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Bongo Beach by Jonny Olsen
Bongo Beach

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2002. 40 x 60 inches. Owner, Luc Chabot of Ottawa. Apart from being an artist, Jonny is a professional percussionist. He created a band called Junkyard Symphony, a percussion group that uses junk to make music. Jonny loves anything to do with drums. His liscence plate says "GOT2DRUM". Last September he was a leader in Earthbeat, North America's largest drum jam. Over 1000 drummers gathered in Confederation Park to make some noise.

Disco Ball by Jonny Olsen
Disco Ball

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2002. 40 x 60 inches. Owner Jonny Olsen. Jonny grew up in the 70's, a time when life was colourful and Sunday afternoons were spent at the roller rink skating to disco music, and trying to pick up girls. "Groovy Baby. Shall we skate now or skate later?" Jonny's favorite bands in the seventies were Chilliwack and Supertramp. She's been gone so long it's raining again!

Eye Of The Storm by Jonny Olsen
Eye Of The Storm

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2001. 24 x 30 inches. Sold to Andrew Beaudin of Cornwall, Ontario. This painting was the first of the abtract expressionism series to use earthy colours instead of the usual vibrant colours that Jonny likes to use. This picture is a tribute to the ice storm that passed through Eastern Ontario in the late 90's, and while it was not one of nature's most devastating creations, the storm was very memorable.

Los Angel by Jonny Olsen
Los Angel

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2002. 24 x 30 inches. Owner, Laura Durno of Stittsville. Jonny used to keep this painting above his television along with a few others in the abstract expressionist series. In fact, his entire apartment is littered with his paintings. The good thing about being an artist is that you don't have to spend too much money on paintings.

Just Leave by Jonny Olsen
Just Leave

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2002. 24 x 30 inches. Owner, Patrick Michaud. The image is of trees in the fall. The frame on this picture has a 6 inch smaller backing so that the picture appears to float from the wall.

Dancing Bird (Super Chicken) by Jonny Olsen
Dancing Bird

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2002. 24 x 30 inches. Owner Laura Durno of Stittsville. Painted at the art studio on Daly st. in Sandyhill, downtown Otawa. Jonny rented a studio in the apartment of his long time friend Cindy Gramman during the summer and fall of 2002. This was his first professional studio set-up. He would often spend his days paintings and taking Cindy's dog Gus out for long walks along the Rideau River.

Highnoon by Jonny Olsen
High Noon

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2003. 24 x 30 inches. Owner Karen Taylor and Donald Wright of St. John's, Newfoundland. Wavy lines are a staple of Jonny's paintings, as is the use of bright colours.

Grandma's Blanket by Jonny Olsen
Grandma's Blanket

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2002. 30 x 40 inches. Owner Karen Taylor and Don Wright of St Johns Newfoundland. Jonny's Grandma made him lots of Afgans over the years with all sorts of great designs. This is his own painted version of one of Grandma's blankets.

Picasso Portrait by Jonny Olsen
Picasso-Portrait

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2001. 30 x 40 inches. Owner Isabelle Jette. Picasso, along with Vincent Van Gogh is one of Jonny's favorite artists. Another of Jonny's favorite artists is Norval Morisseau, a Native artist whose work has been recently featured at the National Art Gallery.

Caribou by Jonny Olsen
Caribou

Oil on Canvas. Painted in 1994. 30 x 40 inches. Owner Jonny Olsen. This scene is a Inuit hunting a caribou, but the scenery is rapidly changing into a city.

Sitting by Jonny Olsen
Sitting

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 1999. 24 x 24 inches. Owner, anonymous. You can definetly see the Picasso /cubism influence on this painting. Jonny's additon to cubism is not only vibrant colours, but movement , a style he calls 'movemetism'. Even as this lady sits, she has the feeling of rocking back and forth.

Stolen Painting by Jonny Olsen
Stolen Painting

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 1996. 24 x 30 inches. Owner, Jonny Olsen. This painting was stolen from the Downstairs Club where Jonny's Band Otis Strange used to play. By chance, Jonny came across the painting when visiting a friend. The painting was hanging in the roomate's room, so Jonny stole it back. The thief then confronted Jonny 'violently' arguing that Jonny had tresspassed on his property. Apparently stealing is OK, but tresspassing is not.

The Amazing Guitaro by Jonny Olsen
The Amazing Guitaro

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2001. 30 x 40 inches. Owner, sLuc Chabot of Ottawa. This painting hung at an exhibit in Cafe Deckuf on Rideau Street. While somebody offered to buy it, Jonny decided not to sell it as he liked it too much.

Bad Hair Day by Jonny Olsen
Bad hair Day

Pencil Crayon on Paper. Drawn in 1996. 8 x 10 inches. Owner, Jonny Olsen. This image was used as an Otis Strange poster. Back in the day, the band played at the Downstairs Club every Thursday where Jonny painted his first mural, the birth of the bendy buildings series.

Otis Strange At The Downstairs Club by Jonny Olsen
Downstairs Club

Pencil Crayon on Paper. Drawn in 1997. 8 x 11 inches. Owner Jonny Olsen. Otis Strange played at the Downstairs Club every Thursday for nearly two years. After they left, the Downstairs Club closed down.

Puff-a-Guin by Jonny Olsen
Puff-a-Guin

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2003. 24 x 30 inches. Owner, Helen Cameron of Ottawa, Ontario. Originally Helen had asked Jonny to paint her a picture of a penguin. Jonny, however already had a sketch of a puffin which seemed very similar to a penguin so he painted that instead. Helen didn't know the difference until Jonny told her that is was a puffin. She was quite angry but liked the painting and decided to keep it anyway.

Guin-a-Puff by Jonny Olsen
Guin-a-Puff

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2002. 24 x 30 inches. Owner, anonymous. This is another version of the cross between a penguin and a puffin which Jonny liked so much. The word 'penguin' has a muddy origin; it originally seemed to mean 'fat one' in spanish/portuguese, and may come from either the Welsh 'pen gwyn' (white head), from the Latin 'pinguis' (fat); or from a corruption of 'pin-wing' (pinioned wings).

Breakaway  by Jonny Olsen
Breakaway

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2002. 24 x 30 inches. Given as a gift to Dave Olsen, Toronto Ontario. Like all Canadian children Jonny played minor hockey. Left defense was his position. He wasn't a big scorer but with his long painting arms, nobody could get past him. Did you hear about the forward who had a breakaway on the Rideau Canal? He was never seen again. Ha ha ha. Go Defense!

Football Player #50 by Jonny Olsen
Football Player #50

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2003. 24 x 30 inches. For sale $150. On Dispaly at the Elbow Room, 356 Elgin st., Ottawa. This is the second painting in the sports series. While the player remains anonymous, the pose was taken from Jerry Rice.

White & Blue by Jonny Olsen
White and Blue

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2001. 36 x 48 inches. Owner, Jonny Olsen. Usually Jonny engulfs his paintings with mutiple colours. This painting has only white and blue because it was unfinished. Jonny meant to finish the painting but it seems that many people like it just the way it is. Sometimes simple is better, just ask Benjamin Chee Chee.

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