Margaret olley - the early years
We have been fortunate that through the wonderful Downlands community we have made contact with a private collection of extraordinary early works by the late Margaret Olley.
These artworks are of varying media, but are primarily works on paper including ink and wash and also some fantastic monotypes which Ms Olley was noted for as a experimental achiever of great renown.
This body of work will be presented as a collection completed from the late 1940's and throughout the 1950's as Margaret Olley moved from the family home into art college, ventured overseas with other notable Australian artists, then returned to Australia with a well known dependency on alcohol. With the support of her brother Ken and other family members and friends - she managed to overcome her vices and grow to become the fantastic still life painter we all know so well. In 2005 Ms Olley stated she had "... a very lucky escape and [it was] the wisest thing I've ever done in my life." (7:30 report, ABC).
What many people are not aware of is her ability to capture a portrait in ink, a landscape in oils or, very significantly, cityscapes in pen and wash.
The collection we will present will not be for sale, but will be an educational retrospective of her early work with some insight into her travels and her relationships with friends and family over the period.
See our Media Release here.
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