Margaret Olley Tribute Exhibition – Call for Artists

An exhibition, inspired by the life and works of Margaret Olley, renowned Australian painter, is to be held this summer at 135 Gallery in Drysdale.

Pip Williams, owner of 135 Gallery, was inspired to hold the exhibition to honour Olley’s contribution to Australian art. “I love her style in that she portrayed things as they popped up in everyday life with vigour and colour. I love her colour in her world.”

Pip says she has already received a fantastic response from artists to participate in the exhibition but she is still looking for 3D works and sculpture for display outside.

“Anyone who would like to create a sculpture please have a think about it, have a go and get back to me asap,” Pip says. “This could be a group project or anything you like.”

For more details about the exhibition, please contact Pip Williams on 03 5253 3461 or email

Margaret Olley, Still Life, 1986.  Image from

Margaret Olley died on 26 July 2011 and was as well known for her still life paintings as she was for her colourful personality. A prolific artist, Olley was also one of the most-painted figures in Australian art and portraits of her have won two Archibald Prizes, Ben Quilty’s in 2011 and William Dobell’s in 1948.

Olley’s committment to young artists was legendary and she was a generous benefactor of the arts, donating over 130 works of art, valued at over $7 million, to the Art Gallery of NSW. Olley was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1991, and awarded the Companion of the Order in 2006, ‘for service as one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, for support and philanthropy to the visual and performing arts, and for encouragement of young and emerging artists’.

In this Youtube clip, Anne Marie Nicholson from the ABC, looks back on Margaret Olley’s  long and successful career.


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