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Revered Australian artist John Olsen first visited Lake Eyre in the mid-1970s. Since then, the vast corpus of water has, as art historian Patrick McCaughey describes, occupied "Olsen' s Dreaming". For the artist, it never ceases to inspire wonder. Whether skirtish at its edges, or downed in its depths, his reverence for lake is as spiritual, as it is artistic.
Lake Eyre in Flood is a testament to Olsen's adoration for its subject. Tinged turquoise, it churns beneath the eye, recalling the sublimity of the Australian landscape. In his trademark lyricism, Olsen merges land, sky and lake in poetic unity, expressing his philosophy of Vitalism.
On one of his first visits to Lake Eyre, Olsen and naturist Vincent Serventy capsized in a storm that sent his paints skyward and sandwiches seaward. Rather than discourage him, this experience proved integral to his reverence for Lake Eyre. At its sparkling banks, he happily reflects "Gee, I’m very small-time here".
John OLSEN (1928 - )'Lake Eyre in Flood' 2001EtchingEdition of 60Image Size: 40 x 29 cm Signed: Signed titled and editioned in the marginComes with Letter of ProvenanceCondition:Excellent.© John Olsen / Copyright Agency 2020
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