John Olsen 'Kimberley Tree Frog'

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John Olsen’s fascination with frogs began in 1971 when he held one in the rainforest while filming a nature documentary. Cool and alive in his palm, he was struck by the frog’s oddities – bulbous eyes, wet skin and the ability to spring away like coiled wire. Since then, Olsen has repeatedly paid tribute to the frog, imagining him in all his captivating forms.

In Kimberley Tree Frog, an adolescent frog catapults from above like a skydiver alighting his helicopter. Pond debris – bacteria, worms, algae – scatter before the frog laughing his way to lunch. Like Olsen’s vision for life, this work sees all forms of life, beautiful and awkward alike, as vitally interconnected — expressions of the same great vitality.

Winner of the Wynne, Sulman, and Archibald Prizes, recognized in major institutions, and honored with the Order of Australia, Olsen remains an Australian art legend. 'Kimberley Tree Frog' holds irresistible allure for Olsen collectors, fans of iconic Australian art, and nature enthusiasts. This original etching shines as among his most vibrant and captivating depictions of a frog while its iconic status renders it highly sought-after and collectible. So hop to it — secure it for your collection before it leaps away!

John OLSEN (1928 - 2023)
'Kimberley Tree Frog' 1984
etching on paper
Edition of 100
Image Size: 61 x 38 cm
Dimensions: 100 x 73 x 3 cm
Signed: Numbered, titled, signed 'John Olsen' and dated in lower margin
Comes with Letter of Provenance

Ken McGregor and Jeffrey Makin, John Olsen: Teeming with Life. His Complete Graphics 1955 - 2011, Macmillan Publishers Australia 2011, page 102, illustrated page 103. Work of art illustrated is a representative work from the edition.

Condition is Very Good. Describes a work of art's image as Excellent, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear to paper or frame. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to the paint surface.

(C) John Olsen / Copyright Agency 2023