Prolific, free-spirited Australian artist Margaret Olley has died at her home in Sydney’s Paddington, aged 88. Over a career which spanned more than six decades, the Lismore-born artist became one Australia’s most loved and lauded artists.
As well as being a prolific artist, Olley has also been one of the most-painted figures in Australian art. Her portrait by Ben Quilty won this year’s Archibald Prize. William Dobell’s portrait of her won the prize in 1948. She once described herself as “a one-woman band, too independent to be subservient to anyone”. RIP Margaret Olley.