Robert Olsen (1969-2014)
Robert Olsen (1969-2014) received his BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1998 and his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2002. Planthouse featured Olsen in its second show in 2013—it was his last solo show. In April of 2014, Olsen died in his sleep of a heart attack. He was forty-four years old.
While in college he started showing paintings through the Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects gallery. He would later have solo shows at: Black Dragon Society, LA; Plane Space, NY; G Fine Art, Washington DC; and Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver and Toronto, Canada. He was in group shows at: H2O LA; University of North Texas, Denton; Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State LA; Marcello Marvelli Gallery NY; ArtForum Berlin, Germany; Hayworth Gallery LA; Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs NY; Monterrey Mexico; Reed College, Portland OR; Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY; Hartford Community College, Bel Air, MD; CCA at 100, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Nathan Larramendy; Ojai, CA; Ars Libri, Boston MA; The Green Gallery East, Milwaukee, WI; ACP LA; Silverlake, LA, CA; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance CA; Wonderloch Kellerland, Berlin Germany; Anne Marten’s Home, LA; and Begovich Gallery – CSU Fullerton, CA. His last solo show was L.A. Freeways at Planthouse, NY, and curated his last group show, “I, II, III”, at South of Sunset, LA.