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John Olsen at the National Gallery of Victoria


JOHN OLSEN_McElhone Steps 1963

Words from NGV Program Guide

John Olsen is one of Australia’s greatest living artists. Born in Newcastle NSW in 1928, Olsen is well known for his energetic and distinctive painting style and in particular for his lyrical depiction of the landscape. He is a major figure in the story of Australian art and his unique and sensual pictorial language presents a very personal view of the world.

John Olsen: The You Beaut Country offers an unparalleled opportunity to examine Olsen’s consummate place in Australian art history. His You beaut country series, which followed his return to Australia in 1960 after three years travelling in Europe, 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.

John Olsen: The You Beaut Country is on display at the National Gallery of Victoria from 16 September 2016 before opening at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on 10 March 2017.

A National Gallery of Victoria exhibition in association with the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Presenting a suite of public programs for John Olsen: The You Beaut Country including talks by curators, academics, writers, other artists and creative minds to encourage new insights into John Olsen’s artwork, explore the broader influence of his work, and celebrate his extensive creative practice.


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