Famous Australian Still-Life Specialist Margaret Olley ~ A Painter, Not An Artist ~ Dies Aged 88

artwork: Margaret Olley - "Clivias and Pears" - Oil on Board - 61 x 94 cm. - Private collection. © Margaret Olley

Sydney, AU (Channel 9).- Margaret Olley was busy at the canvas until her final days. Olley, one of Australia’s best known painters, had been completing work for a solo show due to open in September when she was found dead at her inner Sydney home in Paddington on Tuesday, aged 88. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Australia was mourning the loss of a great artist and a true Australian national treasure. “Margaret will be remembered for her spirited and candid character, her passionate and generous mentoring of young Australian artists and her many donations to the arts,” she said.