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Brian Olsen

Performance Painter 
Location:  Colorado
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.

  • Brian usually performs a show consisting of 3 to 4paintings 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.


If you have the opportunity to have Brian Olsen at your festival, group meeting, or any other event, I strongly encourage you to do it. Sponsoring Brian at the Des Moines Arts Festival was a fun and wonderful opportunity for us.

- Des Moines Arts Festival

“If you have the opportunity to have Brian Olsen at your art festival, group meeting, or any other event, I strongly encourage you to do it.”

- Sarah Todd

“Brian’s performance captivated the sold out crowd at one of the most high-profile Nuggets games of the year. Denver is lucky to have such a unique and exciting artist call it his home.”

  - Denver Nuggets

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