John Olsen in painterly conversation with Arthur Streeton at Mosman Art Gallery

Sydney Harbour, by Arthur Streeton, 1895

It was wonderful to see John Olsen, one of Australia's oldest living masters, on top of his form at the Mosman Art Gallery this week. Olsen had made the special trip from his Southern Highlands home to present his painting, titled The Rolling Sea and That Streeton Painting, 2014, as his gift to the gallery. Exactly why ...

No more squashed balaclavas: Will Coles is leaving Sydney

Will Coles and his wife Tiffany Payne-Coles

Will Coles, one of Sydney's most dedicated art mavericks, is leaving town to live in Spain. All I can say is, "bugger". Coles is known to any of you who have ever stumbled across one of his strange and enigmatic concrete sculptures that are stuck down firmly on Sydney's streets. Squashed balaclavas and drink cans, TV remotes ...

Chuck Close talks to Artwriter about his hit MCA exhibition in Sydney

With the Chuck Close exhibition closing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia on March 1, I'm posting a full transcript of my interview with Close which took place on Skype. Close was in New York, and it was just before the exhibition, Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration, opened in late 2014. First, a little background. Chuck ...

Lucy Culliton survey exhibition at Mosman Art Gallery

Summer Fruits, 2000, by Lucy Culliton

As the tens of thousands of people who enjoyed it already know, the recent Lucy Culliton survey show at Mosman Art Gallery was quite wonderful, and a great tribute to an artist whose contribution is  already substantial but who will go on to do so much more. In September (2014), I was lucky enough to sit with ...

Elisabeth Cummings: on view at Shoalhaven City Arts Centre in Nowra until February 21, 2015