Profile - Olga Garner Morris
Australian painter, internationally represented with exhibitions in London, New York, Europe and Australia and in the collection of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip and the Prince of Wales and the late Princess Diana. Olga's paintings are also in the collections of Sir William Heseltine, Lord Glendevon, General Sir Phillip Bennett and Lady Bennett, the Government House, Hobart and the Caloundra City Art Collection.
Olga has had over 21 solo exhibitions since 1973. Wollongong Civic Centre - John Macintosh Hall Gibralter - Calpe Gallery Europe - The Mountbatten Gallery U.K. - Qantas Gallery London - The Bournemouth Gallery U.K. - Beta Gallery Queensland - New York Hilton, N.Y. - Sheridan Gallery Brisbane - Government House Channel Islands - Manyung Gallery, Victoria - Caloundra Civic Centre, Queensland - Launceston Casino Tasmania - Deloraine Art Festival Tasmania - The Colonial Gallery Tasmania - The Eaton Galleries London - The Garner Gallery Longford - Sheraton Gallery Hobart - Grenik Fine Art Gallery Hobart - Home Studio Spreyton - Boardwalk Gallery Hobart - Peppercorn Gallery Richmond - Ballingers of Buderim Queensland - Twin Waters Gallery Queensland - Montville Art Gallery Queensland - Caloundrs Regional Art Gallery Queensland - Gallery Beneath Mooloolaba, to name a few.
The Wollongong Town Hall holds one of Olga's abstracts and the Canberra War Museum has her painting of the War Memorial vessel "Krait". She has caused front page headlines with her controversial portrait of Stipendary Magistrate W.M. Shirley. She has studied at the National Art School for modern art, sculpture and photography, then went on to teach at the Adult Education Centre, N.S.W. before leaving for Europe in 1976.
On arrival in Spain, Olga purchased a 65ft yacht and cruised the Mediterranean for two years with her family. Her children attended school in Gibralter, where she shared an art studio with two other artists. She flew to London for her first major art exhibition in the U.K. held at The Fine Art Guild Gallery, in 1978. Later that year she sailed to England where she sold her yacht and her children could attend to their higher education. She taught education for art whilst living in Europe and judged a photographic competition between Malta and Gibralter, for handicapped children.
Awards include - First prize Caloundra Art Festival - Grand Champion Sunshine Coast Show - Second and Third prize Sunshine Coast Show - Noosa Art Competition Award - Kenilworth Art Festival Award - Pt. Macquarie Award N.S.W. - Nerang Art Festival Queensland - First Prize Kingborough Art Festival Tas - First Prize Margate Art Competition Tas - Plus three other Tasmanian Awards. Olga has produced limited edition prints of her paintings, two of which have won the Silver Award for National Art Reproductions.