Brian Olsen’s face, hands, feet and entire body are splattered with a multitude of paint colors. His hair is eschewed and a long white line of paint has dried from the tip of his hairline down to his collarbone.
He’s just finished up an incredible painting of Jim Morrison, of the iconic band The Doors, and is heaving with excitement and adrenaline.
Brian Olsen’s art combines all the elements of what makes art interesting. “Art in Action” is what he calls it, but it’s truly an elevation of performance art taken to the next level, using music as his energy and inspiration. On a 4-by-6 ft. canvas, he paints portraits of the biggest icons of our age using his hands, paint, and memorable jumps and kicks into the air.
As Brian explains, “It’s really a mixture of paint and energy and music and maybe a little bit of dance in there, sort of all balled together into one really exciting display of creative energy.”
From Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, Bob Marley and a host of other icons, Brian paints the most famous figures in pop culture using a combination of dazzling art and up-tempo music to create something truly special right on stage.
As a commemoration to the late Jim Morrison, who would have celebrated his 67th birthday on December 8th, Brian did his portrait for the first time. Blasting The Doors and completely entranced in his work, he completed a masterpiece in just under five minutes, wowing everyone in the audience.
So what’s next for the immensely successful artist?
“Tackling new projects, new subjects, and really maybe taking the canvas off the wall, is kind of elevating the art form to a different level.”