John Olsen: The You Beaut Country

Early this month I saw John Olsen’s latest exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) called John Olsen: The You Beaut Country. The exhibition was showcased from September 16th to February 17th of this year.

Olsen is a widely renowned Australian artist as he plays a major part in defining Australian art history. John Olsen: The You Beaut Country exhibition celebrated Olsen’s free flowing and energetic painting style, inspired by the Australian landscape.


‘The bicycle boys rejoice’ 1955.
‘People who live in Victoria Street’ 1960.

Upon entry I was immediately greeted by bright coloured artworks, beginning from his earlier works and continuing on a journey through to his more recent creations. His art style is very distinctive with his bold painting strokes following a theme of lines spiraling into many directions creating various shapes of landscapes and animals. His works combined of oil and water colour paintings as well as colourful tapestries and pottery.



‘The procession’ 1960.

My personal favorite moment of the exhibition was laying down on a couch and looking up to the ceiling, hung above me were huge canvases filled with various multicolored squiggles creating intricate shapes causing my eye to spot different images as I gazed around the canvas. My friend and I spent a while discussing what we had spotted keeping the moment very entertaining as well feeling quite peaceful and relaxed.

I loved the exhibition and was super glad to catch it before it ended!


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