John Olsen by Darleen Bungey

By Darleen Bungey

Joint winner of the 2015 leading Minister's Literary Awards for Non-Fiction

This landmark biography via Darleen Bungey, the writer of the distinguished biography of Arthur Boyd, graphically depicts the forces that drove John Olsen to develop into one of many country's maximum artists. an exciting ebook, either trenchant and soft, it strips away the veneer of showmanship and reputation to teach the substance of a painter pushed through a necessity to depict his country's panorama as Australians had by no means noticeable it earlier than.

Given entry to his uncensored diaries and drawing on years of in depth interviews with either Olsen and those that have identified him most sensible, she explores his passionate lifestyles and follows his navigation although the friendships, rivalries and politics of the Australian paintings international. How did a shy, stuttering boy from Newcastle, overlooked by means of his alcoholic father, come to color the good mural Salute to 5 Bells on the Sydney Opera residence?

This biography follows that trip - via Olsen's early reports within the bush, relatively a formative interval at Yass (a time formerly unrecorded), to years of cleansing jobs to pay his means via artwork university, to a milestone time spent in France and Spain - and lines his consistent travels and relocations inside of Australia, together with his epic trips into the outback and to Kati thanda-Lake Eyre.

From a toddler who used to be by no means taken to an paintings gallery, who learnt the way to draw from comics, we come to work out the well-known artist within the black beret, the author and poet, the attractive public speaker, the bon vivant - whose lifestyles has been outlined through an absolute have to paint.

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