“Women Of Biblical History” – Illustrations

“Women Of Biblical History” – Illustrations

2000 2652 Peter Olsen

peter-olsenArtist Peter Olsen has used detail shared in the Bible to pay homage to the all of the women mentioned in it. That’s right, all of them. In these illustrations, Peter has crafted a wealth of emotion, personality, and depth to these women as he sees them. Women play a shamefully underrated role in the world’s greatest Book, and we wholly commend Peter for seeing their importance enough to spend such a large amount of time recreating them.

A NOTE ON MEDIUM: “If anyone thinks pen and ink is easy, they are wrong.  It is the most unforgiving medium!  Successful pen and ink artists develop technique and composition skills over many hours of hard work. Fluidity is important as is   precise stroke control.  Hatch, cross-hatch, gradation, tone, shading, contour are just a few of the skill levels to master.” — Peter Olsen




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Peter Olsen

It all began with a book….and within that book a passage that would change the heart, life, and career of Artist Peter Olsen. Born, raised, and educated in New York City, Peter Olsen was part of an amazing family whose faith was their cornerstone. His parents prayed that each of their three children would be involved in teaching and ministry – and amazingly, all three are. Peter’s ability to draw became evident at an early age, and as a young child often accompanied his painter/decorator father to jobs. He entered a private art academy at 15 for a classical art education that included drawing, painting in all mediums, and sculpting. He simultaneously garnered private commissions for paintings and murals, and at 18, he sold a sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum. Even though the New York City art scene in SOHO and Greenwich Village was an exciting place for new artists, he decided to relocate. To escape the finger-numbing cold winters of New York, he chose the palm tree paradise of South Florida and quickly began commissions for murals and paintings. This classically trained artist may have thought his art path was set, but in 1974 the narrative of a book from a family friend infused his imagination with a new-found clarity and passion. Peter rededicated his life and talent to God and since has developed a privately held collection of over 1,000 artworks based on the narrative and themes of the Old and New Testament. The collection includes large and medium size paintings in oil, mixed media, acrylic, works in wood, pen and ink illustrations. His projects include ‘The Revelation Series’, ‘Healings’, ‘The Book of Revelation Illustrated’, ‘Women of Biblical History Illustrated’, ‘The Minor Prophets’, ‘The Tribes of Israel’, ‘The Patriarchs’, and selected individual works. For the past 40 years, his art has been featured in magazines and newspapers, viewed on Christian programming via television and satellite, exhibited in museums, churches, schools, and universities, and used by pastors and professors around the world as a visual teaching tool. He also teaches art to children through adult in his studio as well as at a private Christian school. Many of his past and present students are now working artists, but they always find time to stop in for a visit. Peter Olsen is an artist, sculptor, and educator but above all he is a man of faith, and that faith inspires him to create art that edifies and glorifies God and encourages others to study His word.

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