"Unlike his predecessors, Olson has no need of the sharp juxtapositions and harsh implications of surrealist dream imagery to stake out the incongruities of the imaginary. Instead he takes this territory, so hard-won in the art of the 1930s, as a given and makes it his natural home... His work is about the possibilities of paint itself and the elegant and seductive play of a painter's hand and eye." 

- The late John Caldwell, curator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art