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Item Name: Print
Title: Standing Cow
Maker: Gary Olson
Year: 1975
Country: Canadian
Materials: lithograph 4/10
Measurements: 32.0 x 28.0 cm
ID Number: ART 139
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: The cow in this image is almost stepping through the surface of the paper into our space, as if she is curious to meet us. Entitled “Standing Cow”, this is an early work in a long series of cow portraits by Gary Olson. Initially inspired by warm memories of his uncle’s farm in Minnesota, Olson continued using cows as subject matter throughout his career, experimenting with formal elements in art including illusion, magnification, and foreshortening. This combination of life-like detail and exaggerated pictorial elements is known as “Post-pop Realism”. Olson is also known as a master printmaker. This image is a lithograph, a type of artist-made print. The process of lithography begins with the artist creating an image with a greasy medium onto a grained surface, traditionally by drawing onto a flat printing stone. When printing ink is applied, it only sticks to the grease-treated image. This inky drawing is then transferred to paper in a printing press. The edition number, 4/10 tells us that this is the fourth multiple of Olson’s image out of ten. Gary Olson (1946-) was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He earned his BFA (1969) from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Awarded a Graduate School Fellowship at Indiana University in Bloomington, he earned his MFA (1973) in printmaking. Olson immigrated to Canada to teach at the University of Alberta, and in 1975, joined the faculty at the Alberta College of Art and Design (now Alberta University of the Arts) in Calgary. He retired in 1995, retained as Emeritus faculty, and lives in Cochrane, Alberta. During his career, Olson travelled the USA and Canada as a visiting artist, teaching at the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Evansville in Indiana. His art has been exhibited internationally and is held in numerous private and public collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Red Deer College, and several U.S. Embassies.