John Olsen

John Olsen

Australian Artist

John Olsen was born in NSW in 1928 and has become recognised nationally and internationally as one of Australia’s most significant and accomplished artists of the twentieth century. John Olsen’s beginnings started at the Julian Ashton School before undertaking further study in Europe.  He returned from Europe in 1960, introducing an expressionistic type of painting into Sydney. He combines his child-art type of imagery with a highly intellectual sophistication. Olsen also designs tapestries and in 1972 was commissioned to paint a mural for The Sydney Opera House. His work is represented in State and Provincial galleries.