‘Torres Strait’ exemplifies what makes John Olsen a truly great Australian artist. Expansive, saturated in colour and impossibly exuberant, it represents the philosophy of Vitalism - which states that all living things are interconnected. Here, the churning Torres Strait is captured as a living organism where water meets seaweed, sun, land and sky. This is typical of Olsen, whose intuitive style brings together the forces of life with blissful unity.
This large work is a stellar example of Olsen’s ouvere. It represents his mastery over the difficult medium of watercolour and lifelong engagement with the landscape. 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 is the ideal work for fans of Australian art, the Torres Strait or the sheer power of nature.
John OLSEN (1928 - )
'Torres Strait' 2006
watercolour and pastel on paper
Image Size: 98 x 119 cm
Dimensions: 125 x 140 x 4 cm
Signed: Signed John Olsen, titled Torres Strait and dated '06
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
Condition:Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image As New, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.
© John Olsen / Copyright Agency 2019
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