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Sandeman by Jonny Olsen
Sandeman

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2008. 46 x 34 inches. Owner, Brian O'Conner. This a Greek village that Brian and his family visited on their vacation.

Grassy Stream by Jonny Olsen
Grassy Stream

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2010. 8 ft x 4ft. 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

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2001. 30 x 36 inches. Given as a gift to 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.

Bendy Buildings by Jonny Olsen
Bendy Buildings

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2003. 24 x 36 inches. Owner, anonymous. 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.

Greenlight by Jonny Olsen
Greenlight

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2003. 24 x 30 inches. 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.

Doorway by Jonny Olsen
Doorway

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2003. 24 x 30 inches. Owner, Jen Fullerton, Ottawa Ont. Pictures are like paintings of the past, but paintings are doorways to our dreams.

Blue Stairs by Jonny Olsen
Blue Stairs

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2003. 24 x 30 inches. Owner, Brady Moffat, Ottawa Ont.

City Shapes by Jonny Olsen
City Shapes

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2001. 24 x 30 inches. Given as a gift to 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.

4 o'clock by Jonny Olsen
4 o'clock

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2003. 24 x 30 inches. 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, a cute bartender who still works at the Elbow Room. Stop by and visit her, have a beer. She is very nice. 356 Elgin St.

8 o'clock by Jonny Olsen
8 o'clock

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2003. 24 x 36 inches. 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

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2002. 36 x 48 inches. 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.

Amsterdam by Jonny Olsen
Amsterdam

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2003. 24 x 30 inches. Owner, Jonny Olsen. 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.

Purple Alley by Jonny Olsen
Purple Alley

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2003. 24 x 30 inches. Owner, Jason Watts.

Gametown by Jonny Olsen
Gametown

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2004. 24 x 30 inches. Owner, Jonny Olsen.

Y-town by Jonny Olsen
Y-town

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2004. 24 x 30 inches. Owner, Stephan Veilleux.

Candycane Lane by Jonny Olsen
Candycane Lane

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2003. 24 x 30 inches. Owner, Jonny Olsen.

Escher by Jonny Olsen Escher2 by Jonny Olsen
Escher

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2004. 24 x 30 inches. Owner, Derek Thuillard.

L'Accudoir by Jonny Olsen
L'Accoudoir Mural

Acrylic on wall. 2001. 10 x 15 feet. This mural, painted at the Elbow Room on Elgin st., 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

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2002. 48 x 96 inches. Given as a gift to Cindy Graman. This painting was so big that Jonny couldn't keep it in his basement apartment so he gave it as a gift to Cindy, who let him rent out a room in her apartment for studio space. She moved, however, and could not fit it into her new apartment either, so she turned it sideways.

Canal by Jonny Olsen
Canal

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2004. 40 x 48 inches. Owner, Patrick Michaud of Quebec City.

Tin Can Alley by Jonny Olsen
Tin Can Alley

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 1999. 10 x 10 feet. 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 he unfortunatley had to sell the painting.

The Elbow Room by Jonny Olsen
The Elbow Room

Pencil Crayon on Paper. 1999. 8 x 11 inches. Owner, Jonny Olsen. Jonny plays 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'. Volunteer singers get to show off their stuff to a selction of 400 songs.

Open Stage by Jonny Olsen
Open Stage

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2000. 16 x 20 inches. Owner Anonymous. One of the few cityscape paintings that include people. The Elbow Room has an open stage every Wednesday night.

Venice by Jonny Olsen
Venice

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2001. 40 x 60 inches. 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.

Streamway by Jonny Olsen
Streamway

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2007. 40 x 60 inches. 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.

Band Room by Jonny Olsen

Band Room/ Mural

Acrylic on Wall. 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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