Nick Olsen
Nick Olsen



Nick Olsen was born in Melbourne in 1968. He has lived and worked in London, New York and is now raising his family in the rural outer suburbs of western Brisbane. From 1986 – 89 Nick studied visual art at QUT (Kelvin Grove) under William Robinson where he majored in painting. Nick has exhibited widely in SE Queensland and Sydney including many shows at Brisbane’s iconic Doggett St Studios. He has received numerous awards and commissions including The Australian High Court Centenary Art Prize, 2003; 1st Brisbane Rotary Art Painting Prize, 2007; Finalist Tattersalls Art Prize- 2008 , 2009 & 2015. In 2011 Nick was awarded the Royal Overseas League travelling scholarship which resulted in a six week residency and exhibition in London and Scotland. His work is held in the QUT Art Gallery, Gold Coast Art Gallery, The Ipswich Regional Gallery, Redcliffe Regional Gallery and The Crows Nest Regional Gallery.



Nick Olsen is a practicing artist based in Brisbane, Australia. A major focus in his life is looking at art, creating artworks and using this medium to help reveal his insights into our world. He is interested in the urban environment and how our living spaces reflect our cultural sensibilities through different times in our history. Nick depicts these places with a focus on light, tone and colour to create an image which may be seen from an alternative perspective. In doing so he hopes to engage the viewer by encouraging an emotional response. It has been said that his paintings, at times, create a somewhat surreal, other worldly feeling which conjure memories of a place rather than a true representation of the place. Nicks engaging artworks highlight pattern, line and form with a combination of high key colour and complimentary tones. He is always experimenting and his recent work has developed a sculptural element using collage and stenciling to emphasis the sharpness of the Australian light and shadow.

I often marvel at the world which we humans have created and I try to imagine what people will think, 500 years into the future, about the society which created the marvelous cities in which we now live. I see these places as vast concrete sculptures with powerful architectonic features and I try look upon them as I do the awe inspiring ancient ruins of lost civilizations of Egypt or Mexico. As an artist I like to represent a moment of history and I draw my inspiration from the built environment as much as from the natural world. My work is always evolving and I see my practice as a life-long pursuit of constant improvement.’


Solo Exhibitions

2019 – Lines of Light – Art2Muse Gallery, Sydney
2019 – Beach people – The Gallery, Perigian Beach
2018- Streets of our town – Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane
2017- New Painting – Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane
2016- TownGirl- TrafficJam Gallery, Sydney
2015  – Streets Of Our Town – Brisbane Modern Art
2013 – New Painting – Blank-Space Gallery, Sydney
2012 – Scotland and London (ROSL Residency) – OXO Gallery, London
2010 – ‘Road Trip’ Doggett St Studio
2010 – The Water Paintings,Blank_Space Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney
2008 – Close to Home, Doggett St Studios
2007 – Caravans and houses, Doggett St Studios, Brisbane
2006 – Recent Painting, Doggett St Studios, Brisbane
2005 – Architectonic, Doggett Street Studios, Brisbane
2004 – From A to B , Doggett Street Studios, Brisbane
2003 – Town & Country, Doggett Street Studios, Brisbane
2002 – todayland, Doggett Street Studio, Brisbane
2001 – Still Life/Cityscape, Doggett Street Studios, Brisbane
2000 – Skyline 1999, Doggett Street Studios, Brisbane
1999 – Cityscapes, Space 42, West End, Brisbane
1998 – City Silouhettes, Doggett Street Studios
1997 – Views from the Freeway, Doggett Street Studios
1997 – Urban Landscapes, Australian Perspectives Gallery
1996 – Recent Painting, Australian Perspectives Gallery
1995 – Recent Painting and Drawing, Australian Perspectives Gallery
1994 – Urban Landscape, Doggett Street Studios

