Eric H Olson

Born Stockholm 1907. Died 1995 in Malmö, Sweden.

BIOGRAPHY 
Exhibitions at Galerie Bel'Art: 1990, 1993, 2016

His first one man show of paintings in the expressionistic style was held in Stockholm in 1946.

During 1947 he began experimenting with geometric abstract forms and through Auguste Herbin, his geometric paintings were first shown at the Salon des Realities Nouvelles in Paris. Subsequent one-man shows held in Paris include: 1951 Galerie Breteau, 1952 Galerie Colette Allendy, 1953 Galerie Arnaud. These exhibitions consisted of paintings in which he exprimented with optical illusions and oscillation effects from the surface of rhombi and rhomboids. Olson also executed mural compositions, including mosaics and light modulated reliefs. Always interested in space and light, he began to explore optic color phenomena and the refraction of the light in molecular structures. Olson carried out this idea in art objects, ”optochromatics”, consisting of two or three rectangular glass plates in which the polarization of the light and bi-refracture interference had been coordinated. This work was exhibited for the first time in Oslo, Norway in 1958.

In 1961, A. B. Svensk Filmindustri, in collabration with Olson, made a documentary color film “levande farg” about optical art. The film, which presents compound and mobile glass panel compositions, was awarded a prize by the Swedish Government and an award at a film festival in Bolzano. In 1966, Olson in collaboration with composer Jan W. Morthenson and photographer Rune Hassner, produced a film, “Interfeence1” with optochromatic composition and electronic music which was awarded a prize by the Swedish Government.

His works are in collections of:
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio
Portland Art Museum, Oregon
The University of Rochester, Institute of Optics, New York
Staatliche kunstsammlungen, Dresden
Tate Gallery, London
Institut d’ Optique, Paris
Institute of Industrial Science, Tokyo
Muzem Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
Moderna museet, Stockholm
Malmö Konstmuseum
Örebro Konstmuseum
Gävle Konstmuseum
Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna