Robert Olsen (1969–2014)

Artist Robert Olsen has died in his parents’ home in Citrus Heights, California, reports David Colker of the Los Angeles Times. Born in 1969 in Turlock, Olsen graduated from high school in Germany. He earned his BA from California College of the Arts, Oakland, in 1998 and his MA from UCLA in 2002. While in school, Olsen had his first solo show at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, where he exhibited paintings that depicted bus shelters, soda machines, and parking meters and that evoked comparisons to paintings by artists Edward Ruscha and Edward Hopper. Los Angeles Times critic David Pagel wrote that Olsen's paintings “allow a hushed silence to descend upon ordinary things.”