Olsen Limited | DENFAIR

DENFAIR is Australia’s leading destination for contemporary design and art for professional designers, architects, interior stylists and design-lovers. Its curated design event, refined over three years and held annually in Melbourne and Sydney, has become the connection point where today hundreds of local and international brands come together in their passion for design to utilise DENFAIR as a platform for business growth and opportunity.

Learn more about Denfair here.

Olsen’s Contemporary Limited Editions in associations with the curated design event are having several of our artists participate in the event. See all the works below.

Crowded Room, 2018

Stephen Ormandy

Fine art print on archival cotton rag paper using fade resistant pigmented inks
Limited edition of 50 prints, hand signed, editioned and titled by the artist
Image size 112.5 cm x 90 cm
First published in 2018

Harbour Pools (Blue Swimmer Crab), 2018

John Olsen

Fine art print on archival cotton rag paper using fade resistant pigmented inks
Limited edition of 35 prints, hand signed, editioned and titled by the artist
Image size 71 x 135cm
First Published 2018


Magnolia and Vine, 2018

Nicholas Harding

Fine art print on archival cotton rag paper using fade resistant pigmented inks
Limited edition of 25 prints, hand signed and editioned by the artist
Image size 61 x 61 cm
First published in 2018


Disco Boat, 2018

McLean Edwards

Fine art print on archival cotton rag paper using fade resistant pigmented inks
Limited edition of 35 prints, hand signed and editioned by the artist
Image size 50 x 50cm
First published in 2018


The Inlet #8, 2018

Julian Meagher

Fine art print on archival cotton rag paper using fade resistant pigmented inks
Limited edition of 25 prints, hand signed, editioned and titled by the artist
Image size 80 x 64cm
First published in 2018

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A Congratulations to our artists

OLSEN Gallery would like to congratulate NICHOLAS HARDING , JULIAN MEAGHER and FIONA MCMONAGLE who were all selected as finalists in the 2018 Archibald Prize , as well as JOHN OLSEN who is a finalist in this year’s Wynne Prize.

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Sweet creation: Cake decorator Charmaine Sheehan recreating John Olsen’s painting ‘King Sun & the Hunter’ for the artist’s birthday party at Newcastle Art Gallery. Picture: Marina Nei

The luscious colours and delicious shapes in John Olsen’s art make it a feast for the eyes.

On Saturday at Newcastle Art Gallery, people won’t have to just look. They will be able to devour an Olsen painting. Or, at least, a sweet copy of his art.

One of Australia’s greatest living painters, Olsen is returning to the city of his birth for a party at the gallery to celebrate his 89th birthday.

“I’m just so moved and impressed that Newcastle has remembered me this way,” said Olsen, from his Southern Highlands home.

The party will have about 500 guests, including members of the public who applied for free tickets. The venue, which is a stone’s throw from his childhood home, will be decorated with his art, as the gallery’s current exhibition is ‘John Olsen: The City’s Son’. And the icing on the cake will be an Olsen.

Lake Macquarie cake decorator Charmaine Sheehan has spent about 40 hours baking and brushing, mixing and piping, recreating Olsen’s painting, King Sun & the Hunter, which is the exhibition’s centrepiece. The cake artist admitted she had not heard of John Olsen before receiving the commission. On her way to look at the exhibition, she typed his name into the internet.

“I thought, ‘Oh, no!’, but I like a challenge,” Mrs Sheehan said, as she whipped drops of green food colouring into butter cream to recreate his trademark frogs. “It’s an artwork within an artwork.”

The one-metre long cake’s ingredients include about nine kilograms of butter and 38 packets of icing sugar, and how many kilojoules?

“Too many,” laughed Mrs Sheehan, as she brushed on blue and purple edible paints, representing the Hunter River. “But it will be good on the lips for a while.”

Just as the original is good on the eyes. Olsen painted King Sun & the Hunter as a tribute to his home region. The gallery, along with its society and foundation, is fund-raising to buy the painting, so it can remain in the city’s collection. Gallery manager Lauretta Morton wouldn’t disclose what the target amount was but said “we’re well over half-way” and she was “extremely confident” it would be reached.

The Olsen exhibition has attracted more than 21,000 visitors and generated a lot of excitement.

