Lake Eyre - the Desert Sea 2014

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This artwork is available as a limited edition of 300 fine art giclee prints, hand signed by John Olsen. Each work is blind embossed with a frog design drawn by Olsen and includes a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the Editor in Chief. Delivery can take up to 35 working days.

"I first went to Lake Eyre in 1974. It was only the second time it had flooded, since Cook landed in Australia. Swollen rivers poured in to fill the dry lake, transforming it into a vast inland sea.

"I became fascinated with the paradox of Lake Eyre: there it is, and there it isn't.

"Suddenly the silent dry salt pans transform into a vast lake filled with fish, flotillas of noisy birds and animal life teem in. Then it dries out and becomes a vast silent, salt-encrusted expanse again.

"Lake Eyre has a special spiritual quality that kept drawing me back to it, time and again. It's so full of wondrous contradictions and enigmas, which inspire more meditative contemplation." John Olsen

Large size:  

  • Paper: 80cm x 87.5cm
  • Image: 68cm x 75.5cm
  • Framed: 83cm x 90.5cm


The frame is a 2cm wide by 3.8cm deep L shape moulding, available in different satin finishes:

  • White painted timber (from renewable plantation timbers)
  • Light natural timber (from renewable plantation timbers)
  • Silver-leaf finish (from renewable plantation timbers)
  • Tasmanian Oak - mid-tone finish (which is Australian grown and milled)
  • Victorian Brushbox - Australian plantation grown 

All mounting materials, spacer and backboards, are Museum grade and archival, the frames include 3mm, 76% UV filtered perspex, and weigh 50% less than glass ensuring no breakages during shipping.


  • Printed with a 10 colour ink set of Japanese pigment ink onto 300gsm American watercolour paper; this paper and ink combination makes these prints archival for more than 130 years before any noticeable fading could occur, if cared for properly. 
  • The numbered certificate of authenticity is double sided, printed on 180gsm archival paper using pigment ink, displayed in a clear archival sleeve. 

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 -

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