Stephen Ormandy · Polychromatism

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 13th November 2012

Stephen Ormandy – Polychromatism, until November 25th 2012 at Tim Olsen Gallery in Sydney.

Resin / epoxy sculptures from Stephen Ormandy’s Polychromatism exhibition at Tim Olsen Gallery in Sydney.  Top left – Digital Organic Polychromatic XVI, 2012, resin and epoxy 17 x 20 x 12cm. Top right – Digital Organic Polychromatic VII, 2012, resin and epoxy, 18.5 x 18 x 6cm. Bottom left – Digital Organic Polychromatic XVIII    2012, resin and epoxy, 17 x 18 x 14cm. Bottom right – Digital Organic Polychromatic XIV, 2012, resin and epoxy
14.5 x 24 x 19cm.

Primary, 2012, Stephen Ormandy, oil on linen, 198 x 168cm

Stephen Ormandy is well known as one half of iconic Australian design company Dinosaur Designs, whose impressive reputation both here and abroad is well documented, and very well deserved!  I’m not sure I can think of a more inspiring cult status Australian design brand, who continue to innovate and lead in their category, more than 27 years after first launching their business (in 1985!).

However, like the other two founding partners of Dinosaur Designs, Louise Olsen and Liane Rossler, Stephen actually started his career with a degree in fine art, and a burning ambition to paint.  Subsequently, his art practice has developed steadily alongside the growth and success of Dinosaur Designs.

Stephen’s vibrant abstract paintings and sculptures are inspired by the natural world, but also point clearly to his design credentials, emphasised in his measured, precise use of block colour and geometric forms.  Stephen’s current solo show, Polychromatism, opened just last week at Tim Olsen gallery in Sydney.  His striking paintings have gathered a loyal following and have found their way into many private collections over the years, but I must say I’m most drawn to these new resin sculptures he’s made for this exhibition!  Aren’t they incredible?

I wish I could pop up to see this show in person – there appears to be such lovely dialogue between the two-dimensional canvases on the walls, and playful resin sculptures displayed alongside.  However, collectors will be pleased the know that whilst Stephen’s paintings fetch quite large sums these days, the sculptures you see here are comparatively very affordable, starting from $1600.

Stephen Ormandy – Polychromatism
Until November 25th 2012

Tim Olsen Gallery
63 Jersey Road
NSW 2025

Mona Lisa Remix, 2012, Stephen Ormandy, oil on linen, 198 x 168cm

Stephen Ormandy stands in front of his painting – Search Light, 2012, oil on linen, 198 x 168cm.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 13th November 2012


  • Saskia 4 years ago

    Thanks for inducing a hectic dose of pinning before breakfast! Lovely stuff. Wish I could teleport myself over to Woollahra for the day…

  • Kath W 4 years ago

    They’re so figurative, like litttle dancing hubs.

  • Jasmine mansbridge 4 years ago

    Must say I love the Mona Lisa remix… And the sculptures are so playful.. Thanks Lucy for sharing

  • Tess 4 years ago

    Love the use of block colour and what a great photo of Steve!

  • Gill 4 years ago

    I have loved Stephen’s paintings for some time but these sculptures are divine!
    What a lovely Christmas present Dave?

  • Lucy Mora 4 years ago

    You are the coolest Stephan Ormandy!

  • Millie 4 years ago

    Beautiful show Weavie,superb colour action! xxx

  • harmonikas996 3 years ago

    WoW! This is amazing! Abstract but still cool! ;)

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