Performance Painter Brian Olsen is "Art In Action" http://brianolsenart.com Performance Painting - Speed Painter Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:51:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Denny Dent My Mentor – Brian Olsen Art In Action http://brianolsenart.com/denny-dent-my-mentor-brian-olsen-art-in-action http://brianolsenart.com/denny-dent-my-mentor-brian-olsen-art-in-action#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:27:31 +0000 http://brianolsenart.com/?p=2673 Check out an up close glimpse into how Brian Olsen and Denny Dent shared a journey of Performance Painting and life. This Google Hangout really takes you back to where “Art In Action” was born.

Denny is accredited with creating the form of art that is known as Performance Painting or Speed Painting. To see how Brian has progressed with this art form check out the slides, videos and testimonials on the home page of this site.

 

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“Hangout” With Performance Painter Brian Olsen http://brianolsenart.com/hangout-with-performance-painter-brian-olsen http://brianolsenart.com/hangout-with-performance-painter-brian-olsen#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:28:49 +0000 http://brianolsenart.com/?p=2666 Hangout with renowned performance painter Brian Olsen. Today,he launched a new chapter of Art In Action Live google hangouts to give you a chance to get an inside look at his art, performances and inspiration behind his creative process. This is the first video in Brian’s studio. Enjoy!

 

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Bringing Art To The Corporate World http://brianolsenart.com/bringing-art-to-the-corporate-world http://brianolsenart.com/bringing-art-to-the-corporate-world#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:04:09 +0000 http://bolsen.lakewoodhandyman.net/?p=2614 Corporate Event Performance PaintingCorporate Performance Painter Brian OlsenBy: Ines Min

We’re taught at a young age not to use our hands to paint, but brushes, and to shade within the lines with color pencils. For Brian Olsen, a one-man show of music and art, that’s exactly what he does — for major corporations.

Olsen brought his explosive 6-brush, hands, knees and elbow-painting style to Korea for the first time last week in Olympic Park, at the launch of Audi’s new V8 car.

At this point, many people would say: “Huh?”

Olsen, the world’s only apprentice to the ’80s name Denny Dent, specializes in a specific genre of artwork that doesn’t quite fit between the clean lines of traditional painting, performance art and speed painting.

Working with a recurring portfolio of iconic figures — his “repertoire” — the spiky-haired 37-year-old (will update Sunday) recreates the likeness of everyone from James Dean to Mohammed Ali.

Donning paint-splattered black clothing, he works on a black canvas to the beat of a rock song — furiously leaping, splashing and sliding his extremities across his medium. (While Dent’s show was the “Two-Fisted Art Attack,” Olsen goes for the alliterative “Art in Action.”)

The unique practice has evolved since the time of Olsen’s tutor, and the protege now performs predominantly for major companies.
Combining entertainment with inspirational tidbits between shows, the artist has moved from pop icons to buildings, logos and now cars.

He continues to develop his style with new levels of dimension; his newest show involves simultaneous portraits of The Beatles, painted on a rotating cube.

“In between the paintings I’ll address the audience directly and I’ll talk about my creative process, how I create artwork, and how that process can apply to someone else’s work,” Olsen told The Korea Times ahead of his Audi performance Tuesday, at the Park Hyatt Seoul.

“Whether they’re in sales, or in product development, the creative process is universal in how you approach things. And it ties into ‘How do you overcome obstacles,’ ‘How do you overcome problems,’ or ‘How do you recognize the tools that you have to work with?’

“The show is kind of motivational in that sense that I’m able to take my audience on a journey.”

A connection with his audience is what the artist seeks most, while accessibility is his best method — an important aspect considering Olsen performs 40 to 50 shows a year across the globe.

“What I do isn’t necessarily language-based, so I can create the same experience in any country that I go to,” he said.

“And it’s the excitement of art and music, in action, and kind of dance, and all these different art forms that sort of ball together into my show.”

