Jonn Olsen, artist        

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Jonny Olsen

         Jonny Olsen is a Canadian artist who strives to embody colour and movement in all his paintings. He calls this style 'decorative movemetism'. Within this style Jonny uses many themes such as cityscapes, abstract, realism, nudes and sculpture. Jonny's art first became known when he had an ongoing exhibit at a little bar in downtown Ottawa called the Elbow Room. The Elbow Room is gone now, but Jonny's desire to paint keeps chugging on.
        While Jonny has his degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, he spent every elective in the Fine Arts building learning how to perfect his painting talent. Jonny lives in Ottawa with his wife Alma, his daughter Gina, and his mother Sally. He mostly paints for friends and family and for himself, but anyone who is interested can commision a work.
        Jonny's favourite theme is cityscapes, but he paints landscapes,abstract, nudes, realism, and dables in sculpture as well. So have a look through the site and enjoy!


Name: Jonny Olsen
Born: Oct. 29, 1972, Ottawa Ont.
Home Town: Ottawa
Favorite Medium: Acryllic on Canvas
Education: Bell High School, Bachelor of Environmental Studies with a minor in Fine Arts, University of Waterloo
Art Influences: Picasso, Norval Morisseau, Monet, Da Vinci, Escher
Turn Ons: Long hair, silly sense of humour, spunky, beautiful smile, sweet voice
Turn Offs: People who are afraid of bugs, people who play mind games and just plain can't make up their minds
Aspirations: To become a well known Canadian artist
Hobbies: Drumming, Dancing, Swimming, Sledding, Camping, Canoeing, Building Ice and Snow Casltes
Heroes: Norval Morisseau, Farley Mowat, Mordecai Richler, Neil Peart, Stompin' Tom
Favorite Food: Steak and Potatoes
Favorite Place: Perros Guirec, France
Least Favorite Cartoon Character: Care Bears
Happy Place: Bath Tub
Astroligiacal sign: Scorpio
Roadsign: Slow Children at Play
Tatoos or piercing: Maple Leaf on top left arm
Cool facts: Speaks English, French and Spanish
Other occupations: Jonny is also a musician. You can check out his band Junkyard Symphony at

Photo by Alan Dean,         Photo by Alan Dean,

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Contact Info

         Jonny Olsen lives in Ottawa, Canada. His primary job is variety performer for an eco/entertainment company called Junkyard Symphony, but he is also available for comissioned paintings.
You can call him at
or send corredspondece to:
78 Tamblyn Cres
Ottawa, Ontario, K2L-3A4

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