Friendship, Ollie Cool
After a corporate career working and living in Australia, the USA and Asia, Ollie studied photography in London, graduating with distinction. Upon her return to Australia in 2000, Ollie set up her studio in the town of Mollymook on the south coast of NSW.
Ollie’s photographic journey has had an organic approach transitioning from landscape photographer to interpretative and conceptual photographer. In recent years she has explored traditional processes such as encaustic (wax), cyanotype (sun prints) and incorporated natural materials in her work.
Very much a hands on artist Ollie taught herself to tan sharkskin, treat fish scales and bones which she uses in emotive Black and White ocean scapes. A self proclaimed Salt Water person her latest works encourage the viewer to think about our approach to natural resources, especially in relation to the ocean.
Ollie has been a finalist in the Eureka Science prize, winner of the Our Impact section of ANZANG, and in 2018 a Landscape Photographer of the Year finalist. Ollie’s work forms part of private and corporate collections in Australia, Canada, USA, UK, Vietnam and New Zealand.
In addition to her photographic endeavours Ollie was on the Board of the local Arts Festival for nearly 10 years and has curated the ‘Tasting Room Gallery’ at Cupitts Milton featuring all forms of artwork.
Exhibitions & Awards
2019 Memento Anima, works on boards, The Wall, Ulladulla
2018 Finalist ANZANG Landscape Photographer of the Year
2017 Un- Broken, Encaustic works on board, Fairbanks Eye Gallery, Ballarat
2016 Frozen Flight, Encaustic works, collaborative works Gold Street Studio, Victoria 2015 Wintermind, Ballarat Biennale – Fringe
2012 Red. Collaborative exhibtion. Alley Gallery, Ulladulla
2012 Dark Places Full of Light,with Glenese Keavney, Shoalhaven Arts Center, Nowra 2012 Summer on the Coast Collaborative Exhibtion, Alley Gallery,Ulladulla
2011 Shoalhaven Open Art Prize – Winner Best Photograph
2011 Friends of the Gallery Exhibition Beach Art Framing Ulladulla
2011 Manuka Access Gallery Canberra, Members Show- Co Peoples Choice winner 2011 Black and White Collaborative Exhibtion, Alley Gallery, Ulladulla
2010 EscapeArtfest 8 x 8 Competiton – Overall Winner
2010 Escape Artfest Shoalhaven Open Art Prize – Commended
2009 Above Below and Beyond, Riversdale 7 exhibition Cupitts Winery Artfest 2009 2009 “Healthy Aging” Exhibition with Annette Potter & Annie Palmer
2008 Winner “Our Impact” Section of ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year
2008 EscapeArtfest Shoalhaven Open Art Prize – Best Photographic Entry
2005 From Source to Sea – Riversdale7 Exhibition in Kiama
2004 Highly Commended Merrogal Women’s Art Prize
2004 Remains of the Day – Riversdale7 Exhibition in Kiama
2004 Joint Exhibition in Gerringong with artist Barbara Spence