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John Olsen

Born in Newcastle in 1928, John Olsen is now considered one of Australia’s most influential abstract painters. Influenced by his European counterparts while studying Art in Paris and Spain during the 1960’s, his work began to take on a wandering, child-like scrawl of linear superstructure, imposed on a rich, free and colourful observation of his surrounding Australian landscape. He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2001 and has won a number of significant Australian Art prizes, including the Archibald in 2005.