All week, when I’ve had the space, I wondered about life and art.
No. This isn’t my place. This was a room in the home of Margaret Olley, Australia’s most celebrated painter of still life and interiors.
Her ‘Yellow Room’ featured in several of her paintings. In 2014, three years after her death, her home studio was recreated in the Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah, New South Wales. The kitchen, living room and sitting room were also her ‘studio.’ Complete with windows and doors, they are all now part of a permanent art installation at the Tweed Regional Art Gallery.
Many of the objects that she collected for her art works, more than 20,000 of them, became part of her household furnishings, and are to be seen in her paintings. Her works fetch thousands of dollars.
In herself, this artist was know to be kind, fearless and big-hearted.
In Olley’s home, everything had its place, and every place had its thing … life imitates art … even when it doesn’t appear to … and in mine … I can’t find where I put my watch!
Tweed Regional Gallery http://artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/MargaretOlleyArtCentre