Laura Thomson

Suzie Idiens at Gallery 9, Sydney Ocula Insight Suzie Idiens at Gallery 9, Sydney By Laura Thomson, Sydney

Born in the United Kingdom, Suzie Idiens studied art and design at the Royal College of Art, London. Since emigrating to Sydney in 2006 she has exhibited in Berlin, Sydney and London, as well as at the Melbourne Art Fair and Art Stage, Singapore. In her latest exhibition, Neutral Ground at Gallery 9, Sydney, Idiens contests the boundaries...

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Robyn Stacey at Stills Gallery, Sydney Ocula Insight Robyn Stacey at Stills Gallery, Sydney By Laura Thomson, Sydney

In her new exhibition at Stills Gallery in Sydney, acclaimed photographer Robyn Stacey continues her exploration of the camera obscura technique, this time offering a rare glimpse into the working havens of artists—those otherwise mysterious spaces from which inspiration seems to miraculously emerge. Notable artist studios and...

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Chris Bond at THIS IS NO FANTASY + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne Ocula Insight Chris Bond at THIS IS NO FANTASY + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne By Laura Thomson, Melbourne

Chris Bond is well known for his exquisite paintings that look like books. Playing with concepts of authenticity and identity, his work involves the invention and embodiment of fictional artists, writers, organisations and scenarios that assist with the creative act. These inventions are presented as painted facsimiles of imagined books...

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Younghee Sohn Ocula Insight Younghee Sohn By Laura Thomson

On 20th May 2016, the 5th edition of Art Busan will open to the public in Korea’s vibrant southern city of Busan. Founded by Younghee Sohn, the fair has grown into one of the most significant platforms for contemporary art in the region. 2016 will be the largest edition of the fair to date with more than 190 galleries from 19 countries...

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Max Frisinger at Gallery Baton, Seoul Ocula Insight Max Frisinger at Gallery Baton, Seoul By Laura Thomson

Max Frisinger (B. 1980) is internationally recognised for sculptures and installations that stem from a considered observation of ordinary objects which he re-uses and thus re-invents. Ambiguity is what stimulates Max Frisinger, by working the material and form of the sculptures, he underlines their inherent opposites: brilliancy and decay, the...

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William Yang at Stills Gallery, Sydney Ocula Insight William Yang at Stills Gallery, Sydney By Laura Thomson

William Yang is one of Australia’s great storytellers. For 40 years, his photographs, handwritten anecdotes and live, slide projection performances have shared his journey to self-acceptance as a gay Chinese-Australian. Born in 1943 in North Queensland, his first solo exhibition Sydneyphiles, was held in 1977, at the Australian...

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Vincent Namatjira at THIS IS NO FANTASY + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne Ocula Insight Vincent Namatjira at THIS IS NO FANTASY + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne By Laura Thomson

Bold, painterly and conceptually rich, Vincent Namatjira's work has gained significant recognition in Australia and abroad. In 2015, his work was curated into the 10 th Mildura Palimpsest Biennale, and Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, where he exhibited a series of...

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Dr Eugene Tan Ocula Conversation Dr Eugene Tan By Laura Thomson, Singapore

The much-anticipated National Gallery Singapore opened its doors to the public for the first time on 24 November 2015. Following an extensive renovation by Studio Milou Architecture, the museum now occupies two important historic buildings in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District, the former City Hall and Supreme Court buildings. The...

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Peter Atkins Ocula Conversation Peter Atkins By Laura Thomson, Christchurch

Australian artist Peter Atkins was one of 7 artists invited to create new site-specific public art works for the forthcoming Christchurch Biennial, SCAPE8: New Intimacies, curated by Rob Garrett. An important figure in Australian contemporary art, Peter Atkins has exhibited extensively both in Australia and internationally and is...

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Amanda Rowell Ocula Conversation Amanda Rowell By Laura Thomson, Sydney

The Commercial opened in Sydney in June 2012, representing a diverse group of Australian artists. Headed by founder and director, Amanda Rowell, the gallery has forged a vital role within the Australian contemporary art scene by representing early, mid and late career artists as well as the Gunter Christmann Estate (with Niagara Galleries) and...

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Hiromi Tango at Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney Ocula Insight Hiromi Tango at Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney By Laura Thomson

Hiromi Tango (b. 1976) lives and works in northern New South Wales. She moved from Japan to Australia in 1998, after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Japan Women’s University, Tokyo. Reflecting Tango’s own personal journey with emotional trauma, mental health research is the genesis for many of her works.  She has...

