As reported previously trade has been slow, but enquiries are coming in now.
I have just delivered a special commission to our partner Wyecliffe gallery in Weybridge. It’s a large work at 150cmx100cm and has been created utilising the colours of a specific room setting. Unlike my standard works that tend to use a more dense mix of contrasting colours, this installation is built using very few butterfly designs and shades of pale blue, peach, white and turquoise. This is a case of less is more as illustrated in the images. From them, you can see also the various build stages.
Choose the Butterflies
Step 1, the glue
Step 2. Start the layout
Step 3. Develop the layout
Step 4 The completed panel
The massive work measuring 2m x 1.5m mentioned previously was finally fitted this week. The images are not the best but that’s all I have at present. Part of the delivery and fitting process has been captured in some images.
In Pride of Place
Sold at the Savoy early spring in aid of the Princess Alexandra Trust Breast Cancer Charity
I’m very excited about the prospect of presenting my work to a large gallery group in Germany. The 2 works which utilise my newest butterfly designs will be shipped next week for appraisal. With 11 galleries, including one in Majorca the potential for wider exposure and sales excites me. Watch this space.
Michael June 13th 2018
Let’s hope the Art buying public start showing some interest in buying Art! It’s been pretty quiet on the sales front over the past two weeks however my time has been taken up preparing the new seasons butterflies. They are just fabulous and they promise to give a fresh look to my work. Some early images follow. Finally, the massive work which was auctioned for charity at the Savoy in March is about to be delivered. It’s final resting place will be a grade 2 listed stately home in Essex. Watch for images next week. I’ve just heard that one of my gallery partners, Tanya Baxter International has sold some of my work at the Affordable Art fair in Hong Kong. International fame at last!
Michael May 21st 2018
Its been a difficult couple of weeks for me. I’ve suffered from a trapped and very painful nerve which has curtailed my work activities somewhat, however, I’m on the mend. The coming week sees a busy time ahead as a whole new summer range of beautiful butterflies are being delivered and prepped on Tuesday and the rest of the week. Preparation involves removing the butterflies from their boxes, clipping the individual wires to the required length. Then each item is sprayed with a UV protector to ensure, that they are colourfast and will resist fading. Each variant has its own container meaning that in addition to the butterflies, I have 75 storage boxes arriving also on Tuesday. I love new things and I’m hoping that the buying public will have the same enthusiasm as me for with this fresh approach.
Michael May 14th 2018
Despite the poor weather, It’s definitely getting busier. I’m getting enquiries from an increasing number of existing galleries and prospective new ones as well. I very pleased to announce that Bluebird Gallery in Derby has now joined my growing number of partner galleries and they will be receiving 2 of my works on May 4th. A gallery group in Germany has shown interest and I’m hoping to set up a meeting with their director at Hamburg Airport. The Mensing group have a number of galleries in Germany as well as in Palma Majorca so if they like my works they could be a great addition. Time will tell.I’m planning a road show to enable me to meet all of my Gallery partners within the next couple of months. I want them to see firsthand my new creations and find out what more i can do to promote my brand and their sales. Next week I will be able to show all of the new Butterfly designs I’m working on. This will bring about a fresh look to my work which is really exciting.
Michael May 1st 2018
If not consistent then at least there’s a lighter feel in the air. I have started to get more enquiries now which coincides with that mini buzz.
One of my clients, a designer is creating an amazing space within which the butterfly obsession of his client is very obvious. A Michael Olsen installation on the wall and beautiful Butterfly wallpaper on the ceiling. WOW!
Another granddaughter gets her 1st piece of butterfly art for her birthday this weekend. Finally, I’m working on a new collection of beautiful Butterflies for the 2018 season. More on this when they are ready.
Michael April 21st 2018
Just when I started to wonder where my next orders were going to come from or whether they would come at all, last week finally saw some action. The combination of marginally better weather coupled with the Easter & half term holidays seems to have brought out some of the art buying public.
I’m always looking for new ways to work and develop new products so at to keep my offerings fresh and inviting. That search has made me look in particular, at how I present new works to my gallery partners. I am now fairly sure that I will make one or two collections each year where older items will be phased out. This will keep my work at the forefront of affordable art and increase sales through the diversity of design and fresh offerings.