Group Exhibitions

2017- Scenes of our City- Brisbane Museum Gallery
2015- New Artists showcase – TrafficJam Gallery, Sydney
2013 – ART/LIFE, Selected work from the Shane Thompson Bequest
2012 – ROSL Scholars annual exhibition, OXOgallery, London
2011 – Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2011 – Brisbane Boys Grammar Art Show ( Feature Artist)
2010 – Doggett st Studios Christmas Exhibition, Brisbane
2010 – Brisbane Boys Grammar Art Show
2009 – Doggett St Studios Christmas Exhibition
2009 – Brisbane Boys Grammar Art Show
2009 – Tattersalls Art Prize Exhibition, Tattersalls Club, Brisbane
2008 – Tattersalls Art Prize Exhibition, Tattersalls Club, Brisbane
2008 – ‘Small Worlds’, Ipswich Regional Gallery
2008 – ‘Metropolis’, Kiln Gallery, Brisbane
2008 – ‘Urban’, flipbook Gallery, Brisbane
2007 – ‘Last Stand’, Flipbook Gallery, Brisbane
2006 – ‘Fifteen Artists’, Redcliffe regional Gallery
2005 – Christmas Exhibition, Doggett Street Studios, Brisbane
2004\05-‘Flying High’,Ipswich Regional Art Gallery
2004 – Crows nest Regional gallery sculpture award.
2004 – Churchie Exhibition of Emerging Art-Selected.
2004 – Rubbish: recycling as art,Global Arts Link,Ipswich
2003 – Australian High Court Centenary Art Prize Exhibition
2003 – Churchie Exhibition of Emerging Art-Selected
2002 – Christmas Exhibition, Doggett Street Studios
2002 – Churchie Exhibition of Emerging Art-Selected
2001 – Christmas Exhibition, Doggett Street Studios
2000 – Churchie Exhibition of Emerging Art-Selected
2000 – Christmas Exhibition, Doggett Street Studios
1999 – Churchie Exhibition of Emerging Art-Selected
1999 – Selected Artists, Smith & Stonely Galleries, Brisbane
1998 – Christmas Exhibition, Doggett Street Studios
1998 – Christmas Exhibition, Doggett Street Studios
1997 – Urban Urban, Space 42,West End ,Brisbane
1997 – Five Brisbane Artists, Australian Perspectives Gallery
1996 – The Big Deal, Doggett Street Studios

Scholarships / Awards

Royal Overseas League Travelling Scholarship 2011
Finalist – Marie Ellis drawing prize 2019
Finalist – Moreton Bay Art Prize 2019
Finalist- Gold Coast Art prize – 2017
Finalist – Paddington Art Prize – 2016
Finalist – Brisbane Rotary Club Art Prize 2015
Finalist – Gold Coast Art Prize 2013Selected
Pine Rivers Art Prize 2010
Finalist – Tattersalls Art Prize 2009
Finalist- Tattersalls Art Prize 2008
Brisbane Rotary Club Art Award-First Prize,Painting-2007
Finalist – Redcliffe Regional Gallery Aquisitive Award -2006
Pullenvale Art Show – First Prize,-2005
Australian High Court Centenary Art Prize – Finalist 2003
Gold Coast City Gallery Art Prize – Selected
Nudgee College Art Show -First Prize- 2001
Nudgee College Art Show – Highly Commended – 1999
Churchie Art Prize Old Boys Award, 1994
Nudgee College Art Prize, Highly Commended, 1999

Public Collections

Gold Coast Art Gallery
Global Arts Link-Ipswich Regional Gallery
CalArts Collection-Los Angeles School of Arts
Crows Nest Regional Gallery
Redcliffe Regional Gallery

Corporate Collections

Sunshine Coast University Hospital
Wesley Hospital Art Foundation, Brisbane
J. Crew Collection, New York, USA
Pacific Coal, Brisbane
Mater Hospital,Brisbane
BHP Brisbane
Theiss Corp
Macquarie Bank
Sunshine Coast University Hospital


Australian High Court Centenary Art Award,Canberra – 2003
Stuartholme School-Brisbane,2004
Queensland Art Gallery – “Made for this world-Contempory art and the places we live” Box City Workshop, 2006
Sunshine Coast University Hospital – 2016


Royal Overseas League Travelling Scholarship – 2011 (London, Scotland)
The Ipswich Regional Gallery – 2008
The Stuartholme School

Selected Publications

Sunday Mail – March 2017 ( Fiona Purdon)
Courier Mail – Oct 2015 ( Phil Brown)
Australian Art Monthly-July 2003
Courier Mail- Sept 1 2005
Courier Mail- July 15th 2006
Courier Mail- July 16th 2007


Sunshine Coast University Hospital catalogue
Mater Womens Hospital collection catalogue

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