Gift grows gift: Olsen donates painting inspired by Streeton

Neil Balnaves gifted a Streeton to Mosman Art Gallery in 2012 hoping to grow philanthropy. This gift by Olsen is a dream response.
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Today, the Mosman Art Gallery has unveiled a very special gift by the artist John Olsen. Titled The Rolling Sean and that Streeton Painting (2014), the work is inspired by, and in direct response to, Arthur Streeton’s painting Sydney Harbour (1895), which was gift to the gallery in 2012 as part of the Balnaves Gift.

The 87-year old Olsen had seen Streeton’s iconic landscape on an invitation to the Balnaves launch, inspiring him to paint the most recent gift to Mosman, ultimately connecting the two landscapists through their artistic vision and place inside the gallery.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina