ABOUT ME 


Inside Ollie's studio 2014My professional background in design, architecture and sculpture are evident in my paintings: rhythm, movement, massing, pattern making and especially sculptural compositions, which are usually painted on large canvases.

Large scale canvases can absorb the viewer, perhaps share the experience of the elemental scale of the theme being explored.

I originally studied architecture at the Architectural Association in the mid 1960s when it was a hotbed of revolutionary thinking about the built environment.

Having pursued painting, drawing and ’collecting’ European churches all my early life, I gravitated towards conservation work. Looking back, I valued the fresh thinking, and still do! But returning to painting was like going home.

At first I went to Byam Shaw for evening classes, but later took a career break from architecture in Windsor to attend Falmouth School of Art, where I obtained a first class honours degree in Fine Art, majoring in sculpture and awarded a prize.  I returned to architecture and moved to Wiltshire with my family until I took up painting full time in 2007.  My first attempt to exhibit a large painting at the Royal Academy Summer Show was successful.

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Influences

Touring Britain as a child, 'collecting' churches, the massive grandeur of Norman cathedrals made a deep impression: Ely, Durham, Peterborough and St Albans. Later, travelling through Europe with my parents during school holidays meant that Romanesque architecture such as Conques, Santiago de Compostella, and the Abbey of Ripoll, virtually entered my DNA.

Thus I was exposed to Renaissance classics from the outset. As an Architectural student I spent hours in Westminster public library looking at illustrations of great artists.  Cezanne and Paul Nash resonated the most.  Later came Goya and Matisse.    

Music plays an important part when painting, expressing rhythm and movement that I strive for in my own work.

Installations

My paintings hang on office walls, in large houses where there is the luxury of space but also at home in very modest spaces. Take a look at some of my paintings in situ here.  

Materials

My preferred materials are Spectrum oil paints on Whaleys cotton canvas primed with acrylic Gesso primer.  The paintings are deliberately unframed and kept simple. 

Other media are charcoal, oil pastels, water colours and graphite mainly supplied by Cornelis seen and The White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough.

Top photo by Michael Angove