Popped into Sydney to visit mother and sister and found time to call in to the John Olsen exhibition at the Art Gallery. What a treat!
Olsen’s Australian landscapes seen in their full size are amazing and draw you in with a real sense of the colour and space in our country. The Lake Eyre series are really evocative and the ‘You beaut country’ works are iconic.
It was interesting to learn that he was part of a group of young artists who held a protest at the AGNSW in the early 1950s against the conservative Archibald Prize selectors and that he was in the vanguard of artists who led the way to an Australian approach to modern landscape painting.
I also love the drawings of ponds and leaping and swimming frogs – so cheeky and so Australian.