While Olsen’s performances almost always finish without a hitch, there have been the occasional goofs such as stage lights blacking out or a CD player malfunction. Now he travels with two CD players and two CDs.

“Each show, each time I get on stage it’s an experience. Anything can happen, and that’s kind of one of the exciting (things),” said the artist-performer.

“It’s not like you hit the play button and it’s already been recorded and you can go through your track or something. It’s a moment in time.”

Reaching that stage took practice, as landscape architecture-trained Olsen worked closely with Dent to become an ambidextrous painter, create the right proportions at such a close angle, and time himself. While Dent helped his student construct his own show, an untimely death left Olsen without a mentor.

He picked himself up, however, and threw himself into the trade, learning to promote himself, create a brand and image. But through his success, it is still that desire to spread the reach of art that fuels him.

“I can go into the studio and create artwork, and sell it to a gallery, and you can go and look at it on a wall. But I think the process of creating is what’s really exciting,” he said.

“It’s not just this high-end gallery-like artwork. It’s real, it’s kind of in your face, and it happens quickly, in about eight minutes — so it fits into people’s attention spans.

“I’m able to grasp a huge population of people that aren’t interested in art because maybe they’re intimidated by it… there’s no secret. You watch it happen.”

And for all his flair on stage, Olsen isn’t just seeking the spotlight.

“Sometimes I let people in my studio, but I guess there’s still some part of me that’s this reclusive artist, and I don’t really like people to come in until it’s done,” he said with a smile.

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Audience Engagement: Brillux http://brianolsenart.com/audience-engagement-brillux http://brianolsenart.com/audience-engagement-brillux#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:03:36 +0000 http://bolsen.lakewoodhandyman.net/?p=2609 Brian Olsen Paints Bob Marley with Brillux PaintsPerformance Painting Brillux Corporate EventBrian Olsen Performs for BrilluxFun at Brillux Corporate Event with Brian OlsenBrian traveled to Germany to entertain the enthusiastic folks at Brillux- a leading paint company. Using Brillux paints, Brian painted portraits of Bob Marley, Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson  for the 4,000 guests there  there to celebrate the companies 125thyear in business. Following his performance, Brian and his translator, internationally renowned German singer and entertainer Helene Fischer engaged and entertained the crowd as Brian fielded questions from the audience.  Brian’s witty and insightful responses kept the conversation amongst the participants ongoing for hours. 

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Unique & Memorable Entertainment http://brianolsenart.com/unique-memorable-entertainment http://brianolsenart.com/unique-memorable-entertainment#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:55:00 +0000 http://bolsen.lakewoodhandyman.net/?p=2606 Toronto Couple by Brian Olsen Art In ActionPlanners are always searching for ways to make that special day unique. Most recently a father of a bride-to-be, who Brian had wowed at a New Year’s Eve event at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, invited Brian to Toronto to perform and his daughter’s wedding. As guests filtered out of the ceremony they were left speechless as Brian, with six brushes in each hand, accompanied by a local DJ, painted a 6 x 4.5 foot portrait of the bride and groom in Brian Olsen style! What a way to make a wedding memorable.

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Corporate Branding: Pepsi http://brianolsenart.com/corporate-branding-pepsi http://brianolsenart.com/corporate-branding-pepsi#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:53:01 +0000 http://bolsen.lakewoodhandyman.net/?p=2603 Pepsi Logo by Brian OlsenOur friends at Pepsi recently threw a memorable event in NYC, and Brian was there to kick off the general session with an awe-inspiring logo reveal. The company’s corporate colors, limited to red, white and blue, proved to be no match for Brian’s creative approach. The audience was familiar with Brian’s stunning portraits and expected to see just that, but when the splattering of paint accompanied by just the right mix of music came to end, the crowd was astonished at the site of the familiar Pepsi logo—it left them cheering for more!

