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b. 1979, New Zealand

Oliver Perkins Biography

Oliver Perkins' paintings hover between a declaration of formal intent and material process. It is this opposition which he exploits to draw the viewer into a conversation of edge, surface and object. Perkins creates his paintings by stacking stretcher frames, pulling the canvas taught to reveal a an underlying system. It is the process of stretching that the artist adopts as a formal gesture and from which he builds a vocabulary of spatial understanding. The devices of foreground and background are translated into relief, heightening the surface upon which Perkins bisects with irregular lines.

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Born in New Zealand, Perkins received his MA from Chelsea School of Art, London, and is well represented between London and New Zealand. His practice is reductive and often monochromatic, and he describes his works as 'physical models that explicitly, and self reflectively, reveal the process and mechanics of production.' Yet the tension between representational space and relational concerns allow for a porous intersection to be established, navigated and negated.

Oliver Perkins Featured Artworks

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Serge by Oliver Perkins contemporary artwork
Oliver PerkinsSerge, 2020Ink, acrylic and size on canvas
45 x 60 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Hyena by Oliver Perkins contemporary artwork
Oliver PerkinsHyena, 2020Ink, acrylic and size on canvas
37 x 29 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Yardbird by Oliver Perkins contemporary artwork
Oliver PerkinsYardbird, 2019/2020Ink, acrylic and size on canvas
22.5 x 24.5 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Lighthouse by Oliver Perkins contemporary artwork
Oliver PerkinsLighthouse, 2019/2020Ink, acrylic, and size on canvas
33 x 27 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Tranche by Oliver Perkins contemporary artwork
Oliver PerkinsTranche, 2019Ink, sie, acrylic on canvas
65 x 60 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
The Oyster by Oliver Perkins contemporary artwork
Oliver PerkinsThe Oyster, 2019Ink, size, acrylic on canvas
40 x 33 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
The Host by Oliver Perkins contemporary artwork
Oliver PerkinsThe Host, 2018Ink, size, pre-primed canvas on canvas
75 x 70 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
Present by Oliver Perkins contemporary artwork
Oliver PerkinsPresent, 2019Oil, ink size and cotton rope on canvas
27 x 19 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery

Oliver Perkins Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Oliver Perkins, Casting a crisis, Painting a cat, Looking out a window at Michael Lett, Auckland
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27 August–26 September 2020 Oliver Perkins Casting a crisis, Painting a cat, Looking out a window Michael LettAuckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Oliver Perkins, Pilgrim's Oyster at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
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27 September–19 October 2019 Oliver Perkins Pilgrim's Oyster Jonathan Smart GalleryChristchurch

Oliver Perkins In Related Press

Perkins' innovative stretchers at Hopkinson Mossman Related Press Perkins' innovative stretchers at Hopkinson Mossman 11 June 2015, EyeContact

This, Oliver Perkins’ second show at Hopkinson Mossman, carries on his investigations of canvas and stretcher, playing against the usual conventions of portable (but permanent) pigment support - his colour carefully chosen via acrylic and ink. With rectangular stretchers leaning against the wall inside carefully prepared outer canvas frames...

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Oliver Perkins At Rod Barton, London Related Press Oliver Perkins At Rod Barton, London 11 August 2014, Mousse Magazine / 29 July 2014

Oliver Perkins’ playful ‘Implant Paintings’ are formed through a defined system that repeats the subtleties inherent to their construction. Perkins defines these works as physical models that explicitly, and self-reflectively, reveal process and document the mechanics of production itself. Using one of the foundations of painting...

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