Chris (Christian) Olson

Born 1905 in Oshkosh, WI
Died 2000 in Oshkosh, WI

Christian (Chris) Olson was born in rural Oshkosh and moved throughout his childhood to surrounding rural areas including Fremont, Weyauwega, Omro, and Berlin where his family was engaged in farming.

A self-taught artist with a natural drive to draw and paint, an uncle, who was an artist, provided Chris with oils and brushes during his grade school years. A Kiwanis Club award allowed him to study in Cedarburg with artist George Oberteuffer of the Chicago Art Institute. While this opportunity encouraged Chris to continue to pursue art as a career he had no success in selling his artwork locally and no other opportunity for further art training.

Subsequently he worked as a railroad section laborer, store clerk, and laborer in a flour mill to support himself while continuing to paint.

In the early 1930’s he and his father purchased a 40-acre farm in Omro, Wisconsin, where he worked summers at a nursery. In 1935, Olson took several of his paintings to Niles Behncke, the Director of the Oshkosh Public Museum who

Chris (Christian) Olson
Dew on Grass by Chris (Christian) Olson
Dew on Grass
Holy Hill by Chris (Christian) Olson
Holy Hill
Planters by Chris (Christian) Olson
Prayer by Chris (Christian) Olson
Preacher by Chris (Christian) Olson
10 x 8 in.
Sledders by Chris (Christian) Olson
10.5 x 7.5 in.
Snowy Country Roads 1 by Chris (Christian) Olson
Snowy Country Roads 1
8.5 x 7 in.
Strawberries by Chris (Christian) Olson