Michael Olsen

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Michael Olsen


I enjoy the simple, beautiful things that life has to offer – family, love, the outdoors (cycling through it), music (better heard through a needle) and moments in time spent happily with others or alone – all of which I think, inspire me to try to make things to enjoy.

I’ve always been fascinated by nature and in particular butterflies. To me, there is something captivating about that moment when a butterfly stops to let an onlooker admire its form. Using this as my stimulus I wanted to see if I could create something that was both contemporary and visually stimulating, which could be displayed on the wall in the home. I decided to create a flight of butterflies. I love the idea of bringing nature indoors and made a conscious decision to make a piece large enough and intricate enough to be looked at daily, but always offer something new to see.

For these installations I work with hand painted feather butterflies, encased in simple acrylic boxes.

I am currently experimenting with colours and shapes and offer bespoke cabinets made to order.

I began creating these beautiful artworks 4 years ago. During the intervening years, no natural butterfly has been harmed in the process as I use hand-painted feather varieties.  Since then a growing audience in the UK and abroad has accepted and grown to love my Butterfly Art as have I. As I develop things just seem to get better.  The design, content and layout of my works have evolved & matured over the years. The art I created then is quite different to the what is finding its way into clients’ homes now.  The choice of butterfly colours are more vibrant & the layouts have more substance. I have streamlined the acrylic boxes from an original depth of 20cm to 15cm and now to 10cm.

As my art has become more widely regarded and accepted I’m being asked to undertake an increasing number of one-off commissions. The largest and most challenging piece of Butterfly Art that I have created so far measures 2m x 1.5m. This work will shortly feature at a charity auction taking place at the Dorchester Hotel. The aim is to raise £20,000 for this piece. Other interesting recent works are a freestanding display 1.8-metres high and a 1.2m. x 1.2m. commemorative work that incorporated 11 real butterflies mixed in with 600 of my feather varieties. This was a very moving memorial and gave me unfettered pleasure during its creation and presentation to the client.

Michael Olsen