My Salute to Five Bells

My Salute to Five Bells 2

by John Olsen

Hardback Publication Date: 01/08/2015

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My Salute to Five Bells by John Olsen charts the journey of one of Australia’s greatest living artists at work on the biggest commission of his career. Member of the Order of Australia and Archibald-prize-winner John Olsen was an established artist in 1971 when commissioned to produce a mural for the Sydney Opera House. The process was at times intellectually and creatively stimulating and at others emotionally draining as Olsen battled ignorance—the mural was scratched with nails by unimpressed workmen onsite—time constraints and even silent judgement by royalty as he guided the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh past the mural under the gaze of the world’s media. The result is a stunning aerial view of Sydney’s harbour, populated with crabs and fish and squid, whose colours change as the sun moves across the sky.

This book features a full reproduction of Olsen’s illustrated journal, one of the most spectacular art manuscripts in the National Library of Australia’s collection. This richly illustrated scrapbook of thoughts, quotes, diary entries, original drawings, and magazine and book clippings documents Olsen’s Sydney Opera House experience from his initial speechlessness at being asked to do the mural to his attempts to instil ‘wacky madness, more humour’ into it and his very palpable relief towards the end. Olsen’s great intellect and creativity shine through in his lists of ‘Things I like’, haikus, and playful and poetic expression. His margin notes and reminders, such as ‘You’ve got to interrupt the gestalt’ and ‘Remember Olsen vitality transcends pleasure’, offer great insight into the artistic process of one of our living treasures.

ISBN:
9780642278821
Category:
Autobiography: arts & entertainment
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-08-2015
Publisher:
National Library of Australia
Dimensions (mm):
300x230mm
Weight:
0.69kg
John Olsen

John Olsen is one of Australia’s greatest living artists.

Born in Newcastle NSW in 1928, Olsen is well known for his energetic and distinctive painting style and in particular for his lyrical depiction of the landscape.

He is a major figure in the story of Australian art and his unique and sensual pictorial language presents a very personal view of the world.

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  • Gorgeous art book

    by on

    As an art lover I really appreciated the lush reproductions of John Olsen's mural in this book. His journal is also really interesting and gives a lot of insights into his artistic process. Highly recommend!

  • Rare insights into one of our greatest artists

    by on

    A beautiful and lavish coffee table book which is an autobiography of John's time working on his biggest commissioned piece of his career - the mural for the Sydney Opera House. It reads as an illustrated journal - a scrapbook of thoughts, ideas and clippings of the time. This offers rare and beautiful insights to one of our greatest living artists.