ARTIST - Margaret Olley
'Eucharist Lilies' 1963 (from the Private Collection of Margaret Olley).
Original: Oil on board. 74.5 x 100.00cm.
Edition of 99 Prints: Pigment colours on Hahnemühle 'Rag' then 1 additional finish.
74.5 x 100.00cm
Margaret Olley. (Sydney)
Any Margaret Olley art print is notable but in Margaret's own words, "This is the finest reproduction of my work I have ever seen". It is also a feature plate in her new biography, 'Far From A Still Life' making it an even more important work from a collector's point of view.
Further, as art historian and curator, Christine France, in her biography 'Margaret Olley', said, 'One of the most urbane of this period is Eucharist Lillies, 1963. Here the surface has been flattened by the white cloth being brought forward toward the picture plane, which brings the viewer in direct contact with the objects. The flow into the grey-mauve background suggest that the flowers fill the space. At the same time a feeling of delicacy is brought about by the translucent urn, decanters and glasses, while the firm greys of the Phaidon print tacked to the wall further anchor the composition.'
In a recent interview with Janey Hawley of the Sydney Morning Herald's 'Good Weekend' magazine, Edward Capon, Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales, said that Margaret Olley and her enduring artworks were "iconic national treasures".
In an earlier review he said;
"Margaret Olley is a relentless individual. As a painter (which she would much prefer to be called rather than an artist) she is tenacious and passionate, and certainly not one to be diverted by the fleeting chances of fashion and fragile taste
Her work is a continuing celebration of the great tradition of painting; of the delight in colour, in form and the textures of feeling and emotion that can be expressed in the manipulation of paint. As a painter she finds now, as indeed she has always, extraordinary riches of human sensitivity and aspiration in the most familiar, even prosaic of things, from vases of flowers to bowls of fruit. These humble images of the everyday become in her paintings immortal and yet intimate echoes of real substance.
Still-lifes and interiors are her particular metier and Margaret Olley is an indelible part of that great tradition, from Vermeer in the Seventeenth century to Morandi in the twentieth (two of her favourite artists) which finds constant inspiration, beauty and a rich spirit of humanity in the most familiar and unassuming subject matter".
(extracts from a review by Edmund Capon AM,
Director of The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia)
"Margaret Olley's work celebrates the richness of colour and form in everyday objects, reflecting her lifelong passion for the work of French painters, Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) and Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940). In the 1890s Bonnard and Vuillard painted intimate interiors with an emphasis on colour, the relationship of space between objects and the effect of light and shadow on these objects. This style, termed Intimisme, examines the hidden riches of a private world in which the viewer enters and explores not only the objects, but also the intervals between them. These interiors and still-life subjects provide an ideal vehicle for aesthetic exploration.
Olley continues in this tradition, in a style she has made her own, continually evolving and understanding the placement of objects in her own familiar environment of her Sydney studio.
Olley's work is well established in the London art world with her first solo exhibition being held here over ten years ago followed by a sell-out show with Nevill Keating Pictures in 1999 and another in opur gallery in 2005. In recent years her pictures have been included in two of our group shows of Australian art. However, this 2005 exhibition was the first time her work has be shown alongside these artists from whom she has found inspiration and shares an understanding.
Nevill Keating Tollemache, London 2005
This limited edition print, 'Eucharist Lilies' is from the original in Margaret's own private collection and is gifted to the State Gallery of New South Wales in her estate.
This Margaret Olley art print is a true collector's item.
She is represented in countless private collections and in the collections of;
Air Force Association, Williamtown
Allied Queensland Coalfield Ltd, Brisbane
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Australian National Gallery, Canberra
Australian National University, Canberra
Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria
Brisbane City Hall Art Gallery and Museum
Brisbane College of Advanced Education
Brisbane Grammar School
Broken Hill Proprietary Ltd, Newcastle, New South Wales
Canberra College of Advanced Education
Canberra School of Art Gallery
The Centre Gallery, Gold Coast, Queensland
Lismore Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales
Maitland City Art Gallery, New South Wales
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Newcastle Region Art Gallery, New South Wales
Newcastle University, New South Wales
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Queensland Teachers' Union, G.A. Daughtrey Collection, Brisbane
Redcliffe Arts Centre, Queensland
Rockhampton Art Gallery, Queensland
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
Toowoomba Art Gallery, Queensland