The holidays are over and the roads are crowded again, BUT there’s a hint of positive energy out there. I’ve started getting more enquiries and some orders, so negativity has lifted a little. The new season butterfly colours are helping to freshen up my offerings. I’m exchanging older designs and colours which are held in galleries with the new ones in order to spark more interest. I’ve made up the illuminated box mentioned in my last BLOG and the results speak for themselves, please see below. A vibrancy has been added to the display but at a financial cost. The LED panels which are used to light the box plus the special construction, in general, add to the prices. Time will tell whether this will be a hurdle to sales but it certainly looks amazing. This week I sent out record number of installations. I could barely move in my studio last night surrounded by 11 boxes of varying sizes. Onwards and upwards.
Michael September 6th 2018
I’ve just returned from a lovely holiday in Mallorca. Suitably refreshed and hopefully having signed up another gallery on the Island, I’m raring to go. At last an LED illuminated version of my range of acrylic boxes that I have been working on for 18 months is now in my hands. I’m thrilled about this addition to the range on offer as it will take the display to a new level. I’ve yet to create the actual butterfly art but watch this space. I have taken a stand at the Made in Britain exhibition to be held in Kew Gardens from October 4th -7th. I’m super excited about this as I’ll be facing the buying public for the 1st time. Until now all of my sales have been made through the 30 galleries who represent me so I’ll be at the sharp end and get to understand more about my potential clients and their needs. I’m still working on a lower-priced creation. Finding a reliable manufacturer of deep frame boxes made from timber rather than the current acrylic cases is top of my agenda. I’m hoping that once these are in production they will appeal to a wider audience.
Michael August 22nd 2018
Why am I seeing Butterflies everywhere I look?
From Fabrics to wallpaper and of course to the real things bless the little darlings, they seem to be everywhere. Perhaps its a bit like the day you take delivery of your new white/black/silver car and start seeing just how many white/black/silver cars there are on the road?
As a result of feedback, I decided to add some detail to my aquatic project. I’m determined to make this idea work and hopefully one day it might sell? A few of the fish in the shoal now have eyes which lift the display a little. Check out the close-up image below.
I’m taking my two-week holiday to Mallorca from next Monday. I’m looking forward to rest and recuperation following a painful trapped nerve. I’m on the mend but reclaiming the last 10% of lost mobility is proving hard.
The creation of new products and idea is high up on my to-do list. The creation below is a variation on a theme but adds a different dimension to my work. At only 50cmx50cm, its the smallest of my boxes but has a definite charm about it. At least I think so. I will be producing a white version for Zebra Gallery this week.
Finally, I have just learned that Taylor Smith of Westerham will be taking my works to LAPADA in Berkeley Square in September. This prestigious art and antique fair will be a wonderful showcase for my works.
Michael July 30th 2018
I finally completed a project that has been gestating for 6 months. Not surprisingly I have a butterfly box at home. Often when I looked at it and apart from admiring its beauty, I felt that something was missing.
It was one of my earlier and less ‘busy’ works and I realised that it needed a base layer with texture and colour contrast. i commissioned a two layer box from my acrylic supplier and whilst the images do not do the piece justice, I am very happy with it.
The whiter base layer shown separately here, as is the top layer did the trick and gives the piece a three dimensional feel with the illusion of more movement.
I have started using my new season butterfly colours and designs which give the works a fresh look.
And finally a brilliant image of my hands cradling Billy my pet butterfly taken by Stefan Hanegraaf, gifted photographer and social media guru.
No butterflies were harmed in this shoot, its made of feather.
Gallery Mensing in Germany has yet to hang the works that were delivered a couple of weeks ago. I’m hoping for great things here.
Michael July 25th 2018
Last week I received a large supply of acrylic boxes which have filled my studio up. The following Image gives a flavour of the mayhem caused by what will hopefully translate into sales. All that I need are the orders. Chaplin’s furniture in Hatch End Pinner had a new piece delivered last week and it looks gorgeous in their 1st-floor showroom. There’s a bit of a lull now that the World cup and Wimbledon are over. Perhaps the buying public will show themselves in greater numbers now.
I took some time off last week to see the RAF flypast in the Mall and what an amazing spectacle it was. The sight of those aircraft both old and new in immaculate formation, were visuals and sounds not to be forgotten.
Michael July 16th 2018
Galerie Mensing based in Hamm, has decided to trial two of my works and terms have been agreed. One of the works is to be hung in Palma Mallorca and the other in Berlin. Depending upon client response and the commercial outcome, my work could potentially be viewed in a total of 11 of their galleries.
I’ve posted a short video about myself and my work on the website. It explains a little about me, what drives me and how Michael Olsen artworks came into being.
A butterfly art installation for Artesano Gallery situated in the Oracle in Reading has been delivered. Wishing them the best of luck in their new venture.
I will be arranging a number of one-man exhibitions in the coming months. the first being at Canvas gallery in Winchester in October. On display will be about 12 various examples of my work. More details will follow in due course.
Michael July 9th 2018
I’m still waiting to discover whether I can agree terms with our potential client in Germany. It’s nail-biting stuff and has the potential to make an exciting addition to my growing list of Gallery Partners.
The wow refers to the image below. Its show a great example of the work I can carry out with exceptional results. This is a one off and free-standing commission completed last year 1.8m high and 0.8m wide.
The good weather hasn’t done anything for business which is still sluggish. I’m using the time to tidy, clean and create. Watch this space for my new creations.
Michael July 2nd 2018
Last weeks blog illustrated the special build. Here are a couple more images showing its intended destination and a publicity shot of the piece.
Two works arrived in Germany last week for approval. I’ve received a very positive response and am now discussing terms.
A new gallery located in the Oracle centre in Reading will be stocking my work from July 5th.
I’ve decided to invest in an having an illuminated acrylic box built to house one of my installations. As the image shows the lighting takes the display to new levels.
Today Thursday, I visit the ‘New Designer’ exhibition to look for ideas, inspiration and possible collaboration.
Michael June 28th 2018
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