'Brisbane Suburbia', 76.5 x 101.5cm oil on belgian linen
Renowned figurative artist Bernard Ollis returns to Brisbane with his latest exhibition documenting his intrepid journeys within Australia and overseas.
In his recognizable quirky style, Ollis has captured the feeling and emotion evoked of the plethora of places he has visited. Living between Paris and Sydney, Bernard Ollis has had numerous travel opportunities to various destinations in search of inspiration for his energetic works of art.
Ollis’ paintings are heavily saturated with colour and portray playful interpretations of everyday scenarios. Ollis takes a view from a window or an urban park scene and turns them into fantastical scenes where buildings and trees converse and argue, dance and twirl. Inanimate objects and structures are given personalities of their own as Ollis distorts proportions, angles and viewpoints.
Seemingly imagined scenes these works are depictions of his travels, a pictorial album of his life. As Ollis explains, “they are not picture postcards, or the social media equivalent, but personal and original interpretations of special environments, developed over a prolonged period.”
With a career spanning over 50 years Ollis has held many successful 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.
‘The Traveller’ is Ollis’ fourth solo exhibition at Mitchell Fine Art and with most works in the exhibition paintings, it is an interesting departure from his usual works on paper.
The exhibition opens Friday 29th March at 6pm with Bernard Ollis in attendance. Bernard will also present an Artist Talk on Saturday 30th March from 2pm. All events are free.
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.
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Need to Know:
OPENING NIGHT: Friday March 29th, 6 - 8pm with Bernard Ollis in attendance.
ARTIST TALK: Saturday March 30th, 2pm
EXHIBITION DATES: 27th March – 27th April
TO VIEW EXHIBITION CLICK HERE
All events are free.