Here is one for the collectors - a true museum quality original etching by legendary Australian artist John Olsen. This etching is an artist and publisher's singular proof for the individual etching Peak Hour, part of John Olsen‘s seven piece suite Seaport of Desire.
Seaport of Desire was a visual exploration of Sydney Harbour's aesthetically seductive maritime and architectural landmarks. According to Tim Olsen, in his introduction to the suite, this title refers to one of John Olsen’s earliest harbour works titled 'Entrance to the Seaport of Desire' 1964 – a reflection of it as a ‘salacious woman’, “… like a devouring sun bitch goddess”. Seaport of Desire highlights another aspect of Olsen’s feelings towards the harbour. Having lived the bulk of his life there, he celebrates it through fond memories of growing up in the harbour city, including its great icon – the Sydney Harbour Bridge– and its frenetic lifestyle.
The suite originated when, in August 2002, Jeff Makin from Port Jackson Press Australia, art consultant Ken McGregor and master printers Belinda Fox and John Neeson transported a proofing press and a portable printmaking studio from Fitzroy, Melbourne to John Olsen’s studio at “Owl’s Wood” near Bowral, NSW. Olsen created and proofed the plates at his studio, including this print, and the editions were printed at Port Jackson Press Australia, Melbourne, in 2003.
This original proof etching give us an insight into the production process which is what makes it museum quality. The collector of this may choose in the framing process to reveal or conceal the marginalia by selecting either a float or window mount. This unique proof is a one off version of the etching Peak Hour that retails for $5500, making this etching not only museum quality but also outstanding value.
John OLSEN (1928 - )
'Seaport of Desire' 2002
Edition: inscribed in margin AP1
Image Size: 44 x 60 cm
Dimensions: 70 x 85 x 5 cm
Signed: signed 'John Olsen' in margin
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Literature: Ken McGregor, Teeming with Life John Olsen: His Complete Graphics 1957 - 2005, Macmillan Publishers Australia 2005,page 225, illustrated page 225. Proof from a limited edition of ninety
Availability: in stock
© John Olsen / Copyright Agency 2019
 Olsen, Tim Sydney Harbour-Seaport of Desire, 2003, opening page
 ibid. (quoted from John Olsen)