This is Ben Quilty's Archibald Prize winning portrait of the Australian artist Margaret Olley. I'm including it in my blog not only because I think it's a wonderful, wonderful painting but also because at eighty eight years of age Margaret Olley is a living treasure...she is well loved, unique and certainly has history. Just like all of the other treasures I like to blog about on Lucy Violet Vintage.
Here is a photo of Margaret Olley
image via northernstar.com.au
Don't you think Ben Quilty is deserving of the Archibald?
Ms Olley is considered a living legend by Australians in the know (you know, those clever arty people!) and is known best for her wonderful still life interiors like these...
still life with oranges
Lots of lovely orange! Mallee Rose is probably my favourite of these, which one do you like best?
I would love to have even the tiniest bit of Margaret Olley's talent and ability (and Ben Quilty's for that matter)...even my stick figures are wonky!
Just one more pic to show you, Ben Quilty's painting of a Torana (they stopped making these in the 70's so I guess they could almost be considered vintage...)
It's a great painting, look
Elwood Torana no.7 2003
And here's a tea towel version of a still life...