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Bongo Beach by Jonny Olsen
Bongo Beach by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Luc Chabot of Ottawa. Apart from being an artist and a photographer, Jonny is also 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". Jonny was also a leader in 'Earthbeat' in 2004, North America's largest drum jam. Over 1000 drummers gathered in Confederation Park to make some noise.

Disco Ball by Jonny Olsen
Disco Ball by Jonny Olsen
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. Jonny's favorite bands in the seventies were Chilliwack and Supertramp.

Eye Of The Storm by Jonny Olsen
Eye Of The Storm by Jonny Olsen
Owner: 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 by Jonny Olsen
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 on Prince of Wales was littered with his paintings. The good thing about being an artist is that you don't have to spend too much money on decoration.

Just Leave by Jonny Olsen
Just Leave by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Patrick Michaud of Quebec City. 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 (Super Chicken) by Jonny Olsen
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
Highnoon by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Owner Karen Taylor and Donald Wright ofSt. 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 by Jonny Olsen
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 by Jonny Olsen
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 featured at the National Art Gallery.

Caribou by Jonny Olsen
Caribou by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Owner Jonny Olsen. This scene is a Inuit hunting a caribou, but the scenery is rapidly changing into a city. Jonny painting this in art class at the University of Waterloo where he graduated with a degree in Envinonmental Studies.

Sitting by Jonny Olsen
Sitting by Jonny Olsen
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 by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Anonymous. 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 got it back.

The Amazing Guitaro by Jonny Olsen
The Amazing Guitaro by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Luc 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. Eventully he sold it to Luc.

Bad Hair Day by Jonny Olsen
Bad Hair Day by Jonny Olsen
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
Otis Strange At The Downstairs Club by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Jonny Olsen. Otis Strange played at the Downstairs Club every Thursday for nearly two years. After they left, the Downstairs Club closed

Puff-a-Guin by Jonny Olsen
Puff-a-Guin by Jonny Olsen
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 still liked the painting though, and decided to keep it anyway.

Guin-a-Puff by Jonny Olsen
Guin-a-Puff by Jonny Olsen
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  by Jonny Olsen
Owner: 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 by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Anonymous. While the player remains anonymous, the pose was taken from Jerry Rice.

White & Blue by Jonny Olsen
White & Blue by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Anonymous. 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.

Green Pod by Jonny Olsen
Green Pod by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Anonymous. Jonny had the idea for this painting while sitting in his Grandmother's garden in Vancouver.

Earth Water Fire by Jonny Olsen
Earth Water Fire by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Anonymous. The wondrous curves of Benjamin Chee Chee's paintings and the bright colours of Norval Morriseau's artwork inspired Jonny in this painting.

Passion by Jonny Olsen
Passion by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Karen Taylor. Jonny is very passionate for vivid colours in his paintings. He also has a passion for swirls, squiggly lines and shrinking cirlces.

Whirly Bird by Jonny
Whirly Bird by Jonny
Owner: Jonny Olsen
Title by: Nancy Peters and Ben Piggot
Posted an Named on Facebook: Dec 5, 2020
This painting was done during the beginning of the lockdown in the 2020 pandemic. Jonny spent much time in his art studio, and in his office working on updating his webite.

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