Margaret Olley was born in Lismore in 1923 before moving to Brisbane where her love for painting was nurtured by school teacher and Melbourne National Gallery School trained artist Caroline Barker. In 1942 Olley moved to Sydney and enrolled at the East Sydney Technical College (later the National Art School) where she graduated with first-class honours. Olley then spent her time travelling abroad and living between Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney.

View Catherine Hunter’s intimate documentary Margaret Olley: A life in paint 2012 (54 mins) weekly in Cinema B, GOMA

Image: Margaret Olley, Australia 1923-2011 / Pomegranates in a basket 1967 / Oil on board / 76 x 101cm / Private collection / © Margaret Olley Art Trust