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Low Tide, Broome 2003
© John Olsen
180 x 240cm  POA
oil on board    UNDER OFFER
Spring Tide - Sydney Harbour 2007
© John Olsen
200 x 400cm  $770,000
oil on board    SOLD
Harbouring 1989
© John Olsen
183 x 244cm  POA
oil on canvas    SOLD
The Fisherman's Cart Arrives Majorca 2010
© John Olsen
167.5 x 183  $380,000
oil on linen    SOLD
Seafood BBQ 2010
© John Olsen
182 x 200cm  $450,000
oil on canvas    SOLD
Fish Kitchen
© John Olsen
92 x 87cm  
mixed media on paper    SOLD
The Spanish Kitchen c. 1980
© John Olsen
107 x 122cm  
oil on linen    SOLD
Simply Swell, At The Icebergs 2007
© John Olsen
183 x 199cm  $480,000
oil on linen    SOLD
Summer at Campy 2007
© John Olsen
183 x 305cm  $660,000
oil on board    SOLD
Popping Blue Bottles 2007
© John Olsen
199 x 214cm  $550,000
oil on linen    SOLD
Morning -Frog Pond 2014
© John Olsen
90 x 80cm  $75,000
mixed media on French watercolour paper    SOLD
The Paella 2013
© John Olsen
80 x 80cm  $70,000
mixed media on French cotton paper    SOLD
Morning at the lilypond 2013
© John Olsen
80 x 80cm  $70,000
mixed media on French cotton paper    SOLD
Tropical lily pond 2013
© John Olsen
80 x 100cm  $75,000
mixed media on French cotton paper    SOLD
Coopers creek 2013
© John Olsen
80 x 100cm  $75,000
mixed media on French watercoloue paper    SOLD
Squid in its own ink 2013
© John Olsen
80 x 100cm  $75,000
mixed media on French watercolour paper    SOLD
Study for the Bicycle Boys
© John Olsen
66 x 49cm  $15,000
mixed media on paper
Kitchen Story 2012
© John Olsen
76 x 92cm  $45,000
watercolour on paper    SOLD
Untitled 1970
© John Olsen
48 x 64cm  $40,000
gouache on paper    SOLD
Approaching Lake Eyre 2012
© John Olsen
98 x 112cm  POA
mixed media on French cotton paper    SOLD
Divorce Italian Style 1979
© John Olsen
62 x 80cm  $18,000
mixed media on paper
Lake Eyre - Jackboot Bay 2011
© John Olsen
160 x 120cm  $120,000
mixed media on French cotton paper    SOLD
Indat Monkey
© John Olsen
35 x 27cm  $15,000
charcoal and pastel on paper
Spider Monkey 1986
© John Olsen
117 x 85cm  $35,000
Ink on paper    SOLD
Skate with Black Butter 2010
© John Olsen
56 x 76cm  $35,000
mixed media on paper    SOLD
Huevos a la Flamenca 2010
© John Olsen
56 x 76cm  $35,000
mixed media on paper    SOLD
Squid Ink Risotto 2010
© John Olsen
75.5 x 82.5cm  $65,000
mixed media on paper    SOLD
Kakadu 29/30 1998
© John Olsen
30 x 45.5cm  $4,500 (framed)
Soft ground line etching with aquatint
With that voice give us a little dance. Croaking Frog. 2007
© John Olsen
76 x 56cm  $8,500
Etching
Life Class 2001
© John Olsen
24 x 15cm  $1,980
Etching, 2/20
Emus at the Coorong 2005
© John Olsen
25.5 x 28cm  $3,080
Etching, 32/40
Boy and Waterfall 2001
© John Olsen
25 x 18cm  $1,980
Etching, 37/40
Belly Dancer 2001
© John Olsen
56.5 x 35cm  $2,670 (framed) $2,420 (unframed)
Crayon etching with aquatint
Bird and Teapot 2000
© John Olsen
20 x 16.5cm  $1,320
Etching, 29/50
Fish Kettle 2002
© John Olsen
11 x 20cm  $1,320
Etching, 11/30
Landscape Near Coolah 1994
© John Olsen
43 x 59 cm  $5,500 (framed)
Soft ground line etching
Bird and Kangaroo 1979
© John Olsen
91.5 x 62.5cm (paper size)  $6,500
Lithograph
The Cooper Enters the Void AP 1975
© John Olsen
60.5 x 40.5cm  $6,500 (framed)
Sugarlift, aquatint and engraving
Dragonfly 2011
© John Olsen
10 x 15cm  $2,350
etching
Jump II 30/30 2009
© John Olsen
17 x 15cm  $2,950 (framed)
etching
Dinner II 2008
© John Olsen
25 x 22cm  $3,500
Etching, 12/15
Iceberg 2008
© John Olsen
14.5 x 7cm  $1,500
Etching, 7/10
Lucio's 15/60 2003
© John Olsen
44 x 60cm  $5,750 (framed)
Hard ground line etching, aquatint, à la poupée
Bondi Icebergs AP 2007
© John Olsen
31 x 43cm  $3,850 (framed)
Etching
The Catch 22/30 2005
© John Olsen
50 x 50cm  $5,280 (framed)
Soft ground line etching with acid tint
Octopus 2004
© John Olsen
30.9 x 17.8 cm (plate size)  $2,400 (framed)
Sugarlift aquatint, 6/30
The Bouillabaisse 2011
© John Olsen
52 x 57 cm  $1,800
Limited edition fine art reproduction
The Little Universe of the Sous Chef 2011
© John Olsen
90 x 92cm  $2,800
Limited edition fine art reproduction
 

