artists represented

1923 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 Librairie 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 continued to exhibit regularly
Exhibits at Johnstone Gallery, Brisbane and von Bertouch Gallery,

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 First solo exhibition at Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane

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

1994 Solo exhibition at Browse & Darby, London

1996-97 Retrospective exhibition held at Art Gallery of New South Wales,
Sydney travelling to Brisbane City Hall Art Gallery and Museum,
Newcastle Art Gallery and New England Regional Art Gallery,

1997 Declared an Australian National Living Treasure
Made Life Governor of Art Gallery of New South Wales

1998 Travels to London for Bonnard exhibition

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

2005 Publication of Meg Stewart's biography, 'Margaret Olley - Far from a
still life' by Random House
Art Gallery of New South Wales 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 Margaret Olley - Life's Journey exhibition held at University of
Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, travelling to National Trust S. H.
Ervin Gallery, Sydney and Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle
Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Southern Cross University

2008 Margaret Olley - Honoris Causa Survey Exhibition 1964-2007  held at
Dell Gallery,Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University

2011 Ben Quilty's portrait of Margaret Olley wins the Archibald Prize
Dies 26 July in Sydney

2012 Margaret Olley - The Inner Sanctum, a Philip Bacon Galleries
exhibition, held at Sotheby's Australia, Sydney

2012-13 Margaret Olley: Home: Interiors at Duxford Street, an Historic Houses
Trust of New South Wales exhibition, held at the Museum of Sydney

2014 Opening of Margaret Olley Art Centre at Tweed Regional Art Gallery,
Murwillumbah, by Her Excellency the Governor-General Dame
Quentin Bryce

2016 Margaret Olley, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane
The Mystery of Things: Margaret Olley & David Strachan, Tweed
Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah

2019 Margaret Olley: A Generous Life, QAGOMA, Brisbane
A Shared Obsession: Margaret Olley & Fred Jessup, Tweed Regional
Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah
Margaret Olley, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane

2020 The Unseen Monotypes - Paris 1952, Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane