Bronwyn Oliver was one of the leading sculptors in Australia. Her stunning metal sculptures writhe and swirl into organic forms. Intricate and time consuming to create, Oliver was working to redefine sculpture, using empty space and energy as a material like the metal she painstakingly moulded.
Exhibition view, Bronwyn Oliver, The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver, TarraWarra Museum of Art (19 November 2016 – 5 February 2017); Photo: Andrew Curtis
Bronwyn Oliver Ammonite, 2005; copper; 95 × 90cm; Photo: Andrew Curtis
Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Handle with Care, The Art Gallery of South Australia, curated by Felicity Fenner
Strange Cargo: Contemporary art as a state of encounter, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Bendigo Art Gallery, Orange Regional Gallery, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery and Tweed River Regional Gallery
The Year in Art, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
International Beijing Biennale 2003, Beijing
'Fathoming: Contemporary Australian Sculpture', Regional Galleries Association of Queensland, travelling exhibition, May 2002 - December 2004
'National Sculpture Prize', National Art Gallery, Canberra
'Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award & Exhibition', Werribee Park, Victoria
'All Stars', Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
'Systems End: Contemporary Art in Australia', Oxy Gallery, Osaka, Hakone Museum, Dong Ah Gallery, Seoul
Annette Larkin, Justin Miller and Damian Hackett, Vogue Living, 'going, going, gone…Three auction house experts reveal their top 10 favourite Australian artists to watch…, pg 110, May-June 2005
The Australian Art Market Report, Autumn 2005, Issue 15, pg. 44
Peter Hill, “Join the Red Dots,” Spectrum, Sept 25-26, 2004, pg. 8
Geoffrey Leeson, “Global Vision,” Landscape Australia, no.103, August 2004, p. 24
Glenis Israel, artwise: visual arts 7 - 10, 2nd edition, John Wiley & Sons, Qld. pp. 60 - 61
Benjamin Genocchio, “Sculpturitis,” Art Monthly Australia no. 155, November 2002, p. 6, 7
Hannah Fink, “Strange Things,” in HEAT 4. Burnt Ground, ed. Ivor Indyk, November 2002, pp. 117-187
Peter Hill, “Critics Picks,” Sydney Morning Herald (Metro), Dec 6 - 12, 2002, p. 31
Bruce James, “Queen of the uncanny turns up the heat,” Sydney Morning Herald (Metropolitan), Wednesday, November 27, p.16
Louise Martin-Chew, “Pieces from the heart,” The Weekend Australian, June 8-9, p. 21
Oliver, Bronwyn “Bronwyn Oliver”, National Sculpture and Prize Exhibition, 2001.
Bryce Hallett 'Sculptors Bank on Prized Alliance' Sydney Morning Herald', 16th November
Laura Murray-Cree 'My Favourite Work in an Australian Public Collection', Art &Australia June 2000 issue
Sebastian Smee 'Going Bush' 'Sydney Morning Herald' 12th January (artist profile)
Andrew Frost 'Australia's 50 Most Collectable Artists' 'Australian Art Collector ' January issue
Benjamin Genocchio 'A Walk in the Park' 'Weekend Australian' 9th October (Sydney Sculpture Walk review)
'Bronwyn Oliver' Catalogue. Essay by Felicity Fenner. Published by Moet et Chandon, Epernay, France
Moet & Chandon Touring Exhibition 1994 Catalogue Essay' Bronwyn Oliver' by Peter Timms, p.11 Catalogue published by Moet & Chandon Australian Art Foundation 1994
Confrontations' Group Show, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Catalogue Essay by Nick Waterlow Bronwyn Watson 'The Accidental Purist' Sydney Morning Herald, 23 July p.20
'Rediscovery' Australian Artists in Europe 1982-92 Group Exhibition, 10 Artists Pabellon des Artes, Expo '92, Seville, Catalogue Essay by Edward Colless
'Perspecta 1991,' Art Gallery of NSW, Catalogue Essay by Victoria Lynn, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Graeme Sturgeon, 'Contemporary Australian Sculpture' Craftsman House Publication
'French/Australian Artist Exchange' Group Exhibition Catalogue, Chapelle Salpetriere, Paris, Catalogue text, 'Bronwyn Oliver', by Nicholas Fedorenko 'Exotic Blooms on Sacred Ground' Nicholas Rothwell. 'The Australian' 14 February (review of group show) 'Outstanding in Frozen Paris' 'The Sydney Morning Herald', 18 February (review of group show)
Graeme Sturgeon. 'A Bicentennial Look at Australian Sculpture' 'Art and Australia' Spring
Hilton Hotel, Sydney
University of New South Wales, Sydney City of Sydney, Sculpture Walk, Sydney Open Museum, Botanical Gardens of Sydney City of Brisbane, Queen Street Mall Hyatt Hotel, Adelaide Orange Regional Gallery, NSW Quay Restaurant, Darling Harbour
Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria
Represented in public and private collections in England, Europe and USA
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Australian National Gallery, Canberra National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane South Australian State Gallery, Adelaide University of New South Wales, Sydney
Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
A number of private and public collections have been completed including 'Magnolia' and 'Palm' in the Botanic Gardens for the Sydney City Council Sculpture Walk, and 'Big Feathers' in the Queen Street Mall for the Brisbane City Council.
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