John Olsen

The You Beaut Country


The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square

Ground Level

16 Sep 16 – 12 Feb 17

John Olsen is one of Australia’s greatest living artists. Born in Newcastle NSW in 1928, Olsen is well known for his energetic and distinctive painting style and in particular for his lyrical depiction of the landscape. He is a major figure in the story of Australian art and his unique and sensual pictorial language presents a very personal view of the world.

John Olsen: The You Beaut Country offers an unparalleled opportunity to examine Olsen’s consummate place in Australian art history. His You beaut country series, which followed his return to Australia in 1960 after three years travelling in Europe, began what would be a lifelong interest in representing the landscape and Australian identity. These works are presented alongside his more recent paintings, prints and watercolours, including those inspired by the filling of Lake Eyre. The exhibition reveals an artist who at 88 years of age has lost none of his passion for his subject matter, nor his creative vitality and retains a unique ability to capture the spirit of the Australian landscape.

A National Gallery of Victoria exhibition in association with the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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Drawing Activity

For over fifty years, celebrated artist John Olsen’s paintings and drawings of the Australian landscape and wildlife have inspired reflection on the beauty and wonder of the world around us. In a special project with the NGV, Olsen has created a drawing activity as part of the exhibition John Olsen: The You Beaut Country. Visitors of all ages are invited to select a work on paper featuring a partly drawn image by John and imagine what the lines and shapes could be, forming a unique collaboration with the artist.
A great Australian artist


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