Margaret Olley
A Generous Life

15 Jun 2019 – 13 Oct 2019
GOMA | Gallery 1.1 The Fairfax Gallery, GOMA Foyer | Free

'A Generous Life’ examines the legacy and influence of much-loved Australian artist, Margaret Olley (1923–2011) who spent a formative part of her career in Brisbane. A charismatic character, she exerted a lasting impact on many artists as a mentor and friend and was also a muse for artists including William Dobell and Jeffrey Smart. The exhibition will profile a life that was immersed in art – her own and those she supported.

Discover more about Margaret Olley with our extensive range of related events, listed below, including talks and tours, to pop-up performances, hands-on workshops and Up Late events. There’s also daily guided tours of the exhibition at 11.00am.







Margaret Olley, Australia 1923-2011 / Lemons and oranges 1964

Margaret Olley, Australia 1923-2011 / Lemons and oranges 1964 / Oil on composition board / 76.6 x 102cm / Purchased 1964 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © QAGOMA.

Margaret Olley, Australia 1923-2011 / Susan with flowers 1962

Margaret Olley, Australia 1923-2011 / Susan with flowers 1962 / Oil on canvas / 127.4 x 102.3cm / Gift of Finney Isles and Co. Ltd. 1964 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © QAGOMA.

Artists Margaret Olley and Ben Quilty, 2005

Artists Margaret Olley and Ben Quilty, 2005 / © The Sydney Morning Herald.

Margaret Olley Bedroom still life 1997

Margaret Olley, Australia 1923-2011 / Bedroom still life 1997 / Oil on board / 61 x 91cm / Purchased by Maitland Art Gallery Society, 1998 / Collection: Maitland Regional Art Gallery / © Margaret Olley Art Trust.


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