artists represented

1924 Born 24 June in Lismore, NSW

1941  Enrols at Brisbane Central Technical College

1943-45 Moved to Sydney
Enrols in Art Diploma course at East Sydney Technical College
Works on theatre sets
Graduates with first-class honours

1947-48 Paints Landscapes
Awarded Mosman Art Prize
Paints at Hill End near Brisbane with Donald Friend

1948 (June) First solo exhibition at Macquarie Galleries, Sydney

1949 William Dobell's portrait of Margaret Olley wins the Archibald Prize
First trip to Europe, visiting England and France
Spends much of the next few years at Cassis in the south of France

1952 Solo Exhibition of monotypes at Galerie Paul Morihien, Paris

1953 Returns to Australia on the death of her father
Works on theatre sets

1955 Solo exhibition at the Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
Throughout this period continues to receive commissions for
murals, including one for The Leagues Club in Philip Street, Sydney

1959 Opens an antiques shop in brisbane

1962 Wins the Helena Rubinstein Portrait Prize and Redcliffe Art Prize
Solo exhibition at the Johnstone Gallery, Brisbane
Buys her first house is Paddington, Sydney with some of the
proceeds of the sell-out exhibition

1963-64 Wins the Bendigo Art Prize, Finney's Centenary Art Prize and
the Redcliffe Art Prize
Wins the Johnsonian Club Art Prize and exhibits at Australian
Galleries, Melbourne, where she continues to exhibit regularly
Exhibits at Johnstone Gallery, Brisbane and von Bertouch Gallery,
Newcastle

1965-68 Renovates Paddington house and continues exhibiting in Brisbane,
Canberra, Newcastle, and Sydney
Buys her present house in Duxford Street, Paddington
Travels three times to Papua New Guinea

1969 Solo exhibitions at Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, and at von
Bertouch Gallery, Newcastle
Travels extensively in Malaysia, Cambodia and Bali

1970-79 Makes several trips to Europe, spends three months painting
at Moya Dyring Memorial Studio, Paris

1975 Solo exhibition at Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, where Olley
continues to exhibit regularly

1981 Living in Sydney
Travels to America for the first time, visiting museums and art
collections in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Baltimore,
and Washington

1982-89 Continues to live and work in Sydney, exhibiting regularly
Travels extensively, including to Greece, America, China,
Russia, Italy, England and France

1990 Retrospective exhibition held at the S. H. Ervin Gallery, National
Trust Centre, Sydney, toured to Brisbane City Hall Art Gallery
and Museum, and Lismore Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Publication of Christine France's book, 'Margaret Olley'
Begins to buy works for the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust
for public collections

1991 Awarded honorary Doctorate of Letters by Macquarie University
and appointed Officer (AO) Order of Australia
Solo exhibition at Australian Galleries, Sydney

1994 Solo exhibition at Browse & Darby, London

1996-97 Retrospective exhibition held at AGNSW, Sydney travelling to
Brisbane City Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Newcastle Region
Art Gallery and New England Regional Art Gallery, Armidale

1997 Solo exhibition at Australian Galleries, Sydney
Declared an Australian National Treasure
Made Life Governor of AGNSW

1998 Travels to London for Bonnard exhibition
Solo exhibition at Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane

1999 Solo exhibition at Nevill Keating Pictures, London

2000 Co-curator with Barry Humphries of 'Favourites' exhibition at
National Trust S. H. Ervin Gallery
Awarded honorary Doctorate of Letters, University of Queensland
Awarded honorary Doctorate of Visual Arts, University of Sydney
Brian Moore Fine Art and Philip Bacon Galleries exhibiting
at Sotheby's Gallery, Sydney

2001 Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane

2005 Publication of Meg Stewart's biography, 'Margaret Olley--Far from
a still life' by Random House
AGNSW names The Margaret Olley Twentieth Century 
European Gallery
Nevill Keating Tollemache and Philip Bacon Galleries, exhibiting
at Nevill Keating Tollemache, London
Philip Bacon Galleries and Nevill Keating Pictures exhibiting at
Sotheby's Gallery, Sydney

2006 Appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
Honorary Doctorate from University of Newcastle

2007 Awarded honorary Doctorate from Southern Cross University
Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane

2011 Dies 26 July in Sydney, NSW

2012 Philip Bacon Galleries exhibiting at Sotheby's Gallery, Sydney


Selected Collections
National Gallery of Australia
Art Gallery of New South Wales
National Gallery of Victoria
Queensland Art Gallery
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Artbank
Australian National University
University of New South Wales
University of Queensland
University of Sydney
Bendigo Art Gallery
Lismore Regional Art Gallery
Newcastle Region Art Gallery
Toowoomba Art Gallery
Tweed River Art Gallery
Wollongong City Gallery