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.

 

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‘The bicycle boys rejoice’ 1955.
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‘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.

 

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‘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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