If you’ve ever been on the Manly Ferry during a large swell, you’ll either find yourself a little green in the face or giddy with excitement, like it’s your first time on a roller-coaster, as the vessel sways, twists and leaps its way through the rolling harbour.
Acclaimed Australian artist John Olsen has reminisced about his days as a young art student travelling on the ferry deck amid the rolling harbour waves by creating an iconic painting of Sydney Harbour. Titled, The Rolling Sea and that Streeton Painting, Olsen has donated the work to Mosman Art Gallery where it will sit alongside the famous work that provided the inspiration, Arthur Streeton’s Sydney Harbour 1895. Both are currently on permanent view in the gallery’s Balnaves Gift, which includes a further fifteen Australian Impressionist paintings depicting the Mosman area, donated to the gallery by philanthropist Neil Balnaves AO.
The most important thing is to feel excited yourself and to be moved to paint it, to write poetry, to sing about it, if you wish.
Watch the video below as 87 year old Olsen brings to life his memories as a young artist, standing on the wave-soaked deck of the Manly Ferry.
What: John Olsen’s The Rolling Sea and that Streeton Painting, part of the permanent gallery collection.
Where: Mosman Art Gallery, Cnr Myahgah Road and Art Gallery Way, Mosman
When: Open 10am-5pm, 7 days a week
How much: FREE