Lighting of the Sails 2023: Life Enlivened by John Olsen and Curiious
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The Sydney Opera House farewells one of Australia’s most admired artists, Dr John Olsen AO OBE. We proudly pay tribute to Olsen’s extraordinary six-decade career in Lighting of the Sails: Life Enlivened when his works will be animated and projected on the Opera House sails for Vivid Sydney from 26 May – 17 June 2023.
Olsen’s vibrant paintings of life and energy within the natural world distil the essence of his esteemed career, spanning over sixty years. The animated artwork Lighting of the Sails: Life Enlivened spotlights Olsen’s enduring interest and fascination with Australian nature and landscape. Through images selected by curator Dr. Deborah Hart and animated by creative technologists Curiious, Life Enlivened (2023) celebrates the propulsive power of Olsen’s painterly brush to envision the natural world anew.
Our thoughts are with Tim, Louise and their families.
“In your life you’ve got to have luck. To have this opportunity, I appreciate it very much. I can’t wait for overseas people and all Australians to see Vivid. God, I’m a lucky dog.”
- John Olsen
Vale John Olsen AO OBE
1928 – 2023
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Christian J Heinrich
Christian J Heinrich
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