“I’ve been here 15 years, and I’ve never seen a community connection as strong as this,” said Lauretta Morton.

John Olsen, who couldn’t attend the opening in November due to illness, said it was “very humbling” that there had been such a warm response to the exhibition.

“Never in my life could I have imagined such a thing, it’s moved me very much,” the artist said. “I’m going to make it a habit to visit Newcastle at least two or three times a year.”

Homecoming: Newcastle-born artist John Olsen


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Michael Brand (AGNSW Director), Matt Moran (Chef) and John Olsen at the launch of ‘John Olsen: a recipe for art’ at the Art Gallery of NSW.

*** Local Caption *** AGNSW Director Michael Brand, Artist John Olsen, Chef Matt Moran

                 L to R: AGNSW Director Michael Brand, Artist John Olsen, Chef Matt Moran

As a young man John Olsen made a life-changing discovery – Mediterranean cuisine, ‘the cuisine of the sun’. Fresh, seasonal produce and its preparation has been central to his life and a key ingredient in his creativity and his art, from his famous paella paintings to lively sketches in his journals. -AGNSW

To purchase John Olsen: A Recipe for Art please follow the link here

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Now open at the Newcastle Art Gallery, John Olsen’s ‘The City’s Son’, a retrospective of John’s work that is a wonderful celebration of his affection for his birth place with carefully selected works capturing the Hunter regions waterways together with beaches, lakes, and wetlands.

The show also features the new acquisition by John entitled ‘King  Sun and the Hunter’.

For more information visit their website here and read the article on the ABC News here


From the Newcastle Gallery website:

‘This exhibition celebrates master painter and Australian living treasure, John Olsen OBE, AO.

Born in Newcastle in 1928, Olsen considers himself a Novocastrian and in November he returns home to curate an exhibition that captures the essence of his birthplace. 

JOHN OLSEN: The City’s Son, features works personally chosen by the artist that reflect his affection for Newcastle and the Hunter region’s waterways; the beaches, harbour, lake, river and wetlands. Describing the works of art selected as ‘going coastal’ they resonate with the city’s relaxed culture and lifestyle heart. Importantly, the exhibition will showcase 35 works of art from the Gallery’s collection including ceramics, prints and paintings spanning 1954 -1992.

The exhibition also unveils a major new work celebrating Newcastle and the Hunter region.

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Don’t miss your chance to win a once in a lifetime experience to visit John Olsen’s studio and have lunch with the artist.

Enter the Newcastle Art Gallery’s raffle to be one of 6 lucky winners.

Details below.

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From the gallery’s website:

‘With less than three weeks to go before the opening of the exhibition, JOHN OLSEN: The City’s Son, at the Newcastle Art Gallery, the Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation has announced a special opportunity for the people of Newcastle to be involved in this unique venture – a collaboration between the artist, the Gallery and Foundation and the city which was his childhood home and inspiration.

This is your chance to be one of only six successful ticket holders to be a guest at John Olsen’s studio in the Southern Highlands to meet the artist, have a peek into his studio and enjoy lunch together. This is a rare opportunity indeed. Only one hundred tickets are being made available to the public and to Foundation and Art Gallery Society members.

The tickets can be purchased on the Foundation’s website or at the Gallery.

The ticket price of $250 includes transport, refreshments along the way, and exclusive access to John Olsen and his work. The 6 winners will be announced at the opening of the exhibition JOHN OLSEN: The City’s Son on 4th November 2016. The studio visit is scheduled for early February 2017.

Click here to buy a ticket from their website.

This will be a unique opportunity to see John Olsen, an iconic Australian artist, and Newcastle’s son.

All Proceeds will assist the Foundation’s fundraising campaign to purchase the work The river is a strong brown God 2016, which John Olsen is creating especially for this exhibition. Let’s make sure it has pride of place in our Newcastle Art Gallery.

100 tickets to be sold. Raffle to be drawn by John Olsen on Friday 4th November 2016 at the Newcastle Art Gallery at 6.30pm. Winning ticket holders will be notified by phone or e-mail.’

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Destination Sydney Exhibition

Olsen Irwin is thrilled to announce that two of our artists have been selected to be featured in the Destination Sydney Exhibition.

