Five Bells

Five Bells

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Limited edition fine art reproduction print, hand signed by the Artist, John Olsen, printed and published by Digital Art Directory.

  • Strictly limited edition of 250 (available in Large and Extra Large sizes).

  • Signed, editioned and titled by John Olsen

  • LARGE Paper size: 91 x 94 cm Image size: 82 x 85 cm, $2,150 inc GST

  • EX LARGE Paper size: 112 x 116 cm Image size: 102 x 106 cm, $3,150 inc GST

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

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John Olsen is represented in Sydney by OLSEN (previously Olsen Irwin and Tim Olsen Gallery).

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The original work is part of the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection... view here

In 1963 John Olsen undertook a private commission to paint "Five Bells, 1963". It was based on the theme of a poem by the Australian poet, Kenneth Slessor called Five Bells. The poem that would later become the subject of his best known public commission, the Sydney Opera House mural "Salute to Five Bells". John's selection to paint the mural was made by the William Dobell Art Foundation in 1972 and his mural was in place for the official opening of the Opera House in October 1973. Both these paintings represent a shared, passionate connection with Sydney Harbour.

Artist comment on the work:

"Five Bells" was my first commission to paint in situ to cover a wall … I didn’t hesitate. I brushed a line around the core theme, the seed-burst, the life-burst, the sea-harbour, the source of life. Inside and around this core, I painted images drawn from metaphors and similes in [Kenneth] Slessor’s poem of our harbour city, and from my own emotional and physical involvement with the harbour, and with my young family in Watsons Bay … I wanted to show the Harbour as a movement, a sea suck, and the sound of the water as though I am part of the sea ... The painting says directly what I wanted to say: ‘I am in the sea-harbour, and the sea-harbour is in me’.
- John Olsen, 1999.

About John Olsen

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 ... read more