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John Olsen

The Office

Belle Magazine
February 2020

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John Olsen: Taking refuge in beauty

limelightmagazine.com.au
Angus McPherson
December 20, 2019

Tim Olsen tells us about his father's latest exhibition, and why the 91-year-old Australian artist won't be found on the golf course.
John Olsen in the studio. Photo © Ken Redpath

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Recent Works: in conversation with John Olsen

Russh
Genevieve Brannigan
20 December 2019

John Olsen, Australia’s most revered living artist, unveiled a suite of new works this month at his son’s Olsen Gallery. A formidable presence in the art world for over six decades, Olsen shows little sign of slowing down. Simply titled Recent Works, his new exhibition includes sprawling landscapes, nuanced studies of animal life and intimate paintings based on the artist’s passion for food and cooking. Now 91, Olsen is a painter who has forever changed how Australians see their country and its landscapes. After immersing himself in the art scenes of Paris and Spain, Olsen returned to Australia in 1960 – creating the first of his hugely influential works, based on a unique vision of the outback and its endless flux.

 

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John Olsen

Artist Profile
Steve Lopes + Leo Robba
Issue 16, 2011

In his ninth decade, John Olsen’s legendary lust for life is as obvious as ever and so is his devotion to drawing, a practice that has underpinned his long and distinguished career. What is also evident when talking with Olsen is that his diverse life experiences have informed his approach to art. Memories of tough times during the Depression in the late 1920s, creative battles of a life spent dedicated to art, and the many wonderful people who have shared his world and great places he has visited are all deeply intertwined through his work. He is still looking outward, projecting what he sees and more importantly celebrating life - just as he did as a young boy growing up in Newcastle, discovering a passion for drawing.

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Life Cycle

Australian Financial Review Weekend
Michael Bailey
30th November 2019

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Good Food in Pictures

Good Food Guide
Callan Boys
1 October 2019

National writer Callan Boys has delves deep into the archives to bring you this collection of photographs and memories celebrating Sydney's rich restaurant history, documented over almost four decades in the Good Food Guide

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WISH Magazine, The Australian
Milanda Rout
3 May 2019

Two more generations of artists are following in the footsteps of patriarch John Olsen - and they're not shy when it comes to giving each other feedback.

"Your grand-père is going to be watching!? booms John Olsen to his 20-year-old granddaughter Camille Olsen-Ormandy as the pair pore over an art book and discuss the importance of learning to draw. Laughter erupts from one of Australia??s greatest living artists, as it does from his daughter Louise Olsen and her husband, Stephen Ormandy, the co-founders of Dinosaur Designs and artists in their own right. ??No pressure, no pressure,? quips Louise. ??He is watching, he is watching us all!?

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Australian Womens Weekly
Susan Chenery
April 2017

Living the artistic life sounds romantic, but there have been some dark and difficult moments in the life of the irrepressible artist John Olsen and his family. Susan Chenery meets a living legend and his talented offspring.

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John Olsen: the you beaut country

Art Gallery of NSW
March 20, 2017

The most comprehensive display ever mounted on one of Australia's greatest living artists This exhibition surveys John Olsen's remarkable seven-decade career, including paintings, ceramics, tapestries and works on paper from collections across Australia. It features some of his most iconic and arresting works, including large-scale paintings of Sydney Harbour and Lake Eyre and his career-defining landscape series The you beaut country. Olsen is renowned for his energetic painting style and his lyrical depictions of the Australian landscape and its life-forms. The exhibition traces the development of his spectacular and idiosyncratic vision, highlighting his lifelong interest in the natural world and his continued pursuit to capture the Australian identity. A National Gallery of Victoria exhibition in association with the Art Gallery of NSW.

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Sydney Morning Herald
Linda Morris
10 March 2017

"Hello, my lovelies, you are still here," the artist John Olsen exclaims as if approaching old friends.  On the wall of the Art Gallery of NSW are a series of oils painted in the early 1960s from which the new retrospective, John Olsen: the you beaut country, borrows its laconic title.

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The Daily Telegraph
Elizabeth Fortescue
9 March 2017

ARTISTS often talk about their studios as locations of solitude and retreat. But John Olsen's beautiful Southern Highlands workspace took on an even deeper dimension late last year.