John Olsen

BIOGRAPHY
Born in Newcastle, 1928.

In 2001 Dr John Olsen was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO). In 1977 he was awarded the O.B.E. for services to the Arts and in 1993 he was awarded an Australian Creative Fellowship. He was also awarded the Wynne Prize in 1969 and 1985 amongst many other awards throughout his career.
 
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2014
'Myself and Other Animals', Metro Gallery, Melbourne
2013-14
'John Olsen: New Work', Olsen Irwin, Sydney
2013
'John Olsen: An Exhibition of New Work', Osborne Samuel, London in conjunction with Olsen Irwin, Sydney
2012
'Lake Eyre - The Desert Sea', Metro Gallery, Melbourne
2011
John Olsen, 'Lake Eyre - The Desert Sea, Ruminations on an empty landscape, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
John Olsen, 'Lake Eyre - The Desert Sea, Ruminations on an empty landscape, Tim Olsen Gallery at the Hong Kong Art Fair, Hong Kong
2010
'Culinaria - The Cuisine of the Sun', Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2009
Paintings and Drawings, Metro Gallery, Sydney
2007
'Available Etchings', Tim Olsen Gallery Annex, Sydney
  'A Salute to Sydney', Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
'John Olsen Ceiling Commissions', Newcastle Region Gallery
2006

'The Coorong: Unfinished Journey', Metro Gallery, Melbourne
'Selected Works', Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
'John Olsen: His Complete Graphics', Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
'John Olsen, Selection of Graphics, Eastgate and Holst Gallery,
Melbourne

2005

John Olsen, Tim Olsen Gallery Annex, Sydney
'The Flight to Broome', Tim Olsen Gallery Annex, Sydney
'Pulse', Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Victoria
'Teeming with life, His complete Graphics 1957-2005', Book launch and exhibition of selected etchings, Cosa Gallery, London
'The Coorong Suite', New Releases, Print Survey, Port Jackson Press Gallery, Melbourne
'A selection of recent etchings by John Olsen', Impressions on Paper Gallery, Canberra

2004 John Olsen, Recent Works, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2003

John Olsen, Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne
'Sydney Harbour, Seaport of Desire, A survey of prints and drawings',
Port Jackson Press, Melbourne

