Margaret Olley
A Generous Life

15 Jun 2019 – 20 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.

A richly illustrated accompanying book will pay tribute to Margaret Olley’s art, friendships and philanthropy, and demonstrate her ongoing legacy.

This exhibition is proudly supported by Principal Benefactor, Marget Olley Art Trust.


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.

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.

Margaret Olley in her studio in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia at 9:22am on December 13th, 2005

R. Ian Lloyd, Canada/Australia b.1953 / Margaret Olley in her studio in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia at 9:22am on December 13th, 2005 2005, printed 2009 / Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth archival paper / 51 x 61.2cm / Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © R. Ian Lloyd.


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