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2022 Artist in Residence – Olga Garner-Morris

From the age of seven, Olga Garner-Morris was going to be an artist. She has always loved painting and even now at 78 years of age, is constantly delighted by the concept of new ideas and innovations. Olga is not a follower of trends in art, but prefers to set her own agenda and lead.

For Olga, art is not about putting paint on a canvas with a brush. It’s about creativity. Her preference is the great Australian landscape and has taken Australia with her in all my major exhibitions overseas. Showing the natural beauty of this country has brought her success but she also enjoys creating abstract works to allow colour and the form of paint to do its own thing.

An Australian painter, Olga has internationally represented with exhibitions in London, New York, Europe and Australia and in the collections of Queen Elizabeth II, the late Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. Olga’s paintings are also in the collections of Sir William Heseltine, Lord Glendevon, General Sir Phillip Bennett and Lady Bennett, Government House, Hobart and the Caloundra City Art Collection.

Since 1973, Olga has had over 31 solo exhibitions in locations around Australia and overseas. The Wollongong Town Hall holds one of Olga’s abstracts and the Canberra War Museum has her painting of the War Memorial vessel ‘Krait’. Olga studied at the National Art School for modern art, sculpture and photography, then went on to teach at the Adult Education Centre in New South Wales before leaving for Europe in 1976.

Olga’s painting, ‘Picnic No. 2’ won Outstanding Work of the Festival at the 2021 Immanuel Arts Festival.