John Olsen: Drawing – The Human Touch | Publication

“Drawing is important in every stage of an artist’s career. Drawing is the plank on which you build the architecture of your work. Drawing is a transferable energy, a life force, and it entails many ways of observing.” – John Olsen interviewed by Ken McGrogor

Author Ken McGregor has sought to identify as many of Legendary Australian artist John Olsen’s drawings as possible in his latest book ‘John Olsen: Drawing – The Human Touch.’

Printed in colour, this catalog explores the length of a career spanning over 60 years. Not only does it emphasise the importance of drawing to Olsen’s practice, it highlights the medium’s significance in defining his practice altogether.

You can purchase this publication through the Olsen Irwin website by clicking here


‘John Olsen: Drawing – The Human Touch’ available from Olsen Irwin. Please click the image to purchase.


John Olsen, ‘Tree Frogs’, 2010, limited edition fine art reproduction, 65 x 73cm
This work is available for purchase from Australian Fine Art Editions. You can visit their website by clicking on the picture.






Jo Bertini | Tracks

Olsen Irwin artist Jo Bertini had the good fortune to work on set of the critically acclaimed film Tracks. Based on the novel of the same name, Tracks tells the incredible true story of Robyn Davidson‘s 2,700km trek from Alice Springs through the Australian desert and to the Indian Ocean, with her dog and four camels in 1977. Staring the Australian starlet Mia Wasikowska and Hollywood heartthrob Adam Driver, the film was included in various international film festivals, including the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2013 Venice International Film Festival.

Bertini was given the opportunity to document the making of the movie, including the actors, animals, scenery and locations, through her beautiful sketches, drawings and paintings. Bertini also assisted the Head Cameleer, Andrew Harper, and worked on art department pre-production, location logistics and camel handling and wrangling. Filming mostly took place on Beltana Station in the South Australian Flinders Ranges, as well as various locations in the Northern Territory and South Australia.

The experience allowed Bertini to collect “… visual material for a book, my paintings and my longstanding artistic connection to the people and places of the central deserts of Australia.” – Jo Bertini

Bertini’s available works can be viewed here on the Olsen Irwin websiteTracks is currently showing in cinemas.
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Peter Booth | Art Collector

Peter Booth‘s drawings have been included in Art Collector’s annual special of artworks available for $5,000 and less. The works are great entry level pieces for anybody wanting to start a collection, or for anyone wanting to add an established artist to their stable. Their strength is drawn from the haunting imagery of the anonymous figures and apocalyptic landscape.

“There is a quality of isolation – not loneliness – in his drawings and a dignity about the figures. Irwin suggests ‘they represent Everyman in the same way Henry Moore’s monolithic women represented Everywoman.'” – Amanda Woodard

Peter Booth’s available drawings as well as oil paintings can be viewed on the Olsen Irwin website.


Peter Booth, Drawing 2004, Charcoal and pastel on paper, 21 x 18.5cm, $4,400


Art Collector, Issue 65, July – September 2013