John Olsen Exhibition

This well known artist had never been near the top of my most admired Australian artists, but after viewing his exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, his work left a deep impression on me.


Can you imagine commissioning an artist to paint a ceiling in your house? I couldn’t, but that was exactly what Frank McDonald asked for his Sydney home.

A vibrant piece done after Olsen moved to Clarendon, South Australia

Some sections of the ceiling were hung on the walls while others were suspended from the roof. I lazed back on one of the chairs especially arranged so no one developed neck ache while peering above. The vibrant colours and swirling designs had me admiring this section for some time.