Performers & Speakers
Genre: Performance Painter
Performance Painter Brian Olsen Using fingertips, palms, elbows and up to three brushes in each hand, Brian paints portraits of famous people including musicians, sports figures, and top corporate heads on a four and a half by six foot canvas in just a matter of minutes. His creations are choreographed to music that is powerful and stimulates the senses. Brian’s Art in Action is described as “an emotional experience” taking his audience through an amazing journey of excitement, suspense, cheer, and surprise. The term Speed Painter does not do justice to his ability to captivate his audience and share the experience of color, music, and action is a way to bring people into the world of art and creativity. It is a new artform that brings people together to share the explosion of art and stir up the personal creativity we all have within.
Brian Olsen’s energy is infectious. To witness the explosion of lines, shapes and colors onto the canvas is to experience creativity in its most kinetic form. And it’s most entertaining. But it’s a lot more than just entertainment. It truly is “Art In Action”.
In less than 10 minutes Brian Olsen can turn an oversized canvas into a work of art. Using six brushes simultaneously and often just his hands, he’ll paint the perfect likeness of famous musicians, sports legends, iconic movie stars and historic figures. Portraits that capture the colorful personalities behind the faces. Meanwhile, he engages the audience in the creative process. Inspiring them to let go. To take chances. And to be creative themselves.
There is a simple message in Brian’s show: Be yourself, be creative, and take chances. You never know what you might discover. But, whatever it is, do itwith all yor heart.
Brian performs for corporations, and other organizations, around the country--even overseas (Motorola, AT&T, Sprint, Samsung & more).
Brian usually performs a show consisting of 3 to 4 paintings in a day.
The paintings can be done together or broken up at various times during the day.
The paintings are usually from Brian's repertoire of various icons (see below for partial list). He can also paint people you are honoring at your event.
Sample repertoire of celebrities Brian has painted: Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Buffet, Johnny Cash, Albert Einstein, Teddy Roosevelt, Ray Charles, Elvis Presely, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Abraham Lincoln, James Dean & Sting.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“The show was fabulous and feedback was 100% positive. Given we hadn’t announced what the entertainment was, it was not only a huge surprise, the shock value of Brian’s performance was wonderful. The execution and timing were flawless.”
“The show was a spectacular experience from the moment Brian entered the stage to the unveiling of his masterpieces. Throughout his performance, we were continually amazed at his artistic genius and showmanship, plus everyone had a great time guessing the name of who would be the famous face on the portrait.”
“I want to thank you for an outstanding performance at our National Convention, our audience was thrilled with your Art In Action. Their excitement with your work carried over to the Saturday night auction when the two paintings sold at premium prices. It was a pleasure working with both you and James! ”
- Ducks Unlimited