Saturday, October 22, 2016

John Olsen

While I quite liked John Olsens work I was never really  interested in it But a visit to John Olsen You Beaut Country exhibition has me a fan!
This exhibitions covers his return to Australia in 1960 after three years travelling in Europe, where he 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.
Some fabulous interviews with him.
An alert and active painter in his late 80's
Many of the paintings were inspired by a poem and that was described there as well 
Well worth a visit or two!
The Lake Eyre series

This is  called Paella

Lake Eyre

This is a tapestry he commissioned from a Painting
and other works he had sone by the Melbourne Tapestry worship 

Dinner Service by Robert Mair
The Terry Whelan Suite
All same but different 

Some inspired by Basho (Japanese poet)

Just a fraction of one room!

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