Like many young painters today, Olson plows the fertile soil of Early Modern abstraction for his small and moderately scaled canvases, which echo the work of Synchronist artists such as Morgan Russell and Stanton MacDonald-Wright. This resemblance, however, is merely a conveyance for Olson's true obsession, which involves building up and sanding successive layers of oil paint, wax and marble dust to achieve a surface effect that is both colorful and restrained.
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