John Olsen
Goya's Dog

11 June – end November 2021 (extended)
National Art School, Darlinghurst

Goya’s Dog begins in Spain during the mid-1950’s when John Olsen experienced significant influences of Spanish culture, poetry and music. That time opened a door for the young, emerging Olsen to explore a darker, and perhaps a more vulnerable side, to his personality and experience. Olsen returned to Sydney and then back again to Spain in the mid-1960’s where his palette became dynamic and bold. The exhibition also features Olsen’s work from the '70s, '80s and '90s. A new and vitally urban Australian ‘voice’ emerged during this time, the voice of the irrepressible ‘larrikin’ that provided such an irreverent vista of this crazy country of ours. The Olsen landscape became like a theatre or a stage; where some human drama is taking place. It is vivacious, teeming with a sort of metaphysical life – in parallel with and embracing real life, ‘making a picture a kind of narrative’, and about paintings being created in a process of evolution.

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