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Recent Works


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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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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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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Life Cycle

Australian Financial Review Weekend
Michael Bailey
30th November 2019

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