Bernard Ollis artist

Bernard Ollis awarded OAM

Congratulations to Bernard Ollis on receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the visual arts, and to education.

Bernard Ollis OAM is a British born, Australian artist. He has an extensive academic and professional portfolio across numerous arts institutions within Australia and Europe and is the former and longest serving Director of the National Art School in Sydney.

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 Paris rather than a picture perfect postcard view.

He 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 Ollis 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).

Berard has held over 80 solo exhibitions across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Germany, France and the UK.

Mitchell Fine Art is holding a solo exhibition of new works from 22 August – 9 September 2023.

To view Bernard Ollis artworks please click here.

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