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An internet presence - A waste of time?
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I'm loosing count of the number of profiles I've set up on the internet in the past year... maybe about 14... Artfind.co.nz, CreativeNZ, Fuel4arts, Dripbook, Virb, Facebook, Artelista, Issuu, WOW,…Continue

Tags: internet, promotion, myspace, marketing, website

Last reply by Nathan Nicholls aka-recyclesculptor Sep 12, 2008.

Artist's Stories
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[less about discussion - more about finding connections - feel free to add your true stories and comments as well]I love to read novels about fictional artists: Gulley Jimson in 'The Horse's Mouth'…Continue

Last reply by Aline Smithson Jun 13, 2008.

Children's toys
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the artist Charles Olsen as a young lad pots, spoons, sticks, cardboard boxes, wooden…Continue

Tags: computer, games, play, children

Last reply by ENRIQUE AZOCAR Jun 16, 2009.

The female body - Photos by Ainhoa

Photo of my friend Ainhoa in Madrid, July 2008 (by Charles Olsen)Today Ainhoa came to show me some photos she has taken on her recent travels in India. She has been keeping a blog since going to…Continue

Tags: butoh, ainhoa, india, female, dance

Started Jul 30, 2008


charles olsen - paintings

What to see

hello... Charles Olsen here. Born 1969 in Nelson, New Zealand. Lived in England for many years and then moved to Madrid in Spain in 2003, where I am now. Please feel free to browse my work!

In July 2010 I made a short film, 'La danza de los pinceles' (The dance of the brushes) and you can see the trailer and further information at ladanzadelospinceles.blogspot.

I write poetry and am preparing my first collection to be published in 2011 called 'Sr. Citizen'. Most of the poems are written in Spanish and will have English translations. You can read my poetry at pensamientoslentos.blogspot.

To see my PAINTINGS and PHOTOGRAPHY etc please visit my website: charlesolsen.es

Profile Information

Relationship status
in a relationship
College / University
Middlesex University (1991-1994)
Program / Degree
Fine Art BA (Hons)
July 24, 1994
Member type
Artist, Other
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Drawing, Painting, Photography, Video
I am...
wondering at the world.
About my artwork
I have always done what I feel like, whether it be climbing trees, making cardboard models, sketching, writing, taking photographs, creating music, cooking. I guess I search for a feeling of belonging in myself, of connections to the world around me. I prefer to go for a walk, to have coffee with friends, to read other's ideas, to study something in detail, than to sit alone with ideas of art and to justify my painting. Painting is unexpected. It expresses an absorbed and lived in world though unconsciously. The final painting is a pause between moments of living, a meditation on those moments.
Artists I like
I came to Madrid because of Velásquez and Goya. But really at the moment I'm drawn to, and inspired by, people I know: the wood pieces and drawings of Rupert Hughes, London; the graffiti of Ignacio LlucH, Benicarlo; Valentina Bizzarro, Napoli (sometimes one painting says more than a whole gallery of work); the fotos of Rocksusto, Minnesota and Jorgenn, Madrid.
Also inspired by La Pluma Electr*k who live just round the corner from me.
Apart from painting I also came to Spain because I play flamenco guitar and studied 3 years with gypsy maestro El Entri in the flamenco academy Amor de Dios, Madrid. I've been fortunate to have painted portraits of him and his son, Jesús de Rosario, in return for classes.
My first book of poetry "Sr. Citizen" which includes my drawings, paintings and photographs, is published by Amargord Ediciones in Madrid, Spain. For more information see pensamientoslentos.blogspot.com

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Charles Olsen's Blog

opening words

A photo of me by the fantastic Rocksusto taken in August 2007. I prepared the canvas behind especially for the photo and it is still white today - it appeared in a dream of Rocksusto's one night and so I made it - maybe it is waiting for someone else to dream the picture that will appear on it. It's sitting in the hallway and I walk past it with quiet anticipation every…


Posted on December 8, 2007 at 18:08 — 1 Comment

as blogs go...

in order to devote more time to an empty canvas I'm not going to write any more here. 24.05.08

Posted on February 8, 2007 at 20:00

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At 17:00 on December 1, 2009, Shaun Belcher said…
At 17:35 on September 18, 2009, Elan Primo Marsiglia said…
Me asombra y me deleita tu obra. Produces emociones, algo que se ausenta en gran parte de los artistas actuales
At 19:36 on June 21, 2009, Charles Olsen said…
if you'd like to visit my show in Second Life this is the link: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Bounty/228/234/28
At 15:36 on June 16, 2009, gabriela a. victoria w. said…
Hey Charles! como estás ayer recibí tu invitación para Second life, me hice un perfil, pero ahora no encuentro la muestra! me mandas un link a facebook? gracias! y suerte!
At 2:32 on June 16, 2009, 48073 said…
hi, thanks for the invite.
looking forward to meet in secondlife.
although SL does not run too smooth on my system lately., i will give it a try.
At 9:07 on June 12, 2009, katikatinka said…
Hola Charles, estupendo trabajo, no kisiera perderme los proximos!
At 22:13 on May 19, 2009, Susanne Alm said…
:) thank you for adding me......read how you discribe your creativity......agree a lot. I write my thoughts in poems.......to me its like adding a melody.xxSuse
At 20:57 on May 19, 2009, Patricia said…
Hola Charles! Thanks for adding me as a friend. I really like your artwork! Felicidades por el Premio de la Saatchi...Te deseo muchos éxitos porque el talento ya lo tienes!
Un abrazo, Patricia
At 16:53 on March 15, 2009, Jackie Pentalioti said…
I love your realistic paintings
At 14:07 on January 22, 2009, Chloe Gray said…
Hi Charles,

Thanks for adding me. Your paintings look great. I've enjoyed looking at your work. Hope all is well in Spain. Please feel free to check out Hex Ed. Journal, for which I am Arts Editor. www.hexedjournal.com/category/arts



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