A Huge John Olsen Retrospective is Coming to NGV

Posted by Beat Magazine on 2/8/16.

The National Gallery of Victoria will host a comprehensive exhibition of iconic Australian artist John Olsen’s illustrious career, arriving as the most comprehensive survey of his work to date.

With a career spanning almost seven decades, Olsen has carved a place in Australian art history. He is known for his energetic painting style and evocative landscapes that have captured Australia’s unique terrain and spirit with a distinct visual language.

The latest instalment of Olsen’s career-defining landscapes series, The you beaut country, will be unveiled in this Australian premiere exhibition. Commencing in 1960, the series highlights Olsen’s lifelong interest in the natural world and his continued pursuit to capture the Australian identity.

The exhibition will survey Olsen’s career and will feature his most iconic and arresting works, including large-scale paintings of Lake Eyre, the Simpson Desert, Sydney Harbour and his much-loved tree frogs.

John Olsen: The You Beaut Country will be showcased at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia from Friday September 16 2016 to Sunday February 12 2017. Tickets available through NGV’s website.

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