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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Art for Comics Fans: Gavin Olson

Last night I checked out a small art show hosted by my hair stylist at her shop, Studio 112, in Bellingham, WA. Expecting to just pop in for a few minutes and say hi, the art being displayed kept me around for quite a while.

Gavin Olson is a 20-year-old full-time artist with a keen talent. My first thought looking at his ink and watercolor work was “this is art that comics fans would love.” Not just comics fans, though, will appreciate Olson’s whimsical look at the world in both watercolor and oil and canvas. From landscapes to skylines to a coffee shop and a concert, Olson’s whimsy is not an uncontrolled eclecticism that confuses the eye and the brain, it’s a focused, structured creativity that is impressive.

The work that captured me the most was “Songset Strip,” a oil and canvas painting featuring a band onstage. The crowd can be seen rocking out in the bottom few inches of the painting, the semi-abstract band members spotlighted and music flowing out and up. A really striking piece of art.

Shameless Plug:
Olson’s art would look just as at home in a gallery or in a study or living room. That can’t be said for all art – and his prices are very affordable. He’s got prints and cards available as well as originals. Check out a few samples below. These are just scans from cards (permission of the artist), so the actual works are, of course, much more vibrant in person.

If you are interested in more information, you can call Olson (PST) at 360-733-2714. I have an email address, as well, but for spam purposes, if you’d like to get a hold of him that way, email me at, and I’ll pass the address on.


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