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Fresh Breath by Jonny Olsen
Fresh Breath

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 1997. 14 x 18inches. Remains in the collection of Jonny Olsen. This painting is the close-up image of Otis Strange, a fictional character named after the rock band that Jonny played drums for from 1995-97. The name Otis Strange dereives from a line in Shakespeare's Hamlet "O'tis strange the night..."

Gnarly Marley by Jonny Olsen
Gnarley Marley

Pastel on Bristol Board. Drawn in 1990. 20 x 28 inches. Owner, Jonny Olsen. Back at Bell High School in Nepean, Jonny's favorite musical groups were Rush, Stompin Tom and Bob Marley. Born in 1945, Robert Nesta Marley lead a group called "The Wailors" who became the only Jamaican group to have acheived superstar status. Bob Marley died in 1981 from Cancer.

Great Bird Of Paradise by Jonny Olsen
Great Bird Of Paradise

Pastel on Bristol Board. 1990. 28 x 20 inches. Owner, Jonny Olsen. The faces depict night, day, earth, fire, animals, sun, and humans.

Guitar Girl Day by Jonny Olsen
Guitar Girl

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 1999. 14 x 24 inches. Owner, anonymous. This is a picture of the lead singer of a Band Called Jacob Two-Two, a groovy Folk-Funk band from Ottawa Ontario. You can check out their website at The Band actually got permission from the late Mordecai Richler to use the name Jacob Two Two, a popular children's novel series.

Hat Trick Day by Jonny Olsen
Hat Trick

Pencil Crayon on Paper. Drawn in 1997. 8 x 11 inches. Owner, Jonny Olsen. This is a picture of the first Otis Strange character pulling a band out of his hat. Otis Strange seemed like a good name for a magician so Jonny decided to draw a picture of Otis doing a hat trick. This picture was also used for Otis Strange poster promitions.

Limbo by Jonny Olsen

Pencil Crayon on Paper. Drawn in 1997. 8 x 11 inches. Owner, Jonny Olsen. Another version of the Otis Strange Character. Playing in the band gave Jonny lots of reasons to be artistic.

Nathalie by Jonny Olsen

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 1996. 30 x 36 inches. Sold to Nathalie Bouchard of Ottawa, Ont. Jonny used a heavy paint style in this painting so that the hair and eyes would seem to come out of the painting.

Rainbow Drain by Jonny Olsen
Rainbow Drain

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 1996. 16 x 20 inches. Owner Nathalie Bouchard. This is a very popular painting, yet has a very simple design. The traditional description of the rainbow is that it is made up of seven colors - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Actually, the rainbow is a whole continuum of colors from red to violet and even beyond the colors that the eye can see.

Rainy Day by Jonny Olsen
Rainy Day

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 1996. 20 x 40 inches. Owner Nathalie Bouchard. Jonny loves the rain, and often loves to take a walk as soon as it starts pouring down. "It's Mother Nature having her shower." he says. "After it rains, everything is nice and clean, and green. That is why Vancouver is so beautiful." Jonny's Grandparents and extended family live in Vancouver so he visits there often.

Self Portrait University by Jonny Olsen
Self Portrait/ University

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 1994. 18 x 21 inches. Owner, Jonny Olsen. Jonny Studied Environmental Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo. For his fourth year Thesis, instead of writing a 60 page essay, Jonny did a painting exhibit instead, on Native Conflict and Sprituality in Canada. He got an 'A' for his efforts.

Spirit of St. Louis by Jonny Olsen
Spirit of St. Louis

Watercolour on Paper. 8 x 10 inches. Owner Jonny Olsen. This was Jonny's first painting. It was done in Perros-Guirec, France. This is a picture of the Sprit of St. Louis, the first plane to cross the Atlantic.

Drumapokli by Jonny Olsen

Acrylic on Canvas. 16 x 20 inches. Owner, Rod Olsen. Akapokli is a well known Native image of a man playing the flute. This man has a djembe instead. The Djembe is the drum of the Mandinka people, and its origins dates back to the great Mali empire of the 12th century. Of all the African drums, The djembe has become extremely sought after in the Western world. This drum has inspired master drum makers now found all over the world.

The Trash Monster by Jonny Olsen
The Trash Monster

Acrylic on Paper. 20 x 36 inches. Owner, anonymous. This is a picture of a fictional character in a story called 'The Dream of The Molmanites', a children's story that Jonny wrote and illustrated in high school for an independent study. The Molmanites are monsters that feed on trash, and the Trash Monster is their leader. The Molmanites have lots of food in Toronto where the story takes place.

Before/ After by Jonny Olsen
Before/ After

Acrylic on Paper. 20 x 36 inches. Owner, anonymous. Jonny was active in many environmental groups during his years at high school and university.

 Gumby's Play by Jonny Olsen
Gumby's Play

Acrylic on Canvas. 16 x 22 inches. Painted in 1994. Owner, Jonny Olsen. Jonny's favoroite drink is Dad's Rootbeer. Gumby and Super Chicken are using it for for a back drop to have a play. In 1955 Art Clokey, a teacher who had done Dinah Shore animation and a jazz video in clay called Gumbasia was approached by Art Engel of 20th Century Fox to do a clay series. It turned up on Howdy Doody (1947-60).This, of course, was Gumby.

 Jester by Jonny Olsen

Pencil Crayon on Board. 10 x 30 inches. Drawn in 1991. Owner, Jonny Olsen. You can tell that Jonny was intersted in colours and artistic designs from early on, as well as the jester trade. Today, Jonny might be seen as a modern jester, as the Junkyard Symphony allows for lots of fooling around. In Europe and India the most eminent jesters were household names, as top-class comedians are today, and stories about their jokes and tricks circulated freely, as they still do in India—there is even a kind of lentil soup named after Birbal. The star jesters of China may also have enjoyed this celebrity status.

Snowshoes by Jonny Olsen

Acrylic on Board. 20 x 20 inches. Painted in 1994. Owner, anonymous. The method used for this painting was to scrape the paint away from the board. 12000 years ago a kind of snowshoe was used by central Asia people to move to Greenland & Scandinavia or to Alaska & Canada crossing the Bering strait. It was the most genius system to walk on snow.

Stompin' Tom by Jonny Olsen
Stompin' Tom

Pastel on Bristol Board. Drawn in 1991. 20 x 28 inches. Owner, Jonny Olsen. Stompin's Tom, Neil Peart, and Farley Mowat are some of Jonny's favorite Canadian Heroes. If you get a chance, check out Stompin' Tom's song 'Big Joe Mufferaw', a song about Ottawa, where big Joe paddled, all the way from Mattawa, in just one day.

The Game Of Life by Jonny Olsen
The Game of Life

Pencil Crayon on Paper. Drawn in 2001. 8 x 11 inches. Owner, anonymous. Sometimes life seems like a big video game with God at the controls. Life used to be a Commodore 64, now it's an Xbox.

Marcello's by Jonny Olsen

Acrylic on Canvas. Painted in 2003. 40 x 60 inches. Owner, Marcello's, Ottawa Ont.

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