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Destination Sydney is a multi-venue exhibition across the Manly Art Gallery, Mosman Art Gallery and S.H. Ervin Gallery designed to promote cultural tourism around Sydney.

Both John Olsen and Cressida Campbell have been selected to be part of a collaborative exhibition across three of Sydney’s key public galleries.

Sydney has long been a point of focus and convergence for many artists born in other parts of Australia. The beauty of the city’s bush harbour foreshores, the quality of light and palpable sense of energy and movement within the city has provided many artists an ongoing inspiration and a wealth of rich source materials from which to draw.

Each of the artists selected for this exhibition have been influenced by their experiences of living and working in Sydney that the city and its harbour have become central themes within their artistic production. Some of the artists selected were born in Sydney, but found that the city’s pictorial and poetic possibilities inspired them only after a long stint travelling abroad.

Over 140 artworks have been lent for the exhibitions with many coming from private collections making this exhibition a must see.




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Tarrawarra Museum of Art: The Triumph of Modernism

Opening on the 21st of June 2015 at the Tarrawarra Museum of Art is having an exhibition surveying Australian Modernism entitled The Triumph of Modernism.

OLSENSalute630John Olsen, Salute to Cerberus 1965 (detail) Oil on plywood)

The Triumph of Modernism spans 60 years of Australian Art and features over 60 iconic works by 26 artists who have shaped the development of modern art in Australia.

The Exhibition is curated by former Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Edmund Capon AM, OBE and features works by Olsen Irwin Artists John Olsen, Fred Williams and William Delafield Cook.

The official opening is Sunday 21 June 2 – 3pm and strict RSVP by Tuesday 16 for two acceptances only.

At 2pm Edmund Capon will be delivering a keynote address and bookings are advised to be essential.

For more information Contact

Telephone (03) 5957 3100

Email museum@twma.com.au

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John Olsen Artist Signing

Olsen Irwin had the pleasure of a visit from John Olsen this morning.

John visited the Gallery keen to view the final days of Luke Sciberras’ exhibition Human Condition.

John was very impressed by Sciberras’ work and praised on the high standard of Sciberras’ Exhibition.

“Luke’s works continue to get better and this exhibition is evident of this”

John gave his best emogie sign of approval and managed to match his jacket to Sciberras earthy tones



Whilst in the Gallery John did a signing of his latest Fine Art Reproductions.


Art Reproduction are stamped, signed and edition by John and are reproduced on the highest quality archival paper.

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John Olsen, Kimberly Wetseason

If you’re interested in learning more about Artist reproduction works by John Olsen a visit to the Works on Paper Gallery, 74 Queen Street is a great start.

For you a range of his reproduction works click here


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John Olsen gifts new work to Mosman Regional Gallery

Yesterday members of Sydney’s art community gathered at the Mosman  gallery to witness the unveiling of a work gifted to the gallery by John Olsen. The work entitled The Rolling Sea and that Streeton Painting is Olsen’s response to Arthur Streeton’s Sydney Harbour, 1895 donated as part of the Balnaves gift.

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Inspired by seeing a reproduction of Streeton’s Sydney Harbour John wished to “paint a conversation with it”.

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“The painting is an evocation of memory. As students at the Julian Ashton Art School we would delight to take the Manly Ferry when the sea was rough. Round about Balmoral the ferry would roll and the turbulent sea would wash over the deck. How exciting, what fun. The Streeton painting evokes that – notice how the ferry is riding the turbulent sea. When I saw it at the Mosman Gallery, how supremely it is and confirms our experience today.

‘The Rolling Sea…’ confirms and emphasises that experience, it is an all at once world. I can think of no better place for it than to be near Streeton’s painting of 1895 and how that same circumstance can be viewed today.”


“This addition to Mosman Art Gallery’s collection by John Olsen, a living master who has been inspired by Arthur Streeton, a great Australian Impressionist, is an important cultural gift for all generations to appreciate for years to come,” Mosman Mayor Cr Peter Abelson said.


The MOSMAN ART GALLERY is located at cnr Art Gallery Way & Myahgah Road, Mosman, NSW and is open daily 10am – 5pm

02 9978 4178





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