2002 Seaport of Desire, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2001 Recent works on paper, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
2000 John Olsen: Past & Present, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney
1998 John Olsen: Recent Paintings 1995 - 1998, Olsen Carr Art Dealers, Sydney
'New York Nowhere', recent paintings and works on paper, Olsen Carr Art
1995 John Olsen: Recent Works, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane
1994 John Olsen: Recent Work 1992-1994, Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne
1993 John Olsen: Recent Works, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
John Olsen: Recent Etchings, Olsen Carr Art Dealers, Sydney
1992 John Olsen Retrospective, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1991-2 John Olsen Retrospective, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1991 John Olsen, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1990 John Olsen, Australian Galleries, Sydney
1989 John Olsen, Greenhill Gallery, Perth
'The Land Beyond Time, Works from the Christensen Fund Collection', touring exhibition Manly Art Gallery, Sydney; Nolan Gallery, Canberra; The Centre Gallery, Gold Coast
1988 John Olsen - Encounters with Drawing, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1987-8 John Olsen - Encounters with Drawing, Wollongong City Gallery
1986 Paintings and Drawings by John Olsen from the permanent collection,
John Olsen - In Search of the Open Country 1961-1986, Heide, Melbourne
John Olsen: Gold, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
John Olsen, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1985 John Olsen, Tynte Gallery, Adelaide
1984 John Olsen, Tynte Gallery, Adelaide Festival 1984, Adelaide
1983 John Olsen: Selected Graphics, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
John Olsen - The Land Beyond Time, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
1982 John Olsen 81-82 and Noela Hjorth, Bortignon's Kalamunda Gallery of Man,
John Olsen, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1981 John Olsen: A Sliver of Time, Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney
1980 John Olsen: Exhibition of Recent Paintings, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
John Olsen: Paintings and Drawings 77-80 Lister Gallery, Festival of Perth, Perth
John Olsen: My Complete Graphics, David Reid Gallery, Sydney
1979 John Olsen: Earth Hold etchings, Cintra House, Brisbane
1978 John Olsen: Paintings and Drawings 77-78, Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney
1977 John Olsen: Recent Paintings, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1976 John Olsen: Recent oil paintings, gouches, drawings and etchings, Ray
The Child in us All, St John's Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane
1975 John Olsen: Edge of the Void, Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney
John Olsen 74-75: Edge of the Void and Opera House Mural Studies, Australian
Edge of the Void: Paintings, Drawings, Etchings and Lithographs by John Olsen,
Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide
John Olsen: Etchings, Gallery Huntly, Canberra
1974 John Olsen, Atelier 72 Gallery, Adelaide
1973 John Olsen, Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney
1972 John Olsen, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1971 John Olsen, Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney
1970 John Olsen, Reid Gallery, Brisbane
1969 The Dunmoochin Summer: John Olsen '69, Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney
John Olsen '69- Exhibition of Gouches and Oil Paintings, White Studio, Adelaide
1967 Entrance to the Castle of Life: John Olsen 66-67, Clune Galleries, Sydney
Entrance to the Castle of Life: John Olsen 66-67, South Yarra Gallery, Melbourne
1965 John Olsen, Clune Galleries, Sydney
John Olsen, South Yarra Gallery, Melbourne
1963 An Exhibition of Recent Paintings, Gouaches & Drawings by John Olsen,
John Olsen: Recent Paintings, Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1960 Olsen, Galerie Lambert, Paris John Olsen, Terry Clune Galleries, Sydney
1958 John Olsen, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1955 John Olsen, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
 
Selected Group exhibitions
Southern Reflections: Ten Contemporary Artists, an exhibition that toured Northern Europe, 1998-1999
Private Collections, Orange Regional Gallery, 1998
Escape Artists: Modernists in the Tropics, touring regional galleries in Queensland and New South Wales 1998-1999
   
Collections
John Olsen's work is represented in all Australian state gallery collections, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and regional galleries Australia wide. He is also represented in institutional, corporate and private collections in Australasia, United Kingdom, Europe and the United States of America.
 
Selected Bibliography

Virginia Spate, John Olsen, Georgian House, Melbourne, 1973
John Olsen, Salute to Five Bells: John Olsen's Opera House Journal, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1973
John Olsen, My Complete Graphics, 1957-79, Gryphon Books, Melbourne, 1980
Sandra McGrath and John Olsen, The Artist and the Desert, Bay Books, Sydney and London, 1981
John Olsen: Gold, exhibition catalogue, introduction by Edmund Capon, essay by John Olsen, AGNSW, Sydney, 1986
Deborah Hart, John Olsen, Craftsman House, 1991
John Olsen, Drawn from Life, D&S, Sydney, 1997
John Olsen, 'A Journey into You Beaut Country, by Jenny Zimmer & Ken McGregor, MacMillan Press, 2007

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