Artist Margaret Olley.
Artist Margaret Olley.

Olley's new art to go on display

ALMOST 30 new works by Margaret Olley will feature in a new exhibition.

The 27 pieces went on display at Sotheby's Australia in Sydney's Woollahra yesterday and runs until March 17.

Olley, who died last July aged 88, left $1 million to Tweed Shire Council to build a centre in her honour.

She had planned the Sydney exhibition for 2008 but it was postponed when she became ill.

Philip Bacon, who has been Olley's art dealer for almost 40 years, says her vivacity and the way she lived her life is evident in her brushwork.

"And that energy comes to you and you take it in and it makes you feel alive, and I think it's a very generous gift of hers; she gives that to you through her paintings," he said.

Proceeds from the sale of Olley's new paintings will go into an art trust.

That trust will fund a $1 million extension to the Tweed River Art Gallery in the late artist's name, the funding was matched by the Federal Government.



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