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CITYSCAPE ART by Jonny Olsen

Sandeman by Jonny Olsen
Sandeman by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Brian O'Conner. This a Greek village that Brian and his family visited on their vacation. As well as buildings, Jonny enjoys painting boats and water.

Grassy Stream by Jonny Olsen
Grassy Stream by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Stephan Veuilleux. Steph has quite a large livingroom and needed something big to fill the space. Jonny doesn't often paint such large paintings as they are difficult and long to complete, but every now and again they he does one for the challenge. This painting was done at his new Studio in Kanata.

City Earth by Jonny Olsen
City Earth by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Heather Boyer of Windsor, Ontario. This paiting depicts how our planet has been overcome by the built environment in the past one hundred years. Influenced by Van Gogh's Starry Night, this picture was originally not one of Jonny's favorites, but later became very important to him.

City Shapes by Jonny Olsen
City Shapes by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Hummingbird Music of Nepean, Ontario. This painting was the first of the bendy building series to hold the foreground instead of having a perspective depth. Some of the shapes shown are sidewalks and a door.

Orange Sunset by Jonny Olsen
Orange Sunset by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Chris Read. The picture for the painting was lost a long while ago, but Jonny was able to reconnect with the owner on facebook two decades later and was able to get another picture to upload to the website. It's a fun style that Jonny will likely revisit.

Blue Stairs by Jonny Olsen
Blue Stairs by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Brady Moffat, Ottawa, ON. Brady owned the Elbow Room where Jonny regularily had many of his paintings on display in 2003.

Streamway by Jonny Olsen
Streamway by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Stephan Veilleux, Orleans, Ontario. This particular painting is a cousin of 'Doorway'. It marks Jonny's first painting after his three year break. The birth of his daughter Gina kept him occupied for a while, and his small apartment offered little room for a painting studio, but now that Jonny has moved into a new house in Kanata, he has lots of room to paint.

Bendy Buildings by Jonny Olsen
Bendy Buildings by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Jason Billows. This is one of Jonny's most popular paintings. The first bendy building picture appeared at the Downstairs Club. The owner had some crooked doorways and bright primary colours so the bendy buildings image was painted to go along with the decorum in the bar. We live in a world of straight lines, yet our lives never seem to go straight. Maybe that's why the bendy buildings have so much appeal.

Amsterdam by Jonny Olsen
Amsterdam by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Anonymous. Jonny visited Amsterdam with his family in 1984. The Olsen family lived in France in 83 and 84. They visited many European countries in those two years. Jonny's favorite place was Amsterdam. He loved all the canals and the brown buildings. This painting was exhibted at the National Arts Centre on Nov 28, 2003.

4 o'clock by Jonny Olsen
4 o'clock by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Sarah Tessier. 4 o'clock is the time of day depicted in this picture. The painting was given as a gift to Sarah from her best friend Cassandra Bowley, who both worked at the Elbow Room.

8 o'clock by Jonny Olsen
8 o'clock by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Anonymous. This one is simliar to the '4 0'Clock' painting except that the setting is 8 o'clock.

Green City by Jonny Olsen
Green City by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Anonymous. This picture was painted at at the Studio on St. Laurent Blvd. Wouldn't it be nice if our cities were green instead of grey, with a water fountain on every corner. The sound of running water has definite soothing qaulities, that is why Jonny keeps a small water fountain in his studio.

Doorway by Jonny Olsen
Doorway by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Jen Fullerton, Ottawa Ont. Pictures are like paintings of the past, but paintings are doorways to our dreams.

Gametown by Jonny Olsen
Gametown by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Jonny Olsen. This was painted in his studio on Princes of Whales Blvd. His studio was on the 16th floor. Jonny is a big fan of board games. The path in this picture are supposed to be squares in a baord game.

Y-town by Jonny Olsen
Y-town by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Stephan Veilleux. Stephan, who was Jonny's roomate in Vanier in 2002 is a big supporter of Jonny's artwork. This one is called 'Y-town' because the buildings form a Y shape.

Candycane Lane by Jonny Olsen
Candycane Lane by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Jonny Olsen. This is a place Jonny saw in his dreams, so he decided to paint it. It would be a fun place to live. This is the first time he added the bendy feature to the road as well as the buildings. It gives the painting a fish-eye feel.

Escher by Jonny Olsen
Escher by Jonny Olsen
Escher2 by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Derek Thuillard. Jonny is a big fan of the famous artist Escher and his stairs, so he decided to make his own painting with lots of stairs.

L'Accudoir by Jonny Olsen
L'Accudoir by Jonny Olsen
This mural, painted at the Elbow Room on Elgin Street,was intended to give the room some depth and make it seem as though the room continues on into a courtyard. L'accoudoir is a French word for 'closet' which the Elbow Room can seem like at times.

Montreal by Jonny Olsen
Montreal by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Jonny Olsen. This painting was for a long while owned by Cindy Graman, who Jonny rented studio space from in 2002. But the painting no longer fit in Cindy's house when she moved so she gave it back to Jonny. The painting depicts the wonderful stairway fronted buildings of Montreal.

Purple Alley by Jonny Olsen
Purple Alley by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Jason Watts. Jason was part of Jonny's band Junkyard Symphony. He was a DJ/drummer and was part of Junkyard Symphony's 'Planet Junk' project which created hip-hop music.

Canal by Jonny Olsen
Canal by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Patrick Michaud of Quebec City. Patrick has been Jonny's friend since the late 90's when they met at the Tulip Festival. Jonny was performing with Junkyard Symphony and Patrick was running a fire safety show. The painting is hanging in Patrick's kitchen.

Tin Can Alley by Jonny Olsen
Tin Can Alley by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Anonymous. This painting hung in Jonny's small one bedroom apartment in China town. When he moved to the basement apratment on St. Laurent in Vanier he unfortunatley had to sell the painting.

Open Stage by Jonny Olsen
Open Stage by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Dave Olsen. Jonny played percussion with his guitarist friend Dave Milliken every Thursday night at the Elbow Room in a Group called Namaoke, meaing 'to sing along with a live band'. Volunteers sang and got to show off their stuff to a selction of 400 songs.

Venice by Jonny Olsen
Venice by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Anonymous. To make the bendy building series a little more interesting, Jonny decided to include famous cities from around the world. This painting was appraised by a European art critic at ten times the price it was sold for.

Greenlight by Jonny Olsen
Greenlight by Jonny Olsen
Owner: Stephenie Lauzon. Another version of the Bendy buildings picture, this one has the street light on the green building instead of the yellow one.

Band Room by Jonny Olsen

Band Room/ Mural
Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 1998. 8 x 18 feet

Owner: Nepean School of Music. This mural was painted to make the band room into a type of cafe. For a while, the Music school had open stages every friday night in the band room.

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