John Olsen was an Australian artist known for his landscape paintings, prints, and tapestries.
He was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, on January 21, 1928, and is considered one of Australia’s most significant living artists.
Olsen’s art career began in the 1940s when he studied painting at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney.
He later traveled to Europe, where he studied in Paris and London, and was influenced by the works of French Impressionists such as Cézanne and Matisse.
In the 1960s, Olsen became associated with the Sydney art movement known as the “Sydney Push,” which included other prominent Australian artists such as Brett Whiteley and Martin Sharp.
He began to develop his own unique style, characterized by vibrant colors, bold brushstrokes, and an emphasis on the Australian landscape and its native flora and fauna.
Olsen’s work has been exhibited in major galleries and museums throughout Australia and internationally, and he has received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to Australian art.
He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001 for his services to the arts.
Olsen died on 11 April 2023, at his home near Bowral, New South Wales, at the age of 95.
Tributes were given by Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese and Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Nick Mitzevich.
John Olsen wife: Meet Katharine England
Katharine England was the fourth wife of Australian artist John Olsen. They were married in 1990 and remained together until Olsen’s death in 2021.
Katharine England is an author and former literary editor of The Australian newspaper. She has written several books, including a biography of the artist Rosalie Gascoigne and a memoir titled “Tell Me You Love Me”.