John Olsen: A Recipe for Art


A recipe for art embarks on the journey of Olsen’s passion for cooking from his time in Spain on the island of Majorca, to Australia, France, Portugal and Italy, amongst other places, mapping Olsen’s life through recipes, quotes, paintings and photographs captured along the way. It also draws extensively on Olsen’s journals. He has lived in a remote Spanish cottage without electricity, in the Portuguese village of Castelo de Vide with his young family, on a rural property in Hill End, NSW, at an artists’ commune in country Victoria, as well by the harbour in Sydney’s Watsons Bay, all the while drawing on his local environment in his art practice and cooking. Featuring some 40 recipes by or loved by Olsen, 30 related paintings, over 50 sketches and drawings, and over 65 photographs of places, family and friends.

148 pages
Hardcover Colour Illustrations