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Prateek and Priyanka Raja Ocula Conversation Prateek and Priyanka Raja By Laura Thomson, Kolkata

We challenge ourselves with every exhibition and with every artist we work with. The idea is to confront the unexpected and broaden and question the views of the viewers of our program and ourselves

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Larys Frogier Ocula Conversation Larys Frogier By Laura Thomson, Shanghai

Larys Frogier, curator, critic and art historian is Director of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai. He is also the Founder and Chair of HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award for Emerging Asian Artists. Since opening in 2010, RAM has forged a unique position within China’s burgeoning contemporary art scene. Notably for presenting exhibitions by...

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Victoria Lynn Ocula Conversation Victoria Lynn By Laura Thomson, TarraWarra

Victoria Lynn is Director of TarraWarra Museum of Art. She is the  author of three books and several articles and catalogues and has curated over 150 exhibitions. From 2004 - 2012 Victoria was an independent curator. She was the visual arts curator for the Adelaide Festival in 2010 and 2012, where she established and curated the Adelaide...

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Takahiro Iwasaki Ocula Conversation Takahiro Iwasaki By Laura Thomson, Tokyo

Takahiro Iwasaki is a leading figure in Japan’s new generation of artists. Born in Hiroshima, he received an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art, and a Ph.D. from Hiroshima City University. Well known for his meticulous recreations of important Japanese monuments and other more commonplace buildings, Iwasaki works in two distinct...

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António Ole Ocula Conversation António Ole By Laura Thomson, Angola

Born in Luanda in 1951, painter, photographer and filmmaker António Ole is an internationally acclaimed artist. His work is a powerful reflection of Angola’s recent turbulent history focusing on themes of colonisation, civil war, social conflict and perhaps most importantly, human capacity for resistance and survival. One of the...

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Philippe Van Cauteren Ocula Conversation Philippe Van Cauteren By Laura Thomson

Philippe Van Cauteren is artistic director of S.M.A.K. Museum for Contemporary Art in Ghent. He co-curated the Belgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 and is curator of the National Pavilion of Iraq for the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. Previously Van Cauteren has worked as a freelance curator in Germany, Mexico, Chile and...

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Tsubasa Kato Ocula Conversation Tsubasa Kato By Laura Thomson

Tsubasa Kato (b. 1984) is a performance artist whose work relies largely on the participation of others. He is most well known for his Pull and Raise project, an ongoing series of performances that require the assistance of friends, colleagues and the public to be executed. Tsubasa Kato studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts. He...

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Gilles Dyan Ocula Conversation Gilles Dyan By Laura Thomson, Hong Kong

https://ocula.com/artists/joan-mir/ Gilles Dyan, member of the European Chamber of Fine Art Experts (C.E.C.O.A.), is the Founder and Chairman of Opera Gallery Group, a global network of ten galleries specializing in Modern and Contemporary art. Dyan opened his first gallery in 1994 in Singapore and quickly expanded, becoming by 2004 a decade...

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Entang Wiharso Ocula Conversation Entang Wiharso By Laura Thomson, Indonesia

One of Indonesia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Entang Wiharso was born in 1967 in Tegal, Central Java. He studied painting, graduating from the Indonesian Institute of Arts in Yogyakarta in 1987 and is widely regarded for his dramatic visual language which draws on popular culture and ancient mythology to create unique images of...

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Rosa Loy Ocula Conversation Rosa Loy By Laura Thomson, Leipzig

Rosa Loy was born in Zwickau, Germany (1958) and lives and works in Leipzig, Germany. She completed her BFA and MFA at the Academy of Visual Art in Leipzig. Along with her husband, Neo Rauch, Loy is associated with the New Leipzig School of contemporary German painting. Loy has exhibited widely including solo exhibitions at the Städtische...

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Boyd Webb Ocula Conversation Boyd Webb By Laura Thomson, Auckland

Boyd Webb was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1947 and attended the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts (Ilam). He won a scholarship to study sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London in 1972 and continues to live and work in Brighton, England. Initially he worked as a sculptor, making life casts of people in fibreglass...

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David Ciclitira Ocula Conversation David Ciclitira By Laura Thomson, London

David and Serenella Ciclitira established the Global Eye Programme in partnership with the Saatchi Gallery in 2008, with the aim of supporting emerging artists. In 2009 the Global Eye Programme launched a series of international touring exhibitions and publications, providing emerging Asian artists with opportunities to showcase...

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Jarrod Rawlins Ocula Conversation Jarrod Rawlins By Laura Thomson, Hobart

Jarrod Rawlins was the co-founder and director of Uplands Gallery, which operated in Melbourne between 2001 and 2011. He was also a founding partner of KalimanRawlins gallery in Melbourne from 2011 – 2013; during his time with the galleries he participated in the Frieze Art Fair, London; Artissima in Turin; the NADA Art Fair in Miami; and...

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