New Gallery Partner and More

Earlier this week I spent a superb & relaxing 3 days in the sun cycling in the Isle of Wight. It’s a beautiful place.


Stunning scenery, great cycling country with the added bonus of one or two butterflies on the wing.

It was sunny but chilly & I wasn’t able to get a butterfly to stay still long enough for a photo. However, it was lovely to see the few of them that did cross my path. 

For me the Art trade is still unpredictable and is unlikely to change anytime soon. Having said that I’m still getting enquiries which keep my enthusiasm bolstered and creativity fuelled. I’ve responded to an enquiry from the WNDR museum in Chicago.

I know its been said before but watch this space.  A client of Montagues Gallery in Kings Langley has enquired about a cylindrical display box for my butterflies. It will be a first & if it becomes a reality I’ll be really excited to see how it looks at 1 metre in diameter. 

Below are a few workshop close ups of some of the 2019 butterfly selection. I can’t wait to make a start on using them. 


Finally (for this blog) I’m happy to announce that Thompsons Art Gallery are now representing my work in Suffolk. They are located at 175 High St, Aldeburgh IP15 5AN tel  01728 453743. 

Michael May 17th 2019


A Good First Week Back

I completed a private commission and the client is very happy with the outcome in which case, so am I. Image below.


I’m re-organising my work-space in order to make it more efficient and allow more display space for the new butterflies.

A new gallery has come on stream in Victoria central London. Welcome to Luminaire Arts who specialise in providing artworks to the Hotel, designer and yacht industries. 

Here’s an image of my new project. 


It will be a large piece measuring 1500 x 1000 cm on a black acrylic panel.  Watch this space for progress reports. 

Weather permitting, I hope to deepen my tan by cycling around the Isle of Wight from Monday to Wednesday next week. Oh yes and get a bit fitter.

Michael May 9th 2019


New Butterfly Designs

We’re now in to May and I’m freezing but then so are we all !  It probably doesn’t help that I spent 10 days in the Cyprus sun which was lovely and relaxing and warmISH. I saw only two butterflies out there which suggests that was too cold for them to begin hatching.

I’m back to work now with renewed energy and am very excited about my 2019 range of Butterflies. This is a smattering of the styles and not all colours. They are going to make some stunning looking butterfly art works.


What with my art going to Hong Kong and possibly New York with Tanya Baxter Contemporary, a new opening in Pimlico London and Aldeburgh Suffolk things are looking up. And just in case I don’t have enough to do after cycling, spinning, swimming & pilates I’ve joined a choir. I just love it. Unfortunately this has highlighted the fact the I need to hone my memory skills as learning the lyrics is a big issue for me. Still it’s like a mind gym, and I hope my memory will get better in all areas !

Michael May 3rd 2019

A week in the Sun

I’m off to Cyprus tomorrow morning at 7am. and am hoping for a few days of sun and rest. My last work related task today was to deliver 3 more works to Tanya Baxter in Chelsea in time for the Hong Kong art fair. When I return, the new seasons collection of Butterflies will have arrived from my supplier and I’m very excited. Just like the hatching of real butterflies, my feather variety also arrive once a year. This gives me a real creative boost and is a very busy time. The butterflies are treated to ensure that they remain colourfast and the wires are trimmed to ensure they fit into the acrylic boxes. Finally, the various species and colours are boxed to ensure ease of selection when making the works of art. My next blog will be posted upon my return during the 1st week on May.
Last Saturday in very chilly Herts.

Michael April 17th 2019


Another year passes

I recently celebrated my 74th birthday. I’m fortunate to be healthy and happy enough to enjoy life to the full and have just added a new bike to my modes of transport. Of course this has nothing to do with Butterflies but is about me and my hobbies, one of which is cycling. Hiding within the sleek lines is a battery and a motor….yes its an ebike but you wouldn’t know it. Help getting up hills and home after a long ride is just what I need and only I will know what advantage I now have. Happy days.

I’m very pleased to announce that Tanya Baxter Contemporary, located in Kings Road Chelsea,  will be taking 7 of my works to the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong, in May.

Amongst the items is a new black etched acrylic panel which I am intent on developing using additional colour palettes as well as alternative background designs. The attached image is not great due to reflection but gives an idea of its appearance. 

Michael April 10th 2019


Endangered British Butterflies

Without even looking at the available data, It seems clear to me that the lack of visible Butterfly sightings during the summer months that numbers and species are either in decline or have disappeared altogether. Memories of ones youth can be clouded by nostalgia or recollection inaccuracies but I’m sure that I do remember seeing these beauties frequently and in many rural areas visited. 

