CHG Director's Statement: Margaret Olley is one of Australia’s most recognised and loved still-life painters. She drew inspiration from the beauty of everyday objects including arrangements of flowers and fruit, set amid collectables, art and her home environment. She was a major benefactor to public institutions, and sat for two Archibald Prize winning portraits including one by Ben Quilty - who referred to her as 'a friend and great supporter of my work'.
"It's an extraordinary compliment to Olley that the most sought-after invitation was to dinner at her place, not to lord or lady this or that, or to some chic house in Point Piper"
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