Every artist needs a studio. The photographs in this book show John Olsen working in two studios in New South Wales – ‘Owlswood’ and ‘Hidden Lake’. We see him surrounded by books on artists he admires, the works of inspirational poets and, of course, his favourite Mediterranean cookbooks. Multiple tables are laden, somewhat chaotically, with paints, pencils, crayons and brushes, while he is seen painting at his easel or at a table laid out with precious Torinoko paper.
Author and photographer Ken McGregor reminds us of the significant drawings and prints the artist has created in these two studios.
‘The studio is where the art of contemplation is incorporated into the process of painting’ – John Olsen