Paris and Other Stories is a vibrant collection of paintings by artist Bernard Ollis, depicting his playful and idiosyncratic view of some of the world’s most beloved cities; Paris, Sydney, London and New York, amongst a host of others. Ollis captures beautifully the romance of these cities with paintings saturated in colour - vibrating with humanity, humour and narrative. 

Ollis arrived in Australia after graduating from London’s Royal College of Art at the age of 25 where he was tutored by the likes of David Hockney and Sir Peter Blake. He is winner of the Conrad Jupiter Art Prize, Gold Coast and the John Minton Art Prize, London. He has also been finalist on several occasions for the Sulman, Moran and Dobell Drawing prizes. He has been awarded artist residencies across the globe - from Paris, to Malta, Egypt, China and Antarctica. Well respected as the Director of the National Art School in Sydney (a position which he held for over 10 years) his paintings can be found in 24 prestigious collections the world over, including the Royal College of Art in London,  the NGV in Melbourne, the NGA and Parliament House in Canberra.  He now lives between Paris and Sydney.

This extraordinary exhibition will open to a private audience on Saturday 9 September with a conversation between the artist Bernard Ollis and seasoned storyteller and journalist John Hockney, brother of the famed British artist David Hockney. Join us for this very special evening which will feature a curious insight in to the origin, career and travels of this exceptional international artist. Accompanied by a light banquet from Versatile Restaurant and wines from Brindabella Hills Winery.

Tickets will be limited. $65.00


About Us

Welcome to Aarwun Gallery. We are proud to have been part of the cultural fabric of Canberra for over seventeen years. We describe our collection as rich and eclectic. Old and new works hang side by side on our walls. We represent some of Australia's finest classical landscape and portrait artists as well as carrying a wide portfolio of stunning contemporary works. Heritage treasures from Norman Lindsay, Pro Hart and David Boyd sit alongside exquisite dot works from the indigenous community. Paintings, printmaking, ceramics, glass, bronze and sculpture; we embrace the endless diversity of the best which Australia has to offer. Open seven days and by appointment in the evening, find us on Federation Square in Canberra's Gold Creek.