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John Olsen John Olsen i(A3132 works by) (a.k.a. John Henry Olsen)
Born: Established: 1928 Newcastle, Newcastle - Hunter Valley area, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

'Born in Newcastle in 1928, Olsen is often referred to as Australia’s greatest living painter. He received an Order of Australia (AO) in 2001. In 1977 he was awarded the OBE for services to the arts and in 1993 an Australian Creative Fellowship. He won the Wynne Prize in 1969 and 1985 amongst many other awards throughout his long career. He is represented in all State Collections and in regional galleries across the country. He is also represented in major public and private collections in Australia, Europe, the UK and the USA. Olsen was represented in the 1989 Archibald Prize with Donde voy? Self portrait in moments of doubt. In yet another Archibald controversy, Olsen was tipped to win but didn’t. He still laughingly refers to the Prize as “a chook raffle.”' (Source: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/2005/28103/ )

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Personal Awards

2001 recipient Centenary Medal For service to Australian society and art
2001 recipient Order of Australia Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) For service to the visual arts as a painter and graphic artist, and in the area of arts administration.
1976 recipient The Order of the British Empire Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Awards for Works

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The Harbour Review : Roman Nathan Roche , 2015 single work novel
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