Jacanas the Christ Bird 1983

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The artwork is available as a limited edition size of 99 and hand signed by John Olsen. Each work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, is blind embossed by the publisher and also has two additional "frog" blind embossments drawn and approved by John Olsen. Delivery can take up to 20 working days.

Olsen painted the original watercolour and pastel artworks of his Bird Series in Sydney in 1983, upon his return from Queensland. The "Jacanas" bird, which features in this series of works is know as "The Christ Bird" because its big feet allow the little bird to run across the water lillies, as if it is walking on water.


  • Printed using Japanese pigment ink onto 256gsm English watercolour paper, this paper and ink combination makes them archival for up to 135 years.


  • Paper: 80.4cm x 107cm
  • Image: 72.4cm x 99cm

Printing partner

These premium fine art reproductions are printed and despatched by Digital Art Directory, who have over 20 years experience in limited edition giclee and photographic printing, working directly with Australia’s greatest artists and cultural heritage institutions. Each print includes a blind embossment from Digital Art Directory. 

Born in Newcastle in 1928, Dr John Olsen received an Order of Australia in 2001. In 1977 he was awarded the O.B.E. for services to the Arts and in 1993 he was awarded an Australian Creative Fellowship. He was also awarded the Wynne Prize in 1969 and 1985 and the Archibald Prize in 2005 among many other awards throughout his career. Olsen's work is represented in all Australian state gallery collections, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and regional galleries Australia wide. He is also represented in institutional, corporate and private collections in Australasia, United Kingdom, Europe and the United States of America. John Olsen is represented by the Olsen Gallery, Sydney - www.olsengallery.com

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New Zealand Up to five weeks


Asia (excluding Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka)



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Europe & ROW

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