John Olsen, one of Australia’s greatest living artists, made a life-changing discovery as a young man: Mediterranean cuisine, ‘the cuisine of the sun’. Fresh, seasonal produce and its preparation has been central to his life and a key ingredient in his creativity and his art, from his famous paella paintings to lively sketches in his diaries.
A recipe for art embarks on the journey of Olsen’s passion for cooking from his time in Spain on the island of Majorca, to Australia, France, Portugal and Italy, amongst other places, mapping Olsen’s life through recipes, quotes, paintings and photographs captured along the way. It also draws extensively on Olsen’s journals. He has lived in a remote Spanish cottage without electricity, in the Portuguese village of Castelo de Vide with his young family, on a rural property in Hill End, NSW, at an artists’ commune in country Victoria, as well by the harbour in Sydney’s Watsons Bay, all the while drawing on his local environment in his art practice and cooking..
-29 x 25 cm
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