All the world’s a stage

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uated from Lon­don’s Royal Col­lege of Art, won a schol­ar­ship to travel to Paris and moved to Aus­tralia in 1976 to teach art at Darwin Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

Now, he owns a small Paris studio apart­ment and trav­els there a few months of the year with part­ner and artist Wendy Sharpe to draw and find in­spi­ra­tion in Europe’s gal­leries.

“My Paris works are of­ten look­ing out of rooms through win­dows, and in the win­dows are part of the theatre of life,” Ol­lis said.

“They’re like pic­tures within pic­tures and sort of feel like a stage set.

“The Theatre of Life seemed to en­com­pass those as­pects of my work and gave it a ti­tle, which was open enough to al­low many in­ter­pre­ta­tions about what I like do­ing.”

The for­mer Na­tional Art School direc­tor has evolved an artis­tic prac­tice that is dif­fi­cult to cat­e­gorise, with as­pects of ex­pres­sion­ism, nar­ra­tive and al­le­gory.

Some re­fer to his works as be­ing naïve while oth­ers say they are ro­man­tic, but with­out ques­tion they def­i­nitely burst with colour.

Ol­lis was in Perth over the week­end for his ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing at Robert Bu­ratti’s re­cently re­lo­cated gallery, Bu­ratti Fine Art.

For­merly in North Fre­man­tle, the gallery moved to the new Hay Street space in Su­bi­aco at the be­gin­ning of March af­ter Bu­ratti de­cided he needed a more cen­tral lo­ca­tion.

The two-storey venue in­cludes a ground floor print show­room and first-floor ex­hi­bi­tion space.

“We came across a great build­ing where we can com­bine the ex­hi­bi­tion side of the busi­ness with Bu­ratti Edi­tions, which fo­cuses on artist prints, lim­ited edi­tions and art books,” Bu­ratti said.

“We work with ev­ery­one from emerg­ing lo­cal artists to in­ter­na­tional es­tab­lished artists.

“So for Bernard’s ex­hi­bi­tion we have a se­lec­tion of his ma­jor paint­ings up­stairs, and down­stairs are his works on paper and print­mak­ing as a lovely com­ple­ment to the show.”

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson­mu­ni­ d435400

Artist Bernard Ol­lis with gallery owner

Robert Bu­ratti.

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