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Olsen ” In the Spotlight” of Denver Life Magazine http://brianolsenart.com/olsen-in-the-spotlight-of-denver-life-magazine http://brianolsenart.com/olsen-in-the-spotlight-of-denver-life-magazine#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:35:34 +0000 http://brianolsenart.com/?p=2054 Denver Life Magazine 2014 Features Brian Olsen Art In ActionBrian Olsen's Art In Actionin the SpotlightDenver Life

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Rocky Mountain PBS Video Interview with Brian Olsen http://brianolsenart.com/rocky-mountain-pbs-video-interview-with-brian-olsen http://brianolsenart.com/rocky-mountain-pbs-video-interview-with-brian-olsen#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2014 15:40:41 +0000 http://brianolsenart.com/?p=2006

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Olsen bids, So long, Farewell to Jay Leno of the Tonite Show/NBC http://brianolsenart.com/olsen-bids-so-long-farewell-to-jay-leno-of-the-tonite-shownbc http://brianolsenart.com/olsen-bids-so-long-farewell-to-jay-leno-of-the-tonite-shownbc#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 06:32:19 +0000 http://brianolsenart.com/?p=2022 Jay Lenno Artwork by Brian Olsen

So Long, Farewell, Jay Leno from the Tonight Show! 22 years and 160,000 jokes! Wow! As Billy Crystal put it on your final night,” You were America’s night light, you helped us through good times and bad, our country would stay up for your monologues and to hear the news in your perspective.” This painting is devoted to your hard work and entertainment. See more of Brian’s  art, featured in videos, slides, and pictures on http://brianolsenart.com/

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Olsen Creates Tribute To Denver Broncos At “Flight To Luxury” Event http://brianolsenart.com/olsen-performs-at-fourth-annual-flight-to-luxury-event-in-centennial-colorado http://brianolsenart.com/olsen-performs-at-fourth-annual-flight-to-luxury-event-in-centennial-colorado#comments Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:25:53 +0000 http://brianolsenart.com/?p=1953  

Denver Broncos Coprorate Event chooses Brian Olsen's Art In Action

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Art, music,fashion, jets, sports cars, and luxury Cuvée villas  came together on Friday, September 20th, 2013 to benefit Denver’s Youth. The Fourth Annual Flight to Luxury event, presented by Cuvée Ventures,  raised  proceeds for the Boys & Girls Clubs John Elway, Wes Welker admire Brian Olsen Art In Actionof Metro Denver, an organization that provides a safe, enriching place for more than 2,000 youth to go to every day after school and during the summer.

The event’s primary objective was to unite the Denver Community in support of a life-changing mission: To allow Denver’s youth the opportunity to succeed.

Cuvée’s Director of Marketing, Laura Cisco, who was instrumental in the planning of the annual event was looking for entertainment that would add to the impact of the event and ensure guests had something new to talk about, so she hired local celebrity Brian Olsen Art In Action. Olsen warmed up with a fashionable performance painting of Marilyn Monroe followed by  a one of a kind custom piece of the Denver Broncos Logo which was  signed live both  by Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations, John Elway, and wide receiver Wes Welker and immediately auctioned for over tens of thousands of dollars during the event.

Over 1,000 attendees experienced the 2013 Hanger party created by Larry Mueller,  the Managing Partner of Cuvée Ventures. “So many of us go to the typical charity events where you sit around a round table and we really wanted to do something that was the antithesis of that.”

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The Signature Flight Support private jet hangar at Centennial Airport   housed the red-carpet event showcasing the most elite elements of  spectacular travel: Cuvée’s custom-couture villas in the world’s most stunning destinations, first-class private jets by Jet Linx, and luxury sports cars by Ferrari of Denver and Sill-TerHar Motors. Also featured was a  couture fashion show from local Denver boutiques, delectable cuisine and drinks from the Mile High City’s top eateries and hip hop violinist, Maestro Hughes.

Cuvée found a way to wow their  guests utilizing Brian Olsen while uniting the local community to raise funds for an important cause.  Find the right way to energize your next meeting or event by maximizing Brian Olsen’s fine artistry and performance.

E-mail: info@brianolsenart.com or call: 720.570.2303

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