John Olsen 'Cormorants at the Barrage'

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John Olsen’s vision is informed by a deep reverence for the environment. Whether the undulating curvatures of Australia from above or eye-to-eye with its inhabitants, Olsen’s view is uniting. He sees all forms of life as interconnected, vital and enthralling. 

In this work, Olsen crouches beside the Goolwa Barrage on the Murray River to watch a trio of waterbirds. Hunched and unaware of their portraitist, there is something anthropomorphic about these birds. They recall fishermen gathering on the river’s banks to discuss the day. Under Olsen’s hand, creatures great and small are no more alien than the family next door.  

Olsen has been described as Australia’s greatest living artist. With a career spanning over 50 years, his work is celebrated and collected by all major Australian institutions. ‘Cormorants and the Barrage’ comes from a sold out small edition of thirty-five, is created with the finest museum quality archival materials and hand signed by the artist. It also comes with a Letter of Provenance so that you can document your collection.

For avid collectors of Olsen and important Australian art, take up birding watching with this tranquil etching.


John OLSEN (1928 - )
'Cormorants at the Barrage' 2004
Etching on paper
Edition 8 of 35
Image Size: 26 x 29 cm
Dimensions: 56 x 38 cm
Signed: Signed 'John Olsen', titled and editioned in margin. With embossed Port Jackson Press Australia stamp 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 249, illustrated page 250 (another number from the edition).

Condition: Excellent
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