Waterbirds, 1983

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Each unframed, limited edition fine art reproduction is hand signed by John Olsen. Printed and published by Digital Art Directory.

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.

Strictly limited to a total edition size of 99 and is offered to The Store customers at an exclusive price.

Artist Comment on The Bird Series:

"I did the initial sketches for these works in Townsville when I was doing some graphics for an ABC television program "Wild Australia", a wildlife series", said John Olsen.
John Olsen painted the original watercolour and pastel artworks 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 it's big feet allow the little bird to run across the water lillies, as if it is walking on water.

These four works make up a beautiful suite of John Olsen works encapsulating that tropical journey.



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



Paper Size: 80.6 x 107.0 cm

Image Size: 72.6 x 99.0 cm


If a customer would like to purchase a set of all 4 works we can offer a special price of $8,000 for the set.

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Delivery: Can take up to 20 working days.

Each work is wrapped using heavy weight melinex (mylar) and 5mm acid free board, additionally sandwiched between 2 pieces of 5mm corflute for protection when being transported, then the entire package is wrapped in bubblewrap.

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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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