper

    POA
  11. Hill End

    59 x 83cm

    oil pastel on arches cotton paper

    POA
  12. Bernard Ollis | Rue de l'Universite View

    24 x 32cm

    etching on paper

    $750.00
  13. Bernard Ollis | Rue Danton

    32 x 24cm

    etching on paper

    $750.00
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