John Olsen’s kinship with frogs began in 1971 when he held one in the rainforest. Cool and alive in his palm, he was profoundly struck by the frog’s oddities - bulbous eyes, wet skin and the ability to spring like coiled wire. Since then, Olsen has repeatedly paid tribute to the frog, imagining him in all his captivating forms.
In ‘Floating’, Olsen pictures the frog in a state of unexpected elegance - swimming. Like his vision for life, this work sees life as vitally interconnected. From tadpole to frog, it teaches about the circle of life in ebullient, intuitive lines. A tribute to the polyphony of nature in all its miracles - both big and small - collect ‘Floating’ before it glides away.
Winner of the Wynne, Sulman and Archibald Prizes, represented in all major institutions and a recipient of an Order of Australia, Olsen is an icon of Australian art. This work will charm collectors of Olsen, important Australian art and those who care about nature.
John OLSEN (1928 - )
sepia-tinted etching on paper
Image Size: 18 x 25 cm
Dimensions: 56 x 39 cm
Signed: Signed, dated, titled, and numbered in pencil in margin below image: AP Floating John Olsen 04
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Bears Port Jackson Press intaglio stamp lower right.
Availability: in stock
© John Olsen / Copyright Agency 2021
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