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Lithographic stone for 'Brett Whiteley' print



John Olsen

Australia, England, Spain, Portugal

21 Jan 1928 –

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Fred Genis

Netherlands, United States of America, Australia

05 Jan 1934 – 22 Aug 2022

  • Details

    Media category
    Printing blocks & plates
    Materials used
    lithographic stone
    70.5 x 53.0 x 4.5 cm
    Gift of Julie Chambers
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © John Olsen/Copyright Agency © Fred Genis

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    John Olsen

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  • About

    Printmaking is a vital and ongoing aspect of John Olsen’s practice. After arriving in Paris as a young artist in 1957, he signed up for classes at the studio of S.W. Hayter, one of the most experimental printmakers of his time. Hayter ‘taught and practised printmaking as a creative, visual, tactile act that exploited free-form imagery and experimentation with materials.’ [Ken McGregor & Jeffrey Makin, ‘Teeming with life: John Olsen, his complete graphics 1957-2005’, Macmillan, 2005, pg. 10]. Hayter’s innovative methods would infuence Olsen’s loose and direct approach to printmaking over a long career.

    Olsen returned to the printing press in the 1970s, by which time, according to him, he was ‘in full flight with printmaking’ [McGregor and Makin, op. cit., p.13]. He worked extensively in Melbourne’s Crossley Print Workshop with printmakers Tate Adams and George Baldessin. In 1975 he began publishing print portfolios with the newly established Port Jackson Press, working from its North Sydney workshop with master printer Max Miller.

    Master lithographer Fred Genis was internationally renowned for establishing his Hollander Workshop in New York, where he had worked with artists such as Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler and Jasper Johns. By 1979 Genis had set up a studio near Olsen in Dural, northwest of Sydney. Together he and Olsen collaborated on the celebrated ‘Down Under’ portfolio with the Port Jackson Press, along with this portrait of Brett Whiteley, which was published by the Print Council of Australia in an edition of 100.

    In 2012 Fred Genis gifted the lithographic stone to The Art Vault studio in Mildura, Victoria, where a second edition in two colours was produced by master printer Peter Lancaster.

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