Sasha Grishin pays tribute to his friend Australian artist John Olsen

By Sasha Grishin
Updated April 14 2023 - 11:29am, first published April 13 2023 - 10:30am

John Olsen dominated the Sydney art scene for several decades. He was a brilliant, virtuoso painter; a witty, articulate and omnipresent commentator on art and, for the general public, he was the archetypal image of what an artist should look like. Almost inseparable from his beret, a bon vivant who was well known for his cooking and knowledge of wines, and a slightly irreverent character ready to denounce hypocrisy and those who stood in the path of creativity.

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