Manfred Olsen, Maroochydore Member Since April 2011 Artist Statement I was born in Hamburg, Germany. Since 1983 I have lived in Australia, partly in Maroochydore in Queensland and partly in Hobart in Tasmania.
I have worked as a digital artist since the turn of the millennium, after I had realized, with the acquisition of ‘Artlantis’, the immense art potential of some software. I started then to create images of a distinct character using the new and unique digital medium. This marked a turning point in my career, away from architecture and back to art where I had started from, originally.
Before, I was working as an architectural consultant, first in Hanover, Germany, then in Hobart, Australia.
I studied sculpture with Kurt Lehmann and painting with Kurt Sohns at Hanover University as well as architecture with Friedrich Spengelin and Gerhard Graupner.
During my time in Hanover, I co-founded the “Werbezentrale für Totalkunst und Banalismus” in conjunction with concept artist Timm Ulrichs.
I was married twice. I have 3 grown-up children, a son who works as a graphic designer in Melbourne, my older daughter works as an architect in Brisbane and my younger daughter as a furniture designer and business woman in Hobart.
2005 Finalist at 'Hutchins Art Prize', Hobart, Tasmania 2004 Computer Generated/Assisted Images Award - Caloundra Art Festival, Queensland 2003 Entry for Caloundra Art Festival 'Highly Commended' 2002 'Digital Mystery Tour' - Solo Exhibition of inkjet prints at 'Inka Gallery', Hobart 2001 'Metastructures' - Solo Exhibition of inkjet prints at Qantas Club, Hobart Airport 1991 Sculpture Solo Exhibition 'Upside Down', Hannover 1964/65 Involvement in various art actions in Hannover, in conjunction with 'Werbezentrale für Totalkunst'