Artist Statement: Art is not so much talent as character.. it's what you are, the qualities of the person. John Olsen.
CHG Director's Statement: John Olsen is one of Australia's greatest living artists. Born in Newcastle in 1928, Olsen is well known for his energetic and distinctive paintings.
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.
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 Art Gallery of NSW Wynne Prize in 1969 and 1985 amongst many other awards throughout his career.
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