John Olsen gifts new work to Mosman Regional Gallery

Yesterday members of Sydney’s art community gathered at the Mosman  gallery to witness the unveiling of a work gifted to the gallery by John Olsen. The work entitled The Rolling Sea and that Streeton Painting is Olsen’s response to Arthur Streeton’s Sydney Harbour, 1895 donated as part of the Balnaves gift.

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Inspired by seeing a reproduction of Streeton’s Sydney Harbour John wished to “paint a conversation with it”.

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“The painting is an evocation of memory. As students at the Julian Ashton Art School we would delight to take the Manly Ferry when the sea was rough. Round about Balmoral the ferry would roll and the turbulent sea would wash over the deck. How exciting, what fun. The Streeton painting evokes that – notice how the ferry is riding the turbulent sea. When I saw it at the Mosman Gallery, how supremely it is and confirms our experience today.

‘The Rolling Sea…’ confirms and emphasises that experience, it is an all at once world. I can think of no better place for it than to be near Streeton’s painting of 1895 and how that same circumstance can be viewed today.”


“This addition to Mosman Art Gallery’s collection by John Olsen, a living master who has been inspired by Arthur Streeton, a great Australian Impressionist, is an important cultural gift for all generations to appreciate for years to come,” Mosman Mayor Cr Peter Abelson said.


The MOSMAN ART GALLERY is located at cnr Art Gallery Way & Myahgah Road, Mosman, NSW and is open daily 10am – 5pm

02 9978 4178





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