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BERNARD OLLIS
At the End of the Day

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In looking for a title for this exhibition, Ollis became aware that many of the works dealt with the evening, from twilight through to dusk and nightfall. That time when skies deepen, shadows lengthen and streetlights illuminate artificially. Most of these works are in oil pastel, a medium the artist has been working with for many years. It's a very direct process and allows Ollis to work en plein-air directly in situ. Most of these works deal with a very specific location at a very specific time of day, but a few are imagined.

 

"I have always seen myself as an observer of the comedie humane. This includes the stage sets I create in the form of architectural spaces. These works deal with aspects of the city or an urban environment. New York for example is such a friendly over-the-top place and so recognizable with it's iconic brownstone buildings and zig zag metal fire escapes at the front, rather than hidden at the back." Reflects Ollis.

Villa le Reve, Vence, near Nice, is the house and studio where Matisse lived in his later years. Ollis had the privilege of being able to draw from his balconies and observe his garden some 60 years after his death. Much of that view is still the same.

 

 

Sydney has been Ollis' home for nearly 20 years and he delights in observing its colour and energy, from Kings Cross through to imaginary beach side suburbs. Last but not least there is Paris, which continues to inspire with in that very special city of lights.

The End of the Day celebrates the city at night through the eyes of a truly invigorated and iconic Australian artist.

View Previous Work by Bernard Ollis
Incognito 2008
Journey's through Italy and Egypt 2009
Paris Revisited 2011
Paris Considered 2012

For further information, please email ng@ngart.com.au

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Beachside Suburb Nightfall

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Beachside Suburb Nightfall 2

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Place Vendome Dusk

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Le Villa Reve Twighlight

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Room Near Soho

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Villa Le Reve Steps

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Mister Softie at Time Square

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Place Vendome with Cartier Advertising Opast

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Corner Grand and Bowery NY

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Couples at Night

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Lovers and Bridges

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Place Vendome Night

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Bridge and Couple Large

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Bridge and Couple Small

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Conceirgerie Evening

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Kings Cross 10pm

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Pont Neuf at Night

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Woman in a Room Night with Flowers