How sad is it that 26 species of the British Butterfly are on a red list. The list has 5 severity headings running from regionally extinct through to near threatened. It’s my intention to create a work that includes replicas of some of these Butterflies, more of which in the weeks to come. Here are a few images of them.

Michael March 29th 

The B word.

Obviously it’s not definitive but how can the shenanigans over leaving the EU be doing business in the UK any good?  Of course it can’t, despite the fact that unemployment is down and the inference is that business is fine, it isn’t at least from my perspective.  We will I’m sure, all be happy when it’s over. 

The results at Affordable art Fair Battersea were reasonable with 2 large pieces selling. There are other enquiries being made so the advent of springtime might just be giving a boost to sales of Art. My photo shoot went well last week and I’m waiting on the final touches to be made to the images. My website will be upgraded during the coming months and the images of my latest work will form part of that process. Here are a few shots to (hopefully) whet your appetite. You can now view the online version of Durrah Luxury Magazine. I’m on pages 74-76.

Till next week

Michael March 21st 2019


Keep on keeping on

Thats my motto for March as I’m investing my time and hard earned income for a time when sales take off. At the moment however the mention of sales seems as likely as one of my feather butterflies taking wing! 

No no no, in reality I’m positive and pushing forward on all fronts as follows. This week my work is for sale at The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park courtesy of Lilford Gallery. He has 5 pieces for sale. The following weekend sees The Wey Gallery offer my 4 of my works at The Contemporary Art Fair, Sandown Park Racecourse Esher. 

My PR campaign has attracted another luxury lifestyle periodical called Durrah Luxury Magazine . The article is due to be published next week and will again feature my recent work. Who knows, if the article reaches the right buyers I could be off to Bahrain for a sunny business trip. Pass the SPF 50.

Pro photographer Stefan Hanegraaf 

will be focusing his creative lenses on 10 of my works next week. I’m upgrading my website images as it’s been 3 years since the early images were published. My designs have changed quite a bit since the early days and I want my website to reflect the current feel of my latest collection.  

Adieu till the next time.

Michael March 7th 2019


Life in the Old Dog

Even at my tender age, I possess a strong desire to learn. Last week I attended a course in order to understand more about digital marketing and my mind is still reeling. Whilst I ‘get’ the principals, the tips and tricks I need to understand and implement mean quite a change in the way I organise my day to day activities. Old dog and new tricks come to mind and I accept that if I want my little venture called Papilio to succeed in the digital world, I have to learn its ways. This I will do in the coming weeks and trust that it will have some effect upon my likes, my number of followers and increased traffic to my website. 

I have spent some of the past week planning production for the coming month. With 2 exhibitions requiring a number of works to show in March,  a new gallery partner in Padstow at the same time as a photo shoot, I have 13 butterfly installations to make and deliver in fairly short order. 

I’m experimenting with a new idea the image of which follows.


I’m creating an etched acrylic panel on to which I will replace the butterflies illustrated with some of my feather varieties to complete the creation. This is in distinct contrast to my heavy filled butterfly installations which currently form the mainstay of my work. I hope you like the idea, either way I’d love to hear from you at

Watch out for the two, soon to be published articles about my work in the Jewish Chronicle on line magazine and Homes & Interiors Scotland.

In case you missed this from an earlier blog here’s link to a very upmarket online newsletter/magazine featuring my work.

Michael February 19th 2019



Enquiries are on the increase this week which is encouraging. One is from Turkey and the other from Bahrain and 4 from UK galleries.

Three articles focusing on my work are due to be published shortly. They are The Jewish Chronicle Homes & Interiors magazine and Homes and Interiors Scotland.

Luxuria lifestyles has also featured Michael Olsen Butterflies in a VERY high end online magazine.

I’ve now completed the two “Papillon de Papillon” and the completed images will be on display next week. These installations will be included in my new website tab “For sale”.  I’ve started planning production for the new season of exhibitions mentioned previously. These shows are The Affordable Art fair Battersea and Esher contemporary Art fair both being held in March.  With 11 pieces  scheduled for delivery in mid march, I now have to get up a head of steam hence this short blog. Finally I’m very happy that the mornings and evenings are getting lighter. This light imbues me with such a feeling of freedom as I’m sure it does for most of us.

Michael February 13th 2019