John Olsen – Limited Editions

Available in 2 sizes - Large or X Large

Approx 70 x 100 cm framed
Sizes variable
Prices from $2,600
X Large
Approx 130 x 100 cm framed
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Prices from $4,500

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John Olsen Biography

John Olsen was born on 21st January 1928 in Newcastle, Australia.

John Olsen moved with his family in 1935 to Bondi Beach, which began his lifelong fascination with Sydney Harbour. He went to the Datillo Rubbo Art School in 1947 and in 1950 to 1953; he studied at the Julian Ashton School in Sydney, and Auburn School, 1950 to 1956. A Sydney art critic riased funds in 1957  for John Olsen to go to England and paint.

In 1957 John Olsen studied printmaking in Paris, followed by two years in Spain.

John Olsen returned to Sydney in 1960. He wanted to represent Australian culture in such a way that the world would see the diversity in the changing outback seasons.

In 1968 Olsen set up and ran the Bakery Art School, and in 1972-73 he painted 'Salute to Five Bells', inspired by Kenneth Slessor's poem. John Olsen's work has been marked by a deep engagement with the Australian landscape, and he has lived for long periods in different parts of the country and travelled widely in it. He has served on the boards of the Art Gallery of new South Wales and the National Art Gallery in Canberra. 

His artworks include the Lake Eyre series and more recent works such as Golden Summer, and the Clarendon'. One of Olsen's most successful murals, Salute to Five Bells, is currently hung in the Sydney Opera House. Although he has been labelled as an abstract artist John Olsen rejects this accusation, stating, "I have never painted an abstract painting in my life". He describes his work as "an exploration of the totality of landscape". Olsen published his diaries, under the title 'Drawn From Life', in 1997.

John Olsen won the 2005 Archibald Prize for his portrait "Self Portrait Janus Faced".

John Olsen lives near Bowral, New South Wales, Australia.