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John Olsen

Untitled (Pelicans), 2012

watercolour
28 x 40cm
$ 22,000 Gallery price

During an early sojourn in Europe between 1957 and 1960, Australian painter John Olsen absorbed the influences of among others, Hayter,Dubuffet, COBRA artists Lucebert, Jorn and Alechinski and Tapies. His work also shows affinities with Far Eastern art and demonstrates an interest in literature, particularly such Anglo- Celtic writers as Yeats, Thomas, Joyce and Beckett. But this retrospective of his of his paintings revealed an oeuvre that could only have been produced within the Australian context. He has taken as his chief subject the Australian landscape, and he has given expression to aspirations that permeate much of Australian culture.

Olsen is a master watercolourist with exquisite and humorous paintings which bear comparison with the best of Zen sumi tradition without ever striking a false note. His acute evocations of local wildlife, larrikins and the immense, intractable landmass itself constitute an art that is regional but in no sense provincial. The environment is conjured through loosely brushed and stained expanses of colour that are keyed to natural light. In Olsen's work there is no foreground/ middle ground/ background schema, nor any sign of European landscape's concern with "human scale." Instead he employs simultaneously the contrary vantages of naturalist and geographer.

Courtesy of Private Collection, Melbourne.

Find out more about John and his work here.

 

LOCATION


926-930 High St, Armadale.

VIEWING

12-6pm, Monday 7 Sept. 2015

AUCTION

Monday 7 Sept. 2015
Cocktail party at 6.30pm followed by the Art Auction.

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CONTACT

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Phone +61 3 9272 5699  

ADDRESS

Level 1, 306 Hawthorn Rd,
Caulfield South, VIC 3162
 
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John Olsen

Untitled (Pelicans), 2012

watercolour
28 x 40cm
$ 22,000 Gallery price

During an early sojourn in Europe between 1957 and 1960, Australian painter John Olsen absorbed the influences of among others, Hayter,Dubuffet, COBRA artists Lucebert, Jorn and Alechinski and Tapies. His work also shows affinities with Far Eastern art and demonstrates an interest in literature, particularly such Anglo- Celtic writers as Yeats, Thomas, Joyce and Beckett. But this retrospective of his of his paintings revealed an oeuvre that could only have been produced within the Australian context. He has taken as his chief subject the Australian landscape, and he has given expression to aspirations that permeate much of Australian culture.

Olsen is a master watercolourist with exquisite and humorous paintings which bear comparison with the best of Zen sumi tradition without ever striking a false note. His acute evocations of local wildlife, larrikins and the immense, intractable landmass itself constitute an art that is regional but in no sense provincial. The environment is conjured through loosely brushed and stained expanses of colour that are keyed to natural light. In Olsen's work there is no foreground/ middle ground/ background schema, nor any sign of European landscape's concern with "human scale." Instead he employs simultaneously the contrary vantages of naturalist and geographer.

Courtesy of Private Collection, Melbourne.

Find out more about John and his work here.