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Margaret Hannah Olley AC (24 June 1923 – 26 July 2011); Australian painter. She was the subject of more than 90 solo exhibitions.
Born in Lismore, New South Wales, the eldest of 3 children of Joseph Olley and Grace (nee Temperley). She attended Somerville House in Brisbane during her high school years and was so focused on art that she dropped one French class in order to take another art lesson. In 1941, Margaret commenced classes at Brisbane Central Technical College and then moved to Sydney in 1943 to enroll in an Art Diploma course at East Sydney Technical College where she graduated with A-class honours in 1945.
Her work concentrated on still life. In 1997 a major retrospective of her work was organized by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She received the inaugural Mosman Art Prize in 1947.
On 13 July 2006 she donated numerous works to the Art Gallery of New South Wales; her donations included more than 130 works worth $7 million.
On 10 June 1991, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia “for service as an artist and to the promotion of art”. On 12 June 2006, she was awarded Australia’s highest civilian honor, the Companion of the Order, “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 2006, she was awarded the degree Doctor of Fine Arts honoris causa by the University of Newcastle.
Of the last paintings that Olley did before her death, 27 were exhibited at Sotheby’s Australia in Woollahra in an exhibition entitled The Inner Sanctum of Margaret Olley that opened on 2 March 2012. Olley had put the final touches on the paintings the day before she died, and Philip Bacon, who had exhibited her work for decades, had prepared a ...
Margaret Olley died at her home in Paddington in July 2011, aged 88. She never married and had no children. (http://tmlarts.com/tag/tmlipp/page/18/) undefined