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Margaret Olley 1923-2011

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Margaret Olley 1923-2011
 Marigolds and Fruit
Edition of 80
Etching on 100% Cotton Rag
Image size 59 x 79cm
Paper size 79 x 108cm
Colours 6 Plates 4

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Margaret Olley 1923-211
 Basket Oranges, Lemons, Jug

Edition of 250
Giclee Archival 100% Cotton Rag
Image size 76 x 100 cm
Paper size 92 x 116 cm

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Poppies and Checked Cloth
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Still Life and Flowers, Plums & Oranges
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Margaret Olley biography 

Margaret Hannah Olley AC (24 June 1923 – 26 July 2011) is a famous Australian painter. Margaret Olley participated in more than 90 major solo exhibitions. Margaret was twice the subject of an Archibald Prize by William Dobell in 1948 winning painting and by Ben Quilty in 2011 and also was the subject of numerous paintings by many of her artist friends, including Russell Drysdale. On 10 June 1991 in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, Margaret Olley was made a Member of the Order of Australia 'for service as an artist and to the promotion of art'. On 12 June 2006, Olley was awarded Australia's highest civilian honour, the Companion of the Order, 'for service as one of Australia's most distinguished artists.

Margaret Olley was born in Lismore, New South Wales. She attended Somerville House in Brisbane during her high school years. She was so focused on art that she dropped one French class in order to take another art lesson.

Her work concentrated on still life. In 1997 a major retrospective of her work was organised by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She received the inaugural Mosman Art Prize in 1947.

On 13 July 2006 she donated more works to the Art Gallery of New South Wales; her donations included more than 130 works worth $7 million. Olley died at her home in Paddington in July 2011, aged 88.

Margaret Olley was twice the subject of an Archibald Prize winning painting; the first by William Dobell in 1948 and the other by Ben Quilty in 2011. She was also the subject of paintings by many of her artist friends, including Russell Drysdale.

On 10 June 1991, in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, Olley was made a Member of the Order of Australia 'for service as an artist and to the promotion of art'.


National Gallery of Australia

Art Gallery of New South Wales

National Gallery of Victoria

Queensland Art Gallery

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Artbank, Sydney

Australian National University

University of New South Wales

University of Queensland

University of Sydney

Bendigo Art Gallery

Lismore Regional Art Gallery

Newcastle Region Art Gallery

Toowoomba Art Gallery

Tweed River Art Gallery

Wollongong City Gallery

On 12 June 2006, she was awarded Australia's highest civilian honour, the Companion of the Order, 'for service as one of Australia's most distinguished artists, for support and philanthropy to the visual and performing arts, and for encouragement of young and emerging artists'.

Born in Lismore in 1923, Margaret Olley studied at the Brisbane Central Technical College then at East Sydney Technical College graduating in 1945 with first class honours. She went on to study and travel extensively - to France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, China, Russia and Cambodia. During the 1940's she became a prominent figure in the Sydney art scene and joined other artists such as Donald Friend at Hill End.

Olley held her first solo exhibition in 1948 and has held at least one exhibition annually. She is known for her colourful interiors and still life paintings. She is also widely known for being the subject of the famous William Dobell portrait which won the Archibald Prize in 1948.

Olley's close friend, the Australian entertainer Barry Humphries writes "A visit to Margaret Olley is certainly an unforgettable experience. Her house is a series of studios, filled burgeoning with furniture, textiles and objects that she incorporates into her ravishing nature mortes. In each room, and in various stages of completion, stands a painting, propped sometimes against a chair, or flung with seeming carelessness upon a sofa - there is no sign of so formal an accoutrement as an easel.

A simple table, covered with gourds and tangerines and upon which might also rest a Turkish pot, a jar of flannel flowers or a dish of desiccated raspberries, stands against a black and gilded Chinese screen. In the foreground, Miss Olley's painting of this subject is casually appended. It is not difficult to image that she was once (in 1959) the proprietrix of an antique store." Margaret Olley is a legend in the art world - both as an artist and a generous philanthropist. Her paintings are highly sought after by public and private collectors both in Australia and all around the world.

In 1991 Margaret Olley was awarded the Australian Office of the Order of Australia (AO) and in 2006 she was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the Queen's Birthday Honors List.

In 2007, Margaret Olley was appointed a Fellow of the National Art School. She is only the third Fellow to be appointed, joining Peter Rushforth and John Coburn.

Margaret Olley sadly passed away on 26th July 2011 in her home in Paddington, Sydney.

Reference: Margaret Olley, a Biography Christine France (1990); Margaret Olley Barry Pearce (1996); Margaret Olley Recent Paintings (1997).'Far From A Still Life' a biography by Meg Stewart (2005).


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Giclée print on archival 100% rag paper


What is a Giclee graphic Print?

In giclee printing, no screen or other mechanical devices are used and therefore there is no visible dot screen pattern. The image has all the tonalities and hues of the original painting.

Giclee (pronounced Gee’clay) is a French term meaning to spray or squirt.

Each Giclee Graphics is numbered and sign by the artist.

In giclee printing, the artist produces a large-format scan of the original artwork. Giclee prints retain the hues of the original painting, and the artist check color proofs before a print run, which can be as many or as few prints as the artist wishes. The inks used are light-fast and remain true for up to 25 years if they are kept out of the sun. Prints can be done on paper or canvas in whatever size the artist desires. A benefit of canvas prints is that they won't crease when rolled for mailing.

However, it is not the same as a standard desktop inkjet printer, and is much larger. Giclee prints are a little over a metre wide and are often affectionately referred to as a “knitting machine” as they look very similar.

Having prints available to buyers allows artists to reach a wider audience, at lower price points. Like when writing a song, the artist sells a recording, not the tune itself.  

What is a limited edition graphic print?

A Limited Edition Print is a Graphic, derived from an image produced from a block, a plate, a stone, on zinc, copper or some similar surface on which the artist has worked closely with a print maker or master printer. Unlike paintings or drawings, prints exist in multiples. The total number of impressions an artist decides to make for any one image is called an edition.

Each impression in an edition is numbered and personally signed by the artist.

An image may be based on an original painting, 'after an oil', or the artist may paint "maquettes" specifically for the printed graphics.

The artist may also create an image directly onto the plates, depending upon the chosen medium. Each of the various methods of printmaking yields a distinct appearance. Artists choose a specific technique in order to achieve a desired result.

The choice made by the artist to produce an image "in print" is the same as choosing to work in oil or any other medium. The only difference in print lies in the possibility of producing a number of near identical


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