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John Olsen: You Beaut Country exhibition opens at the Art Gallery NSW

ABC (Image: ABC News: Clarissa Thorpe)
On Focus with Wendy Harmer
9 Mar 2017

John Olsen is one of Australia's greatest artists, with works across multiple mediums produced over nearly seven decades.

The John Olsen: You Beaut Country exhibition features some of his most iconic and arresting works, including large-scale paintings of Sydney Harbour and Lake Eyre as well as his career-defining landscape series.
He spoke with Wendy Harmer about his excitement for this exhibition and his journey as an artist. From being an 'outrageous' younger man, to his quest for perfection and how his best is yet to come.

Broadcast: Thu 9 Mar 2017, 8:30am (transcript)

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Newcastle Herald
Sam Rigney
22 January 2017

ABOUT a year ago, iconic Australian artist John Olsen agreed to create an iconic painting that would capture the essence of his birthplace. 

It was a deeply personal work, a reflection on his beginnings. 

Unfortunately, illness meant he couldn’t be there when the exhibition opened in November last year. 

But on Saturday at Newcastle Art Gallery – just a short distance from his childhood home – Olsen got to share a piece of that work, a slice of the Hunter, with hundreds of other art lovers.

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A great Australian artist John Olsen

John Olsen, is a lover of many things: people, food, literature, and the natural world. Above all, Olsen is a lover of art and life. Listen in as Olsen tells stories of his life, work and an enduring passion for capturing the spirit of the Australian landscape.

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The You Beaut Country, National Gallery of Victoria

John Olsen: The You Beaut Country offers an unparalleled opportunity to examine Olsen?s consummate place in Australian art history. His You beaut country series, which followed his return to Australia in 1960 after three years travelling in Europe, began what would be a lifelong interest in representing the landscape and Australian identity. These works are presented alongside his more recent paintings, prints and watercolours, including those inspired by the filling of Lake Eyre. The exhibition reveals an artist who at 88 years of age has lost none of his passion for his subject matter, nor his creative vitality and retains a unique ability to capture the spirit of the Australian landscape.

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Explore John Olsen's 'You Beaut Country' at the NGV

Daily Review
NGV
October 2016

John Olsen is one of Australia's greatest living artists. Daily Review was fortunate to chat with exhibition curator David Hurlston and see Olsen's distinctive works which are on display at The National Gallery of Victoria Ian Potter Centre through until February 2017.

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SON OF THE BRUSH

Vogue Australia
Tim Olsen
October 2016

John Olsen is one of Australia's greatest living artists. Here, his son, gallerist Tim Olsen, who helped curate a new retrospective, reflects on his bohemian childhood and gives a rare insight into his father's powerful ability and influenc. For Vogue Australia’s October 2016 issue, Olsen Irwin Director Tim Olsen, who helped curate his father John Olsen’s new retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria, reflects on his bohemian childhood and gives a rare insight into his father’s powerful ability and influence.
“In many ways, John’s paintings have the ability to distort and play with time.” – Tim Olsen

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John Olsen: You Beaut Country exhibitino

Sydney Morning Herald
September 2016

Arguably Australia's greatest living artist, Olsen is about to launch his largest ever retrospective at the NGV.

John Olsen is known for his energetic painting style and masteful depiction of the Australian landscape...

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The Sydney Morning Herald
Hannah Francis
14 September 2016

If painting is dead, as some art critics say, nobody told John Olsen. "I'd like to know the time of death," he says with the brightest of glints in his eye. "I'm alive. So painting isn't dead."

At 88 years old and widely considered Australia's greatest living painter, Olsen is about to launch his largest ever retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria.

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John Olsen's You Beaut country

ABC.net.au (late night live)
Presenter: Philip Adams
September 13, 2016

He is regarded as Australia's greatest living artist - for over 60 years John Olsen has been showing us new ways to look at the country's landscapes - from Hill End to Lake Eyre. At the opening of a retrospective of his paintings, murals, works on paper, ceramics and weavings at the National Gallery of Victoria, John Olsen sat down to talk to Phillip about his long, rich, colourful life.

This episode was first broadcast on September 13, 2016

Image: John Olsen, Phillip Adams, NGV Edge Theatre (Gail Boserio, RN)

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The Weekend Australian
Ashleigh Wilson
10 - 11 September 2016

John Olsen's second major retrospective, 25 years after the first, is a landmark for our greatest living artist

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