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

Also showing at GOMA from 29 June is ‘Quilty’. Australian artist Ben Quilty met Olley when she was a guest judge for the 2002 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, which he won. Olley then became a friend and supporter of his work, and in 2011 the legendary painter sat for a portrait which won the Archibald Prize in 2011. You can see this portrait in the Olley exhibition (and below).
A richly illustrated accompanying book will pay tribute to Olley’s art, friendships and philanthropy, and demonstrate her ongoing legacy.


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 / Allamandas I c.1955-58

Margaret Olley, Australia 1923-2011 / Allamandas I c.1955-58 / Oil on canvas / 75 x 92.3 cm / Purchased 1961 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © QAGOMA.

Ben Quilty, Margaret Olley 2011

Ben Quilty, Australia, b.1973 / Margaret Olley 2011 / Oil on linen / 170 x 150cm / Collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales / © Ben Quilty.

Margaret Olley, Interior IV 1970

Margaret Olley, Australia 1923-2011 / Interior IV 1970 / Oil on composition board / 121.5 x 91.5cm / Gift of the Margaret Olley Art Trust through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2002 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Margaret Olley Art Trust.


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