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John Olsen : an artist's life

Author: Darleen Bungey
Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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"This landmark biography from Darleen Bungey, the author of the acclaimed Arthur Boyd biography, explores what drove John Olsen to become one of the country's greatest painters. This biography delves into what drove John Olsen to become one of the country's greatest painters and how his need to depict the landscape of Australia grew throughout his life. This life, which began in Newcastle in 1928, took him to Bondi  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Olsen; John Olsen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Darleen Bungey
ISBN: 9780733331138 : 0733331130
OCLC Number: 886644562
Description: pages.
Responsibility: Darleen Bungey.

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"This landmark biography from Darleen Bungey, the author of the acclaimed Arthur Boyd biography, explores what drove John Olsen to become one of the country's greatest painters. This biography delves into what drove John Olsen to become one of the country's greatest painters and how his need to depict the landscape of Australia grew throughout his life. This life, which began in Newcastle in 1928, took him to Bondi at the age of seven, then onto Yass as an evacuee during the war years. This would be his first and formative time in the bush and to this point has gone totally unrecorded. After Yass it was back to Sydney and onto art school. After years of tough slog but buoyed by the admiration of his teacher, John Passmore, in 1955 he produces his first critical success, the figurative 'Bicycle Boys'. As a boy Olsen was not encouraged in any way to appreciate the arts. He was never taken to an art gallery. He had few school friends. He learnt how to draw from comics before spending five years cleaning office buildings and toilets at night to put him through art school. It's this unlikely boy, with a crippling stutter and a drunken, abusive father, who will become the poetic raconteur, the stylish bon vivant, the engaging public speaker, and a man who will never waver from the belief that only painting can be his saviour."--Wheelers.

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