The giant auction piece is finally to be delivered to its new home in Essex. I’ll be posting images when they’re available once the beast is installed.
New design. Ellen and I are working on the following for an installation. It should be ready in a couple of weeks.
Michael April 12th 2018
I’m having an amazing holiday in Cyprus to celebrate my 73rd year. There’s been no butterfly action in the past week apart from me following some real ones in scrub-land surrounding our hotel.
I’ve been reviewing my life and the seven decades past and I acknowledge that I’m completely blessed with all that has passed before me. I’m filled with such energy, enthusiasm and joie de vivre that I can only see good things ahead.
When I was three years old I managed to upset a lady whose hat scared me. When I said so and she told me, a 3 year old off and I’ve been apologising for myself and trying to make amends ever since. What a waste of energy!
When I was 13 I shared my Bar-mitzvah with a boy who became a lifelong friend. On the day I felt like top dog and I’ve been trying to regain that feeling for 60 years!
When I was 23 I was excited, a new business on the horizon, my marriage around the corner and the world was going to be my oyster.
At 33 my life was panning out as expected, my business my family and my home, the world was indeed my oyster.
At 43 I was buffeted by the ups and downs of business and life, aspiring to impossibly high standards but not yet wise enough to realise that they were indeed probably impossible to attain.
By 53 things took a turn for the worse, marriage and business failing but not the will to succeed.
By 63 it all turned around, I met my wife to be who helped me realise that I was good enough exactly as I was and am.
Here I am today 73, feeling amazing, enjoying life, enthusiastic, and full of the joys this life can bring.
Michael April 5th 2018
I can’t remember looking forward to a break as much as I am to my trip to Cyprus on Thursday. I’m going to rest and recharge my batteries as I have no reserves of energy left. Its been quite a month what with getting the very big box ready for the Savoy auction but it was worth it. I’m looking forward to sales improving over the next few months what with new galleries coming online and weather that is more conducive to get potential customers looking for Art. I have new ideas being developed that I’m looking forward to developing on my return fully tanned and rested. Here are a couple of images, one from Zebra Gallery Hampstead which speaks for its stripey self and the other a gift to my lovely 6-year-old granddaughter Scarlett. See you in a couple of weeks.
Michael Mar 26th 2018
You may have seen the larger version of the Butterfly shape and it’s stunning. I will now be offering this to all galleries as a limited edition the numbers of yet to be decided. Unfortunately, my selling prices are having to increase due to continuing upward pressure on costs. Since the Brexit vote, acrylic cost prices have risen 4 times and I’ve absorbed these and other additional costs until now. If I’m to survive as an artist I have to be practical as well as creative. My workshop is has been without proper heating since I occupied it last October. Despite background heaters, it’s not very comfortable with the recent icy blast. Heating Engineers come and go but still no proper heating. I’m really happy that March sales are on target due to successes at the Affordable Art Fair and some sales action amongst the other gallery partners. Spring is on its way when sales should start to rise along with temperatures.
A couple of images just arrived of a lovely installation recently placed in an EC1 property by Mandy Englesman of MEC Designs Ltd.
Michael Mar 19th 2018
Preparing a number of works for the Affordable Art fair Battersea was my focus and that was achieved with time to spare. The two new designs, the small heart-shaped and 500 x 500mm aquatic project were on display when I arrived at Battersea and looked tremendous. I’m waiting for the lowdown from Lilford Gallery to find get a reaction and what sold (I know of at least one sale). The winner of the charity auction has, for now, decided to site the large Butterfly installation in her Essex country home. That will be delivered after Easter and I’m looking forward to finally seeing it in a home. Two new enquiries from Art galleries interested in joining the growing number of gallery partners are being considered.
Update March 14th.
A New gallery called Chelmer fine art has joined the network of galleries selling my works. They will be receiving stock in a couple of weeks. Affordable art fair was very good for me. Lilford Gallery sold all 3 stock pieces and has further enquiries for an additional 2.
The heart and fish didn’t sell, however so back to the drawing board.
A new size heart 750 x 750 being delivered to Canvas Gallery Winchester
Michael Mar 13th 2018