Nick Olsen

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My artwork is designed to encourage an emotional response within the viewer. I attempt to achieve this by combining a sense of familiarity and nostalgia (in relation to the subject matter) with a distinct approach to light and colour. I spend a good deal of time observing my surroundings (usually the inner urban areas of Brisbane and Sydney) and thinking about them in terms of paint. In doing so I hope to achieve the subtlety of colour and tone which is required to highlight a sense of place in a way that a variety of viewers can relate to.

In 2011 I was honoured to be awarded The Royal Overseas League Travelling Scholarship. This scholarship took me to London and Scotland where I completed a 6 week residency. This period of time proved pivotal in my career as a painter because it helped resolve my approach to the practical aspects of painting in the studio as well as out in the landscape. Having 6 weeks of non-stop studio time was enormously rewarding and gave me the confidence to move into the next stage of my career. The ROSL scholarship resulted in a major exhibition in London where I continue to exhibit with Rebecca Hossack Gallery.